July 26, 2019 – Nenno, WI – Fridolin “Fritz” Heinecke, 91, passed away at Serenity Villa on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Fritz was born on August 5, 1927 in Nenno, Wisconsin to Phillip and Mathilda (nee Zimmel) Heinecke.
Fritz and Agnes were married on September 30, 1950. They had 7 boys who presented many challenges which they faced together without issue but used love and a firm hand.
Fritz started as a hired hand on farms at a young age, then worked for Dairyland Seed for a number of years before becoming a self-employed carpenter. During that time he became a Master Carpenter, learning from his father, and then passing the skills he learned to his sons. If you ever worked with him, you could rest assured the job was done correctly and made to last.
In his later years, he started growing grapes. He developed his winemaking skills until he was spot on, just like his carpenter skills. Agnes and Fritz enjoyed taking day trips to the casino to break the monotony and try their luck. Agnes always seem to have better luck.
Fritz is survived by his seven sons: Steve (Karen), Richard (Linda), Gary (Janet), Mark (Lori), Phillip (Kerry), Kevin (Sandie), and Gene (Dawn) Heinecke; 25 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Fritz is preceded in death by his wife Agnes, his parents, two granddaughters and a great-granddaughter. Four brothers: Christian Heinecke, Philip Heinecke, Walter Heinecke, and Joe Heinecke, Five sisters: Theckla Boden, Delores Heinecke, Malinda Heinecke, Gladys Reckor and Marcella Sullivan.
The family would like to thank the staff at Serenity Villa at Slinger for extra attention they provided for our father to make him welcome and comfortable. Also, the staff from Horizon Hospice for making his last few weeks comfortable.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30 at St Lawrence Parish (4886 Highway 175, Hartford, WI) with Rev. Richard Stoffel presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 until 11:15 a.m. Interment will be at St. Anthony Cemetery after Mass at 1 p.m.