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Heim, James Joseph

James Joseph Heim, 72, of De Pere, died peacefully of complications from lung cancer on January 24, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born on February 22,1940 to the late Clarence and Josephine (Renard) Heim and was a graduate of Premontre High School in Green Bay.

On September 7, 1968, Jim married Patricia Gezella at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. They soon purchased a home in Wrightstown, and eventually retired in the Town of Lawrence.

Jim began his manufacturing career at Giddings & Lewis - Bickford in Kaukauna, and went on to serve as the Head of Manufacturing Engineering. In 1986, he acquired Northland Pallet & Box in Suamico; and proceeded to purchase S & M Tool & Production in 1992, which he retained until his retirement in 2004.

Jim always had a passion for hunting and fishing, and found great joy spending time outdoors. Many, many amazing days were spent fishing the Menominee River or grouse hunting on the beautiful land near the family cabin just outside of Stephenson, Michigan. The cottage was a welcome place for friends and family to visit, whether playing marathon cribbage tournaments at the kitchen table or gathering around the roaring woodstove.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Patricia, and their two children, Craig (Lanora) Heim of Edgerton and Kris (David) Steels of Wrightstown; along with cherished grandchildren, Nina and Espen Heim and Mason Joseph Steels. He is further survived by two sisters, Suzanne (Robert) Rowan and Shirley Shampo and two sisters-in-law, Gloria (Daniel) Siudzinski and Janice Waniger (Mike Wiegand), along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law Cecilia and Florian Gezella; brothers-in-law, James Shampo, Richard Gezella, Donald Waniger and John Gezella.

Friends and family may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 East Mason Street, Green Bay from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013. Memorial Service at 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Jim's family would like to thank the caring, compassionate staff of St. Vincent Hospital, including the doctors, respiratory therapists, and 6th floor critical care nurses. Your patience and kindness were sincerely appreciated.

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2013
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