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.