A FAMILY has paid tribute to a ‘perfect’ partner and mother who died suddenly in her sleep at the weekend.
Janine Heptinstall, who had only just moved into her dream home with fiancé Richard Stables and their two sons Henry, 10, and William, seven, died in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 34-year-old was also mum to Lucy, 19, who she had planned to see on Saturday when she returned home from a seven month trip working aboard.
Miss Heptinstall and Mr Stables were to be married next year, after fifteen years together. He said: “It’s so difficult, she was the one person I could talk to, really open up to and now she has gone.
“She was perfect. And she was a wonderful partner and mother. She meant something to everyone who knew her.”
Miss Heptinstall’s mum Ann Cartwright, 57, of Ash Grove, South Elmsall, said she could not believe what had happened. Her twin sisters, Rebecca and Jane, both 31, and younger sister Faye, 13, were also struggling to come to terms with her sudden death.
Rebecca Heptinstall said: “We just don’t know what has happened and it was such a shock for us all. Our dad also died in his sleep when he was just 45. I wish I could have prepared myself for it but you just can’t. Janine was a beautiful, bubbly and intelligent person, and a brilliant sister. She would just liven up any room.”
Laura Askew, 34, had known Miss Heptinstall since they went to school in Minsthorpe together. She said: “Janine was a lovely bubbly person, a big personality and everyone who knew her loved her.
“It’s so sad because she told me how happy she was to have moved in with Richard. She was a great friend and a wonderful person.”
Miss Heptinstall grew up in South Kirkby and South Elmsall and moved to Upton with Mr Stables where they lived for 13 years before moving into her dream home in Norton, South Yorkshire, just three weeks ago.
She had recently graduated from Dearne Valley College with a degree in Human Resources and worked in the HR department of Castleford and District Hospital.
An inquest into her death is expected to take place at Doncaster Coroner’s Court later this month.