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Heather Lynne Roman
  • Hillman Cancer Center
    5150 Centre Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15232
  • National Pancreas Foundation

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“To all of Heather's family and friends. I just learned of Heather's passing tonight, having dinner with a friend from Winchester. I am so very...Read More »
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“Andy, and family, I am so sorry to hear about Heather. She was always a kind and very sweet person to be around. From the short time I had known her...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Andy, Becky and Carolyn,I remember fondly the times planning the Mission Trips, fish fries, EYC events, and our children's high school affairs...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Kim Rivera - Carnegie, PA

“Dear Andy,Ed and I are so sorry to hear of Heathers death. She was one of the most incredible woman we have ever met. She could light up a room the...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I wish to express Barbara and my deepest sympathies for you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.John and Barbara Proven ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: John and Barbara Proven - NY

“Andy and family,I am so sorry that Heather has gone. She was so joyful and caring, and an inspiration to us all, not only how she handled her illness...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Dotty Schnure - Hinesburg, VT

“We are sorry that we cannot express our sympathy in person but we are out of town. Heather was such a thoughtful and vibrant person who no doubt...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Andy, Carolyn and Josh, Becky and Pedro,Our deepest sympathies to your entire family for your loss. We will remember Heather with the joy and...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“I remember Heather as always an infectious kind of happy. She will be missed. Our prayer warriors at church have had her on our list since she...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Margie Opp - Portersville, PA

“Andy & family, I am so sorry for your loss of your wife, mother. May God comfort and embrace you with His love through these difficult times. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Darlene (Nagle) Mead - PA

“I was active in the Pgh alum chapter of Alpha Chi Omega for many years and now live in Naples, Fl and worked with Heather a great deal. What a...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Mary B. Benson - Naples, FL

“Dear Andy and Family, I extend my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Heather. May you find comfort through her memory and the prayers...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Dick Barton - Pittsburgh, PA

“I am so sorry for your loss. Please find peace and comfort in knowing God cares for you and will help you in your time of need. 1 Pet. 5:7. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Phil


Age 60, of Mount Lebanon, PA and Naples, FL, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013, in the company of her family. Heather was born to Stanley and Rita Harms on November 17, 1953, and met her beloved husband Andrew (Andy) when they both attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. As an English and French major, Heather loved literature and applied its insights to her life. Heather's life was an illustration of Amy Tan's wisdom that "it's your belief in yourself that enables you to do what you wish." Her vivacious, effusive personality, her confidence and strength, and her kind and caring nature led her to great success and the love and admiration of many throughout her life.

Heather began her career in the corporate world, where she became the first part-time officer in the history of Pittsburgh National Bank (PNC). After leaving PNC, Heather was inspired by her love of international travel and her keen sense of style to begin importing giftware that gained immediate acclaim and coveted floor space at the New York International Gift Fair, Henri Bendel and other high-end retailers. But because Heather's priority remained her family, including her two daughters, she chose to sell the business and return her full-time attention to those she loved, focusing her remarkable energy and selfless ways on the well-being of her family, friends, and strangers.

Heather's greatest talent was her unparalleled ability to make others feel better and welcome them into her heart. She also challenged others to be at their best and strove herself to be a better person each day. Heather's belief in herself led her most recently to learn the art of warm glass and to express her artistic abilities through the creation of functional glass art that became a sought-after gift.

A quietly spiritual person, she gave God credit for many things that happened in her life. In one of those occasions, Heather was able, only by virtue of certain "coincidences" that amazed her, to successfully organize a Youth Mission Trip program to Charleston, SC that had been on the verge of cancellation. The program was so beloved by participants that it was repeated annually by St. Paul's Episcopal Church for many years. She also gave her time generously to many other causes and especially enjoyed her work supporting the annual fundraising efforts of the National Pancreas Foundation.

Heather's vibrant and thoughtful personality led many to admire her and see her as a source of inspiration. She courageously battled cancer for over three years, impressing all who knew what she was going through with her positive outlook and indomitable spirit.

Heather is survived by her husband, Andy, and her two daughters, Rebecca L. Roman Chueiri de Oliveira (Pedro) of São Paulo, Brazil, and Carolyn E. Starrett (Joshua), and one grandson, Lucas James Starrett, of Jacksonville, FL. She is also survived by her brothers, Mark Harms of Medellin, Colombia, and Craig Harms (Cal) of Wilmington, NC. Heather was also blessed with many nieces, nephews, in-laws, cousins, and dear friends.

The family will receive visitors at the William Slater II Funeral Service, (412-563-2800) 1650 Greentree Road, (Scott Twp) Pittsburgh PA 15220 on Sunday, December 1st from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Monday, December 2nd from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A Service of Celebration of Heather's life will take place at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1066 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the Hillman Cancer Center, the National Pancreas Foundation, or a favorite cancer research charity. www.slaterfuneral.com