Elwood "Woody" Heinz
AGE: 88 • Manchester
Elwood "Woody" Heinz passed away quietly on February 21,2013, at the age of 88. He leaves his loving wife Kathleen (nee O'Neil) of 57 years; three sons: Robert and his wife, Eileen, of Montvale, NJ; Stephen and his wife, Cheryl, of Mahwah, NJ; Thomas and his wife, Jean, of Dallas, TX; and one daughter, Carol Kennedy, and her husband, John, of Stamford, CT. The pride of his life were his eleven grandchildren: Melissa, Alison, Scott, Ian, Michaela, Andrew, Shannon, Justin, Jack ,Gerard, and Ryan. He also had two brothers who predeceased him: Philip, his identical twin, and Clifford. Born in Baltimore in 1924 to Philip and Anna Heinz (nee Sachs), Woody grew up in Glendale, Queens, NY. He played baseball, softball, and roller hockey in his youth and earned varsity letters in basketball. He continued to play softball for many years. As a freshman at City College of New York (CCNY) Woody was drafted into the Army in 1943 and served in the European Theater of Operations (ETO). For his participation in the Battle of the Bulge, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star
and the Purple Heart
. After completing military service, Mr. Heinz earned both Bachelor and Master of Civil Engineering degrees from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now Polytechnic University of New York). Woody was chapter president of Alpha Sigma Phi and also a member of Chi Epsilon, a national civil engineering honor society. Woody married Kathleen in 1955 and, over the years, he and his family lived in Valley Stream, NY; Houston, TX; and Montvale, NJ.
Mr. Heinz worked for 28 years for The M. W. Kellogg Co. (now KBR) in various design engineering and supervisory positions. In 1984, he started a solely-owned company, Heinz Consulting Engineers, which he operated for 19 years before retiring. In 2003, Woody and Kathleen moved to Renaissance Village in Manchester. Woody was a history buff, particularly of U.S. wars. He and Kathleen travelled extensively on both cruises and land tours. He was a member of VFW
Post No. 8946 of Woodcliff Lake, and the 75th Infantry Division Veterans Association. Woody was an accomplished artist, card-player, self-taught pianist and ukulele player, and an avid crossword puzzler. His wisdom and wit will be sorely missed by his devoted family and friends. Visitation is 1-5 PM Sunday, February 24 at Oliverie Funeral Home, 2925 Ridgeway Rd, Manchester. Mass is 9:15 AM Monday, February 25 at St. Luke's Church, Toms River with interment to follow at Brig. Gen. Doyle Veteran Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown. In lieu of flowers, donations to the
, 2310 Rt. 34 Suite 1D, Manasquan 08736, would be appreciated. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit our website at www.oliveriefuneralhome.com