Joseph Heinzl Jr.|
Joseph F. Heinzl Jr., 79, of Belleville, Ill., born Sept. 22, 1936, in East St. Louis, Ill., died Sunday, March 27, 2016, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill.
Mr. Heinzl was a journeyman machinist with District 9 International Association of Machinists who had worked at several area breweries, including Carling Brewing Company, Belleville, Ill., and Anheuser-Busch and Falstaff in St. Louis, Mo. He served as a trustee for Machinists Union Local 121 and was a member of Local 353.
Joe was a member of the St. Peter's Cathedral Parish, Belleville, Ill., where he was the co-founder of Cathedral Bingo, played the role of St. Nicholas for 25 years, and served on the Catholic School Picnic Committee. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Belleville Council 1028. He served as president of the Cathedral Holy Name Society, the St. Clair County Beekeepers Association, and the Southside Improvement Association. He was also a member of the Stag Retirees. Joe was a C.B. radio enthusiast, known by the handle "J.Fred.Muggs". He enjoyed making duck and goose calls. Involved in the Boy Scouts of America, he was an Eagle Scout, was awarded the Order of the Arrow, and received many other awards from both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. He was a member of the River Bluffs Catholic Committee on Scouting.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Frederick Sr. and Edna Mae, nee Sorgea, Heinzl; a sister, Rose Marie Heinzl; and his mother-in-law, Mary Edith, nee Wood, Jaco Payne.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Sharon K., nee Jaco, Heinzl, whom he married on Nov. 6, 1965; three daughters, Nancy Susan (Richard) Lane of Columbia, Ill., Audrey Rae (Harold) Morgan of Granite City, Ill., and Angela Denise (Mathew) Waterbury of Belleville, Ill.; two grandchildren, Amanda (Paul) and Jason (Dawne); three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Aislyn, and Benjamin; two brothers, Raymond (Mary Joann) Heinzl of Belleville, Ill., and Charles (Barbara) Heinzl of Swansea, Ill.; and his beloved pets, Mia and Leo.
Memorials may be made to the
. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill., with Msgr. John Myler officiating. Cremation will follow the services. Burial will be at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens, Woodlawn, Ill., at a later date.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 31, 2016