Heinz J. Heinemann

  • Born: June 13, 1925
  • Died: February 16, 2022
  • Location: Newtown, Pennsylvania

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Newtown, PA 18940

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Heinz Jochen Heinemann passed away peacefully of natural causes on February 16, 2022 at age 96. Formerly of Wyncote, he lived at Pennswood Village in Newtown, PA for nearly 23 years prior to his death.
Born in 1925 in Berlin, Germany, his family immigrated to the United States when he was 2 years old and settled in Wyncote. Heinz graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1943 and enlisted in the Army. He became a naturalized citizen in 1944. After completing his training, he was assigned to the Signal Corps, and stationed in Hawaii for the remainder of World War II. He then enrolled in Penn State's Forestry program at the Mont Alto campus, and soon after met a Wilson College student named Sally Jean Wallace on a blind date.
Heinz and Sally married three years later in June, 1949, and their three-month honeymoon took place on a fire lookout in Olympic National Forest in Washington State. Heinz graduated with honors in forestry from Penn State in 1950. He was called to serve in the reserves during the Korean War, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 1951-52.
His love of forestry gave way to practicality when he accepted a job with Sears, Roebuck, and Co. as a retail trainee. His 35 year career with Sears moved the family to seven different locations in four states. In 1965, Heinz enrolled in a company program to enter the new field of data processing, and the family moved to his hometown of Wyncote. He retired from Sears in 1985. In October of 1997, his beloved wife Sally died. Heinz moved to Pennswood Village in Newtown in 1999.
Throughout his life, Heinz was an active volunteer and was always engaged in the community around him. He became an Eagle Scout with Wyncote Troop 116, and spent over 50 years in the scouts as Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, and District Committee member. He was a positive, encouraging influence on a generation of Scouts. All three of his sons also attained the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 116.
Heinz was an avid collector -- of stamps, German beer steins, Civil War books and memorabilia, steamship postcards, coins, and souvenirs from his many trips abroad with Sally. He applied his interest in history to extensive volunteer work with Hope Lodge State Historic Site in Ft. Washington, PA, and Washington Crossing State Historic Site. In thirteen papers, his historic research and writing ability illuminated the life and times of Hope Lodge, Mather Mill, and Taylorsville (Washington Crossing).
For 13 years he volunteered at the Newtown Historic Association and its research library. His love of family combined with history as he performed extensive genealogical research on the Heinemann family dating back to 1623.
Heinz will be remembered for his humility, kindness, curiosity and dry sense of humor. He enjoyed listening to classical music, reading history books, and being interested in the world around him.
He is survived by sons Bill, Peter and Paul, and daughters-in-law Linda, Wendy and Beth; five grandchildren -- Julia (Josh Sholes), Martha Bixby (Ben), Christian, Allison (Kristen Scribner) and Lily (David Hagerty); and three great-grandchildren -- Amelia, Max and Simon.
His faith was a central part of his life, and Heinz was an active member of the Presbyterian congregation wherever the family lived. His memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 5th at 2:00 PM at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 217 Fernbrook Ave., Wyncote, PA 19095 the church he first entered as a child over 90 years ago and that has been a touchstone in the family's life ever since. All are welcome to the reception that follows.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Calvary Presbyterian Church of Wyncote, or the Employee Scholarship Fund of the Pennswood Village Foundation, 1382 Newtown Langhorne Road, Newtown PA. 18940.