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Heidi Forest

October 28, 1953 ~ August 11, 2017 (age 63)

HEIDI FOREST 1953 2017 HOLYOKE- Heidi (Chmiel) Forest, 63, a longtime Holyoke resident passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 11, 2017 at her home. She was born in Holyoke on October 28, 1953 a daughter of the late Slyvester “Turk” Chmiel and Anna L. (Steinbock) and graduated from South Hadley High School. Heidi was a dedicated employee at Mt. Holyoke College where she began working in the kitchen as a young teen. Most recently, she retired as a senior program analyst in 2015 after completing over 35 years of service with the college. She enjoyed spending time in her yard, gardening, reading, painting, sewing and quilting. She loved a good campfire and being able to care for her family. Heidi is survived by her husband of over 46 years, Michael A. Forest of Holyoke; her two sons, Scott Forest and his wife Nicole of Holyoke, Brian Forest of Holyoke and her three adored grandchildren, Jessica, Oliver and Allyson Forest. She also leaves her two brothers, Fran Chmiel of Chicopee; Donald Chmiel and his wife Carolyn of Salisbury Beach, MA; her three sisters, Donna Baldonieri and her husband Rick of PA; Peg Redfern and her husband Rick of AZ; Beverly Cobb and her husband David of VA and several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. In addition to her parents Heidi was also predeceased by two brothers, Richard and Ronald Chmiel. Life celebration hours will be held on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 4-7PM at Messier Funeral Home, 1944 Northampton St, Holyoke, MA 01040. A funeral home service will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 10AM at Messiers. If friends desire memorial donations in Heidi’s name can be made to Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St., Spfld, MA 01104 or to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit for more details.

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