Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 6, 2020
(1942 - 2020)
On Sunday, February 2, 2020, Gregory Anthony Heller,
loving husband, father of seven children and grandfather
of 13 passed away at age 77.
Greg was born on June 1, 1942 in Washington, DC. He
spent his childhood in and around his father's bakery,
Heller's Bakery, in Mt. Pleasant. He graduated from: Gonzaga College High School
(1960), Georgetown University and American University in Washington, DC.
Greg met the love of his life, Cecilia Jakub, on a blind date. Greg and Cecilia married on
December 30, 1967 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
This date was the beginning of 52 years of marriage, honorable service to his country in
the United States Army Reserves and moves to homes around the Washington, DC area
as his family grew. Greg had a long career with the United States Patent Office through his
retirement. He took his family on regular trips to the beach, modelled a strong faith,
enrolled his children in Catholic Schools, band, multiple sports and activities. He enjoyed
lunch with his co-workers, attending the "Baker's" Picnic on the Chesapeake Bay, visits to
New Jersey and many family reunions and events.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Ludwig and Elizabeth Heller, and his beloved
brother Richard (Dicky).
Greg was proud of his seven children. His daughter Jean and husband Rick Santiago, of
Baltimore, MD; daughter Claire and husband Barry Hargreaves of Potomac Falls, VA; son
Gregory of Fairfax, VA; daughter Laura and husband Stephen Phillips of Midlothian, VA;
son Matthew and wife Mary Beth of Springfield, VA; son Timothy and wife Jessica Yeo of
Arlington, VA; and daughter Sheila and husband Patrick Powell of Falls Church, VA. Greg
will be fondly remembered by his 13 grandchildren, Jack, Pitcher, Nicholas, Nate, Luke,
Macie, Grady, Noah, Daniel, Beckett, Sean, Lorelei and Zachary.
Greg is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Sweet and brothers Herbert and Gerald
Heller; dear cousins, godchildren, nieces and nephews.
Viewings will be held on Thursday, February 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. at Fairfax
Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032.
A Catholic funeral mass in memory of Greg will be held on Friday, February 7, at 11 a.m.
at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5222 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22032.