Heather L. Began
Heather L. Began, 25, of Avondale, AZ, formerly of Altamont, died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ, as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Cornerstone Christian Church, Effingham with Pastor Jim Nash officiating. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m., Sunday, October 13, 2019 at the church. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Altamont. Memorials may be made to a scholarship to be established in Heather's name. Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Heather was born in Effingham, IL on Thursday, October 7, 1993 to Robert and Julie (Osteen) Began. She was a graduate of Altamont Community High School, Lake Land College and Eastern Illinois University. She was a first-grade teacher at Estrella Vista Elementary School in Avondale, AZ. Heather was a member of Christ Church of the Valley, Avondale Campus. She enjoyed volunteer work in the children's program and other missionary work beyond that. She volunteered at the Nino Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix, AZ. She loved hiking, camping, and tubing. She loved to learn, explore, live life to the fullest, and was always awaiting the next adventure.
In addition to her parents, Heather is survived by; her sister, Hannah Began, Altamont; maternal grandparents, Buddy (Judi) Osteen, Altamont; paternal grandparents, Tom and Ann Began, Effingham; aunts and uncles, Ryan (Kirsten) Osteen, Altamont, Dustin Osteen, Effingham, Nancy (Marty) Huskey, Vandalia, Mike (Alison) Began, Watson; as well as many cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother Margie Osteen.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.giesekingfh.com
Published on October 8, 2019


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Cindy Sapp
Oct 11, 2019
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Oct 09, 2019
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Jennifer Grbic
Oct 08, 2019
Heather was such an amazing person and teacher. I started working with her as her coach/mentor last year, and we quickly became friends. She always went out of her way to do the absolute best for her students. I remember her first day teaching when she read a story to her students about the first day of school and she gave them all “Jitter Juice” aka “Bug Juice” (her classroom theme was insects/nature) to toast the start of the year. She worked with each student to come up with a nickname unique for them, which they went by with pride. She made time everyday to check in with her class as a whole that she called “Family Time”. She was always one of the first ones on campus and one... of the last to leave. No matter how stressful a day was, she always looked to the bright side. If you needed a smile, Heather was your gal. Though we feel this horrible loss, we know that Heaven has gained a true angel. I know that she is watching over all of her students now and forevermore.Read more
Polly Brink
Oct 08, 2019
I met Heather on the trip to Scotland. I really enjoyed her company. My sympathy and prayers are with all of her family, especially Hannah.