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Velma D. Heidelberg

October 31, 1944 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Velma Heidelberg Obituary

Velma Deyonne Heidelberg (Cross) of Virginia Beach, VA was born on October 31, 1944, to the late Louis and Mary Cross. She transitioned from this life on January 9, 2024. Velma was the third oldest of seven children born to Louis and Mary, in a household with that many children; there was no shortage of activity. Velma served as a (mother) among her siblings. They fondly recall her calm, considerate, and good-spirited nature.

Velma was a Renaissance woman; the extent of her intellect matched the magnitude of her generosity. Quite the thinker, Velma’s favorite pastimes were knowledge puzzles and any activity that required the cracking of codes. She loved understanding how things worked. With a relentless pursuit of knowledge like hers, it’s no surprise that she was an Honors student. Velma graduated from Union Kempsville in Virginia Beach, VA in the 1962, where she was also a Debutante. Taking a gap year after graduation she resided in Boston, MA with her older sister Yvonne. Velma returned to Virginia to attend the illustrious Norfolk State University. During her collegiate career, she majored in electrical engineering and was initiated into the Epsilon Theta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority Inc. Unsurprisingly, she graduated from Norfolk State with honors. Velma’s meditative reflective nature led her to a career in electrical engineering after graduating; she soon gave birth to Kenneth A. Heidelberg, Jr. and eventually down the line Khary J. Heidelberg came along. Velma then moved back to New England where she worked at Sprague Electric Company. Being the go-getter that she was and addition to her engineering career, Velma also obtained her real estate license– an occupation she held until the end.

Velma’s nurturing character led her to return to Virginia Beach, VA, where she became her mother’s caregiver. It was a daunting task that she took on without reservation and could not have accomplished without the help of her siblings; In addition to the devotion to her mother, she also had her own two sons to attend to; Velma was a selfless and dedicated mother to her boys and their number one fan. She faithful attended all their sporting events, practices, and engagements. To them, Velma is why they are the men we see today, and what a job she did.

Being a devout christian Velma loved God and accepted Christ at an early age. She was devout and a life-long member of St. Stephens, Church of God in Christ. Her love for God would become a defining characteristic of her core; it’s how she lived and what she imparted to her children, she is their Source. To her Siblings, she is the calm energy in every storm. To all, she embodied what it meant to truly have the peace and joy of the Lord as her strength; overcoming every obstacle that came her way because of her trust in Him. Velma will be missed for her signature laugh, willingness to help, and patient heart. Her passing is a sadness to us all, but a pleasure to Heaven. We find solace in knowing she finally obtained the peace she embodied to us all.

Velma Davon Heidelberg was predeceased by her parents, Louis Thomas Cross and Mary Elizabeth Cross, and her older brother Herman. She leaves behind to honor her legacy; her sons Kenneth Anthony Heidelberg (Deborah) of Providence, RI, and Khary Jamal Heidelberg (Brooke) of Portsmouth, VA, along with a host of siblings: Yvonne Ernestine Cooper (Cross) of Boston, MA, Thomas Vernal Cross (Merlene) of Boston, MA, Carol Ophelia Brooks of Virginia Beach, VA, Louis Garland Cross (Joan) of Virginia Beach, VA, and Elmer Eugene Cross of Boston, MA, along with a large extended family.

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January 22, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Stephens COGIC
189 S. Birdneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Celebration of Life
January 22, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Stephens COGIC
189 S. Birdneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

January 22, 2024

1:00 PM
Roosevelt Memorial Park
1101 Campostella Road
Chesapeake, VA 23320


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