Heidi Marie Michaelis

Heidi Marie Michaelis, 45, died May 25, 2021, at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis due to an acute illness, with her mother and brother at her bedside.

Heidi was born in 1975 in Dublin, Ireland to Cynthia “Cindy” and Gary Michaelis.

Heidi was raised in Hinsdale and was an avid swimmer and basketball player. After graduating from Hinsdale Central High School, she received a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala. She worked as a middle school teacher.

Heidi was a lover of music and good times. Her mix-tapes and play lists were famous. She frequented concerts and festivals with her friends and her brother throughout her youth. Heidi loved children and her four-legged companions, Sierra and Tess, who were held very close to her heart. She was a “maker” and could often be found creating DIY projects. She loved visiting with her family and friends.

Heidi generously donated her body to the Anatomical Education Program at Indiana University School of Medicine. This gift will contribute significantly to the advancement of health science education in Indiana.

The family would like to thank the dedicated nurses and doctors in the ICU at IU Methodist for their outstanding care for Heidi and the compassion and support they gave to the family. They would also like to thank their friends and family for their support during Heidi’s illness.

She is survived by her mother, Cindy Michaelis; her brother, Dr. Todd (Nell Donaldson) Michaelis; her nieces and nephew, Charlotte, Gus and Thea; extended family, Mary Annette Poynter, Martha and Ernie Kivett, Carrie and Tom Zupancic, Christie and Randy Michaelis, Beth and John Springman, and Sally and Dennis Michaelis; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gary Michaelis; and her grandparents, Mary and Gus Zupancic, and Ruth and Paul Michaelis.

A celebration of life will be private.

Memorials may be made online to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, attn: Tribute Processing, 501 St Jude Place. Memphis, TN, or online at https://www.stjude.org.