Hi Michelle, I would think that our families are related somehow. My gr-gr-gr grandmother Frederica Von Loesse Huecker/Heacker was born in Germany but died in E. St. Louis. This didn't make much sense to me when her husband and children were over in TN and her husband was dying of skin cancer (if I remember right), but now I'm wondering if she was there and connected with your family.
Frederica and her husband Joseph Johannes Huecker/Heacker had a bunch of kids but at least two seemed to have settled in IL/MO:
Henry A. HEACKER who was born in Westfälen, Garbeck Prussia, Germany; May 10, 1841 and died at East St. Louis Illinois; February 14, 1903. Wilhelmina Heacker ABRAHAM, who was born at Garbeck Westfälen, Germany; May 10,1840 and died at Carlyle, Illinois; September 26, 1911.