Joseph "Papa" Heintz, age 83, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019 with his loved ones by his side. Joe was a native of New Orleans and has been a resident of Metairie for over 50 years. He was the son of the late Anthony and Lillian Heintz and married to the love of his life, the late Helena Hosch, for 60 years. He is survived by his daughters: Staci Nicoll (Tracey) and Shannon Fortenberry (Jason); his granddaughters: Lexis Nicoll and Haven Fortenberry; as well as his grandson, Payten Nicoll. He is also survived by his brother, Franklin Heintz (Ethelyn), and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and endless friends. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Dolores Reynolds (late, Billy) and Jacquelyn Walter (Martin), and his brothers: Gerald Heintz (Claudette), Robert Heintz (Joycelyn), and Jimmy Heintz. Joe was an honorable member of the Louisiana National Guard and a loyal employee of the Boilermakers Local 37 where he was AKA as one of the "Heintz Boys" as well as Stagehands Local 39. Joe was a man of faith, baptized Catholic, and a parishioner of Atonement Lutheran Church. He was also very faithful to our boys in black and gold and always enjoyed Saints games with his family. Papa loved the game show network as well as playing a challenging game of cards. You may have also found him sipping a cup of coffee at the café enjoying a conversation with good friends or playing "chauffeur" around town. But his true loves were his beloved wife, daughters, and grandchildren. He would give the world for them and spent his life making all their wishes, big or small, come true. His spunk and truly genuine personality was one of a lifetime. He will be missed dearly but we find peace knowing he is reunited and dancing with his best girl in heaven.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend services on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Garden of Memories Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70001. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am with a service at 1:00 pm followed by burial. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Helena Hosch Foundation. A drop box will be available at the services or you can mail to Helena Hosch School of Dance, 4631 West Napoleon Ave. Ste. A, Metairie, LA 70001.
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