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Judi Heit, 1948 - 2019
Dedicated to Oriental & The Old Theater
April 15, 2019

J
udith Ann (Grala) Heit, 70, passed away 4/14/2019 in Oriental, NC. Born in New Britain, CT to Stanley and Claudia (Morin) Grala, she was the wife of Ralf Heit who she married in 1988 in New Zealand.

Judi Heit

After a 25 year career at Aetna Life & Casualty, Hartford, CT she and Ralf moved to Oriental, NC in 1994 where they built their dream home on Brown Creek. Upon the suggestion of a friend, she got her Broker’s License and enjoyed a successful real estate career until her 2nd retirement in 2012. Judi was a member of the Old Theater Corp. board since 1996, having served in many key positions including president. She enjoyed writing and was a prolific blogger, researching everything from NC shipwrecks to Women of Adventure. As her family’s genealogist, she most enjoyed “climbing trees” for family, friends and correspondents from her many blogs.

In addition to her devoted husband and most incredible dogs, she leaves behind her much-loved siblings, Stanley “Skip” Grala Jr. of New Britain, CT and Diane Hook of Newington; her awesome sister-friend Mary Maxwell of Oriental, NC; her dear Aunt Joan Cepek of Easthampton, MA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Final arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Old Theater Corp, PO Box 521 or PAWS, PO Box 888, both in Oriental, NC 28571. A memorial ceremony is being planned.


TownDock crew has been looking for Judi photos. Judi made things happen behind the scenes for the Old Theater. When we look through hundreds of theater production pics, they tend to be of what’s on stage. But we did find a couple:

For President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, a cardboard cutout made its way to the Old Theater. Here is Judi with fellow Old Theater board member Nancy Crain.
Judi is all smiles during a audience interactive Bill hand production at the Old Theater.

Posted Monday April 15, 2019 by Keith N. Smith


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