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Obituary:

Lisa A.  Heffernan nee Piropat, died on May 29, 2013.  Beloved mother of Leah Heffernan.  Beloved daughter of Teresa and Sal Piropato. Cherished sister of Joseph S., Elena Pierce and a host of family and friends.

 

Accomplished artist and health care professional, and innovator of art therapy programs for the disabled.

 

She was the project coordinator for Arts and Cultural Programs for Disability Services, Research Institute, in Albertson. As an artist she has permanent collections on display at The Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City, and “The Tiffany Mural” United Cerebral Palsy of Bayville, Inc., Bayville. Her many achievements and awards include being appointed as a committee member of the American Association of Museums’ Universal Design and Services Committee and developing museum personnel training seminars, Providing Services to Visitors with Disabilities, designed and presented to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum at 89th St. She also co-created a visual, theatre and communication arts education program for students with and without disabilities for Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf in Mill Neck, and Locust Valley School District Middle School, entitled Mime, Masks, & Myths.......communicating through the arts. 

 

Her gentleness , kindness and intuition will be greatly missed.  Her love of art and care of horses were her life’s passion. Visitation was held at Dodge-Thomas Funeral Home, Glen Cove. Mass of the Christian Burial was at St. Gertrude’s RC Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, visit www.Dodge-Thomas.com for memorial donations to Calvary Hospital.