ROCHESTER- Nadine M. Heroux, 23, passed away on November 2, 2022.
She is predeceased by her paternal grandparents Bernard and Denise Heroux.
She is survived by her parents Bernard and Vilmarie Heroux, her siblings, Francis, Juliana, Eva and Lucia; her maternal grandparents Norberto Lopez and Carmen Leon, her aunts and uncles, Ricardo Lopez (Maria), Axel Lopez (Addy), Rossana Lopez, Rolando Lopez, Danielle Zielinski (Eric), Pierre Heroux (Karen), Paul Heroux (Linda), Jacqueline Heroux, and her many cousins.
Nadine will be greatly missed.
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you no nothing about. Be Kind, always”
Nadine was born on August 3, 1999, the second oldest of 5 children. As a little girl she had an innocent faith and even told her mother once that she saw an angel. She loved animals and nature. As she grew she developed her talent for acting, starting with Drama Kids and then was in several local plays through Spotlight Theatre and Penfield Players. She enjoyed swimming and was part of Webster Blue Fins for a few years. She also developed her vocal talent by being part of the Bach Children’s Choir, and then joined the Eastman School of Music Community Choir in High School. Nadine was a sensitive soul and cared deeply for others. She participated for a few summers with Young People Who Care, a Catholic ministry in Pennsylvania where she served the poor in that community. She went on to graduate from High School. Her dream was to be an actress and her plan was to pursue her cosmetology certification and use that skill to help supplement her income as she pursued a theatre degree. She completed her certification at Sheer Ego in Rochester, NY and then was accepted at De Sales University in Pennsylvania in their Theatre and Communications program. Tragically, the mental illness derailed many of her plans and she was unable to complete her college education. When she was 12 years old she was diagnosed with a mental illness and since then was hospitalized many, many times over the years. It is one of the most difficult crosses and illnesses for anyone to bear especially an adolescent child. Nadine bore this suffering for 11 long years enduring rejection, being misunderstood, loneliness, and alienation from others. Resilience is a key word for Nadine. She kept getting back up again, and again to try once more. On those days that the clouds parted, she had a smile that could light up a room, and made those around her feel accepted and loved. She had a passion to help others with this very debilitating disease, and even made a short film called the Stigma, bringing awareness and advocacy to this most misunderstood ailment. Nadine will be greatly missed and pray that she finds peace. We commend her to the Divine Mercy of The Lord Jesus Christ and to loving arms of the Most Holy Mother of God.
Calling hours will be held at New Comer Cremations & Funerals, 6 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY 14609 on Monday, November 21, 2022 from 4pm-7pm. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Christ the King Church, 445 Kings Highway South, Rochester, NY 14617, on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 1pm. Burial will be held at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.