Michael Heiberger

Michael Heiberger passed away peacefully on the evening of April 13, 2021 after battling cancer for 13 years. His friend Alan said, “In his usual fashion he didn’t tell many people (that he had cancer), he just got on with life as it happened.”
    He was born in Oceanside, N.Y. on April 13, 1954, the second child of Joseph and Rose Heiberger.  
  Michael is survived by his wife of 16 years, Patricia M. DuVall, and his nephew, Michael LeFever.
   Michael, also known as “too  tall or TT,” attended Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. where he received his degree in Mechanical Engineering while working for General Electric Research and Development Center in Schenectady. One of Michael’s  interests which at Union College was boxing in the heavyweight division in the Schenectady Boxing Club.  
After graduating from college, he applied to the Navy and became a Communication Officer on the nuclear submarine, the USS Guardfish. When his enlistment period ended in 1984, he moved to San Diego and worked for General Atomics. Also, along the way, Michael, the “Inventor” was granted several Certificates for United States Patents for various highly technical mechanical devices.
Eventually he returned to the east coast and settled first in the Boston area where he worked for Foster Miller and eventually retired to his favorite home in Cape Cod.  
Michael met his wife Pati in Annapolis, Md., where he regularly traveled for business purposes while working for General Atomics.  After they married on the Schooner Liberte in Annapolis in 2005, Pati moved into Michael’s home in Chatham where they have resided since.  (The first of their two weddings was held on the Cape with Pati’s large, extended family, whose eldest sister was an ordained minister.  Mike always chided that he wasn’t sure which wedding was legal.)  
In Chatham they enjoyed, boating, fishing, clamming and lobstering.  Michael was also an avid cook and loved trying new recipes   He frequently cooked for his friends and family and the meals mostly included freshly caught fish, clams, lobsters and/or mussels which they gathered themselves.  When he had more free time, he also started painting with acrylics and was probably  inspired by his wife who is a talented artist herself.  He was also always a muscle car enthusiast and loved his old Plymouth GTX convertible. More recently, he loved driving around Chatham in his Ford Mustang convertible.  
As Michael wished there will not be a funeral service.  At his request, his ashes will be scattered at sea  in a small wooden lobster trap with the name of the submarine he served on, along with a few of his favorite cigars, in a private ceremony at his favorite fishing spot off the coast of Chatham. In lieu of flowers or charity donations, just hug your loved ones a little tighter.
Quotes from friends of Michael’s from his Navy, business and social life:
“When I met Mike in 1982, he was the Communication Officer on the nuclear fast attack submarine USS Guardfish (SSN 612). I think Mike joined the US Navy because it combined his interest in mechanical machines, the ocean and powerful weapon systems.  He was a big, likeable guy who had strong opinions about everyone and everything, He was unique, a great combination of humor and cynicism. Until he left the Navy, Mike was our favorite dinner guest while the boat was in shipyard.  His mild rants about the world were inciteful and entertaining at the same time.  It takes a powerful combination of patience, tolerance and backbone to hang with Mike.  Pati had the optimal demeanor to be Mike’s partner.”  -Brian
“I loved Michael like a brother.  Even though he would not know it, he was instrumental in helping me overcome my shyness and he helped broaden my views and perspective on so many things. But for him, today I might be another person, perhaps less than I am.”  -Ron
“He was a great mentor to me at GA (General Atomics), and many of the things he taught me professionally in the mid-90’s still resonates regularly through my head, and influence me.  He was indeed a reserved and dignified person in  many ways.  One of the more memorable things he taught me was derived from his submarine experience: never give up, keep doing the right thing even in stressful circumstances, because often it will pay off.  I won’t forget that.”  -Will
“Mike was an inspiration to me, and I really enjoyed the time we worked together.  He had a good life but was taken too soon.  His legend and inspirations will live on here at GA (General Atomics).” -Ed
“We met after he graduated from the Academy of Aeronautics and came to Schenectady for a job interview at the General Electric Research and Development Center.  It was a great company in those days and the Research Center with over 500 world-renowned PHd’s was first class.” -Mike P.
“Mike’s dry humor and wit was appreciated by all, and our get-togethers became as much about the conversations as the  meals. We will miss him dearly.” -Tilda and Bill
 
 
Nancy Flavin Ferrucci
Nancy Flavin Ferrucci of Brasstown, N.C., passed away on April 15 from congestive heart failure. She was 76.
Nancy was born in the Hyannis Hospital to Anna (Horton) and Clifford Rourke (both deceased) and she grew up in Chatham, spending endless hours enjoying the beaches and beauty of our rural peninsula.  
   She moved to New York to be the governess of a large family in her late teens but returned to Chatham every summer with the Hartnett family to once again reunite with her family and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of Chatham. She was an avid water skier and an exceptionally talented one.  When the five children grew up and moved out of the home, Nancy came back to Chatham and worked many years at the Cape Cod Five Savings Bank. She met her husband-to-be (Bud Flavin) in Orleans and they moved to Florida. She was widowed after only a few years, but chose to stay in Florida, now her home.  For five years she was a heavily valued volunteer with the ARC, contributing selflessly to the success of the Vero Beach organization and receiving numerous awards. She adopted an elderly developmentally disabled “daughter” Shirley and took her into her home.  Eventually she met and married Bob Ferrucci. After that memorable year of vicious hurricanes that devastated Florida, Nancy and Bob said goodbye to Sebastian and moved to a beautiful log cabin in mountains of Brasstown, N.C. They were excited to pursue a totally different life, where there was an abundance of wildlife and even an occasional bear managed to get his share of birdseed from their birdfeeder. It is beautiful country and they really loved it there.  
Nancy will be remembered as caring, generous, creative and very much an animal lover. She was sweet and kind and will be sorely missed. She is survived by her husband Robert, her sister Patricia Eldridge and her husband Edward and her son Scott Masaschi.  Scott, his wife Shane and their daughter Taylor were very special to Nancy as was Meg Hartnett Goncalves, the daughter in the family she lovingly raised for so many years. Nancy will be missed by her loving friends and neighbors in North Carolina.
Nancy’s wish was to be cremated and her ashes spread upon her mountains. A memorial service will be held at a later date.