Louis Heitz

The Rev. Louis Sylvester Heitz, 81

Father Louis S. Heitz, 81 of Cridersville, Ohio, died at 9:32 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio, surrounded by loving family.

Born November 5, 1931, in Fort Jennings, Ohio, he was the son of Otto and Rose (Stauterman) Heitz, who preceded him in death.

Father Heitz attended Minor Seminary at St. Meinrads in Meinrad and Major Seminary at Immaculate Conception in Conception, Mo. Father was ordained on April 6, 1957, in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Conception, Mo.

He is survived by three sisters, Mary (Virgil) German, Joan (George) Ross and Betty Grace; and a sister in-law, Dorothy Heitz.

He is also survived by 21 nieces and nephews; 47 great -nieces and -nephews; and 28 great-great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Catherine Heitz; three brothers, Robert, Frank and Ralph Heitz; and a brother in-law, Oris Grace.

Father Heitz had been a resident of Otterbein Independent Living in Cridersville, Ohio, for the past 10 years where he continued his priestly ministry saying Mass for residents who were fondly known as his parishioners. Father also continued to administer the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. During this time, niece, Jean (Steve) Hull, and nephew, David (Debbie) Heitz, became an integral part of his daily life, allowing Father to continue his service to the Church.

The following were Father Heitz's Church appointments: April 24, 1957, Assistant Pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas in Lafayette, June 12, 1957; Assistant Pastor at Saint Ann, in Lafayette, May 28, 1963; Director of Catholic Charities, July 15, 1966; Administrator at St. Joseph in Delphi, September 4, 1974; Pastor at St Joseph in Elwood, August 1, 1981; Pastor at St. Lawrence in Muncie, July 1, 1996; and Pastor at St. Joseph in Wincheste.

On Wednesday, February 20, his body will lie in state at his home parish, St. John's Evangelist Church, 331 E. Second St., Delphos, Ohio, beginning at 9 a.m. Immediately following is a Mass of Christian Burial scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. with the Most Reverend Bishop William Higi, of Lafayette, Indiana, officiating and Father Michael McKinley of St. Joseph, Winchester, Indiana as homilist. Burial will follow at The Ressurection Cemetery in Delphos.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, at Harter & Schier Funeral Home located in Delphos, Ohio at 209 W. Third St. Rosary at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial Contributions will be used to say mass for Father Louis.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2013