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Francis Heitzman

Francis Joseph "Fran" Heitzman

March 6th, 1925 - January 11th, 2020
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Obituary

Heitzman, Francis J. (Fran)

Age 94, Bloomington, MN passed away peacefully on 1/11/2020.

Fran is preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Jeanne; 1 sister, Kate; 2 brothers, Lloyd “Bud”; Elwood “Al”; daughter-in-law Debbie and granddaughter, Heather.

Survived by sister, Mary (Sullivan); children Lloyd “Duff” (Mary Fran), Tom (Karin), Diane, Steve, Rick, Bob, Mike (Heidi); 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Fran was a life-long resident of Bloomington, graduating from Bloomington High School in 1943. He served stateside in the United States Navy during WWII. Upon his return from service he married the love of his life, Jeanne (nee Boll). His entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish Oxboro Cleaners and Heitzman Landscaping. In later years he became the head of maintenance at Pax Christi Catholic Community in Eden Prairie. This is where he accepted a donation of a used crib. He wondered, Why can’t we accept items people no longer use and give them to those in need? Thus, Bridging was born.

Fran started every day with a smile, and ended many days playing cards with family. His passion was to serve those in need, with a special place in his heart for children. Those who had the opportunity to work alongside of him at Bridging over the last 33 years will forever cherish the memories and be inspired to keep his dream alive.

“When good people get together to do good things, then good things happen.” — Fran Heitzman, Bridging founder

Visitation 4:30-8:30 pm, Thursday, 1/16. Mass of Christian Burial 1:00 pm, Friday 1/17, with visitation one hour prior to service. Visitations and services to be held at Pax Christi Catholic Community, 12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie.

In lieu of flowers…Donate your stuff to Bridging in Fran’s memory on Saturday, January 18th. Bring your donations to the Bloomington and Roseville warehouses between 9am-3pm. Visit BRIDGING.ORG for a full list of acceptable items to donate and location details.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 | 4:30pm - 8:30pm
    When
    Thursday, January 16th, 2020 4:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location
    Pax Christi Catholic Community
    Address
    12100 Pioneer Trail
    EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55347
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Location
    Pax Christi Catholic Community
    Address
    12100 Pioneer Trail
    EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55347
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Pax Christi Catholic Community
    Address
    12100 Pioneer Trail
    EDEN PRAIRIE, MN 55347
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Michael Byron
  • Interment

    Location
    Dawn Valley Memorial Park Cemetery
    Address
    9940 Bush Lake Road
    Bloomington, MN 55438
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    Notes
    Private Family Interment

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Shari Besser

Posted at 09:42pm
Many a days and nights were spent with Diane and all of the Heitzman’s. Fran and Jeanne were always so welcoming, caring and passionate about life. These traits have been passed on and will live forever in his children and all that he came in contact with. I know he will be welcomed in heaven “ Well done, thy good and faithful servant”.

Kim Nyquist

Posted at 07:27pm
Of my 10 years Volunteering at Bridging Fran was an inspiration to all of us.
He started a great organization and Thanks to his smiling face and words of wisdom
he will always be at the Bridging location with us!
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