Anna Heller, 88, Mt. Holly School Nurse

Posted: July 16, 1995

Anna C. Heller, 88, a school nurse who gave three decades of service to Mount Holly schools, students and families, died Tuesday at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland, where she lived.

A 1926 graduate of the former Mount Holly High School, Mrs. Heller received her nursing degree from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and her school nursing permit from Trenton State College in 1935. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Rutgers University in 1947.

Mrs. Heller was a nurse and social worker for Mount Holly Township public schools from 1949 until retiring in 1968. In 1969, the board of education voted to name a new elementary school on Levis Avenue after her to honor her service to the community. The school remains in service today, housing administrative offices and special education classes.

"She was the kind of person who did all kinds of things for all kinds of people," said former Mount Holly School Superintendent John Mengel, who began working in the district as a teacher the same year that Mrs. Heller was hired as nurse.

When a child had a problem, Mrs. Heller didn't let the school's boundaries stop her, Mengel said. She was a frequent visitor to students' homes. Often, if she found the family was ill, she would help the entire family arrange doctor's appointments.

Mrs. Heller did much of the work on her own time, even cleaning house for sick families. She often provided food and clothing that she either paid for or obtained from various social services.

"She was a real thin little lady who just scooted all over the place and was a buzz saw of energy," Mengel said.

Before becoming a school nurse, Mrs. Heller was one of the first nurses hired by the Burlington Tuberculosis League to work in the schools.

Mrs. Heller was a World War II veteran of the Army Nursing Corps. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 11 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2692, both in Mount Holly. She was a charter member of the Burlington County School Nurses Association.

Mrs. Heller is survived by a nephew, Edward Campana.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. Tuesday at Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlane Cemetery in Mount Holly.

Memorial donations may be made to the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home, 524 Northwest Blvd., Vineland, N.J. 08360.