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Heidi Jostes

January 26, 1974 February 2, 2016
Heidi Jostes
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Heidi Jostes (nee Trantow) was born January 26, 1974 in River Forest. She attended OPRF HS and went off to Hope College, graduating in 1992. She worked as a social worker in Tacoma, Washington. In 1997 she received a diagnosis of osteo sarcoma in her thigh. She returned home to Chicago, was treated and cured. She came back to WA and after several years earned a nursing certificate. She enjoyed a job in a Tacoma Hospital on an oncology floor for two years. Then after a diagnosis of lymphoma, she returned to River Forest, had chemo treatments again and later a stem cell transplant. Heidi needed an amputation of her right leg due to many complications. While learning to walk with a prosthesis, she achieved a BSN on line. She worked as an oncology nurse in an outpatient clinic in the Chicago area for almost a year. This time severe fatigue was an initial symptom and a blood test confirmed she suffered from TMA, kidney failure. The last 3 years she received treatment. In August, in November and 1 week ago, she suffered strokes. The resulting effect in the first two incidents was aphasia. While being treated at Rush for the recent TIA's, she had a brain bleed which led to her death one week later. ��During Heidi's life, she inspired others with her faith in God, her optimism, and her sweet empathetic spirit. She volunteered with amputee support groups and became an Imerman Angel. Members of this group uplift newly diagnosed cancer patients by being paired with recovered cancer patients with the same diagnosis. So Heidi, having been an osteo-sarcoma (cancer) survivor and a lymphoma survivor, mentored sarcoma patients and lymphoma patients. ��During her last week of life, while listless, but cognicent of those around her, she stroked the recent sutured thumb of her sister, patted the sweater and forearm of her friend, and with open eyes she spoke 1 and 2 word sentences to those visiting her in the hospital while squeezing their hands. ��Heidi loved life and family. She was sympathetic to any she knew who suffered and tried to encourage the sick, the infirmed, and the aged. She didn't get to practice her nursing for very many years, but she left a legacy of witnessing and serving. ��She is survived by her husband Jerome Jostes, her parents, Pete and Martha Trantow, her sister, Laura Novotny (John), her brother Tom Trantow (Thea) and five nieces: Isa and Maddi Novotny, Shaelin, Lily, and Brielle Trantow, and one nephew, Charlie Novotny. A memorial service will be held ��Saturday, February 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, 7551 Quick Ave. River Forest. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ada F. Addington Hospice Care Center at Rush University Health Center, 710 S. Paulina Street, Chicago, IL 60612, or Imerman Angels, 205 W. Randolph, 19th floor, Chicago, IL 60606 are appreciated.��


Saturday, February 6

2 p.m.��

First Presbyterian Church of River Forest

7551 Quick, River Forest, IL 60305��

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