Joleen Marie Heatherly, 55, of Fayetteville, NC, passed away Saturday afternoon on
November 16, 2019 at Cape Fear Valley Hospital.
Joleen is survived by her husband, Charles C. Heatherly Jr., and four children, Charles
III, Cye, Andrea, and Rachel Heatherly.
Joleen was a longtime resident of Fayetteville, where she lived for almost thirty years
with her husband and family.
She was born May 21, 1964 to Dennis and Carol Vohler, at Fort Bragg military base,
Fayetteville and grew up in International Falls, MN. Joleen graduated from Falls High
School in 1982 and from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1986. In 1988 she married
Charles Heatherly Jr. and together had four children.
Joleen led an exciting life, joining the army as a lieutenant and being stationed in
Germany where she had her first child, Charles III. Later she was stationed in Fort
Bragg. Upon having her fourth child, Rachel, and with her husband on active duty,
Joleen left military service after twelve years. Subsequently in 1999, Joleen and her
family moved with Charles to live in Kuwait City, Kuwait. At the onset of the Iraq War,
Joleen and the children were evacuated back to the United States in 2002.
After moving back to Fayetteville in 2003, Joleen became involved in a variety of
community activities as well as maintained an adventurous life, traveling around the
globe from Europe to India to Japan. Described as “the glue that held people together,”
she was always organizing events for family and friends. Despite her busy schedule,
Joleen always placed her family first as a wonderful mother and incredibly supportive
military spouse during her husband’s numerous deployments. Joleen was immensely
proud of her family and will be remembered for her charitable, thoughtful nature that
constantly brought her family, friends, and community together.
We acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain
that her passing brings. She was the foundation of our family. Whether it was at
graduations, family holidays, or reminding her children of birthdays, she was always
thinking of others. We wish that we had more time, and perhaps that during the time we
had spent together. While we know that she is at peace and that her struggles are at an
end, there is pain and sadness. But even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of
her love. The ways she touched our lives will remain, and we ask you to keep those
She was preceded in death by her mother, Carol Vohler.
Joleen is survived by her father, Dennis Vohler; husband, Charles Heatherly Jr.; four
children, Charles III, Cye (Michelle), Andrea, and Rachel; brothers, David (Tera), Dale
(Rhonda), Dan (Jen), Derick; sister, Amber (Jim) Black; and numerous nieces and
A memorial gathering will be at the family’s home at 2217 Westhaven Drive,
Fayetteville, NC 28303, on Friday, November 29, 2019.
Joleen wished to be cremated and her ashes will be taken to her childhood town of
International Falls, where she will be laid to rest at her family’s lakeside cabin on Rainy
Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com.
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc.
James “Jim” Podlak passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Rainy Lake
Medical Center in International Falls.
Jim was born January 15, 1944 to Mary and Joseph, in Baudette, MN. Jim grew up
in Baudette, attending school there and graduated from Lake of the Woods High
School in 1963.
Shortly thereafter, Jim moved to International Falls and started work at the
Insulite division of Boise Cascade until it closed in 1984. He then went to work at
International Bildrite until he retired in March of 2014.
Jim was united in marriage to Janice Mahle on October 27, 1973. To this union,
two children were born, Amy and Joe.
Throughout his life, Jim enjoyed and passed on many of his passions to his
children and grandchildren. He loved deer hunting and ice fishing with Joe, and
fishing in the summer with friends.
Jim was a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades” and would spend his spare time
welding or building, tearing apart tractors or anything else that once ran, and re-
building until it worked. He enjoyed cracking open a cold one with friends,
especially in the shade of the garage. He always had a story to share, and often
left you wondering if it was true or not. Jim also enjoyed gardening for many
years, thumbing through the Harbor Freight catalog, making jerky, and having
coffee visits with friends and family.
Jim's biggest joy was spending time with his four grandchildren, typically
encouraging mischief. He gave many lawn mower rides, took them fishing, and
always offered advice and love. One of the highlights of visits were Grandpa's
Jim will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Waiting for Jim at the gates of heaven, was the family dog Kobi. Also having gone
before him, are Jim's parents, Janice's parents Selmer & Evelyn Mahle, Jim's sister
Josephine and brothers in law Carl Aery, Oscar Mahle, John Mahle, and Larry
Mattison. Jim was also preceded in death by nephew David, and niece Wanda.
Left behind are Jim's wife, Janice, daughter and son in law Amy & Jeremy Purcell
of Thief River Falls, and son Joseph, of International Falls. Also surviving Jim are
his four grandchildren: Samuel, Abby, Nicholas, and Noah, all of Thief River Falls.
Jim is also survived by sisters Kathleen Mattison of International Falls, Agnes
Pederson of Kalispell, Montana, and brother Tom Podlak and wife Arlene, of
Mahnomen, MN, sisters and brothers in law Judy and Ollie Boomgaarden, Marilyn
& Butch Keys, Dan & Maureen Mahle, and Joan Mahle.
Jim is also survived by many treasured nieces and nephews. Many dear friends of
Jim are also left to mourn his passing.
At Jim's request, there will be no funeral.
Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc.