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Some people brighten up a room with their smile. Others make life sweet for those around them by their actions.
Heidi Schuerstedt did both, and then some.
Whether it was serving up treats at her Paddock Lake bakery or putting together Paddock Lake’s annual Oktoberfest, Heidi did it with enthusiasm and smiles.
“Her smile was so contagious you just wanted to be a part of anything she was a part of,” said friend Rebecca Lancour, owner of Westosha Floral.
“With her personality and approach, Heidi could take anything she did and make it better,” said her brother, Orrin Huebner.
“She was silly, crazy and lit up the room,” said her sister, Mary Caldrone.
Heidi Schuerstedt, 54, of Bristol, died June 1 at Froedtert Hospital after a battle with leukemia. Survivors include her children, Shannon, Brian, Ana and Marcel (Kristina); brothers, Donald (Jean), Barry (Gayle), Orrin (Debby), Scott (Lynette) and Christopher (Rolean); sisters, Rebecca (Michael) Piper, and Mary (Robert) Caldrone; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Heidi was born in Evanston, Ill., on March 1, 1963, one of eight children of Donald and Nancy (Stearns) Huebner. Heidi and her siblings grew up in Mount Prospect, Ill., and she graduated from high school in Arlington Heights.
As the first girl born following five boys, Heidi became a bit of a tomboy. Heidi grew to love competitive sports and running. She began running half marathons in 2011, continuing through last fall, just before learning of her illness.
Shortly after high school, Heidi married Lloyd Gersdorf. The couple had one child, and the marriage ended in divorce after eight years.
Heidi met Michael Schuerstedt while…