Joan M. Heim, 84, Green Bay resident, died Monday, February 7, 2022, at a local hospital following a brief illness. She was born December 24, 1937, in South Milwaukee to the late John and Frances (Nowicki) Czerwinski.
Joan was a graduate of South Milwaukee High School. She met Gary, the love of her life while visiting a friend in Milwaukee and they were married on May 10, 1958, at Fort Sill in Oklahoma while Gary was serving in the US Army. Joan went to Germany with Gary where he was stationed for 14 months. While in Germany their oldest daughter, Theresa was born. He preceded her in death on October 3, 2018.
Joan was employed by Dr. John Brusky for 26 years until her retirement. Joan was a longtime member of St. Mary of the Angels Parish where she was a cantor and sang in the funeral choir. She had a heavenly voice and also sang for weddings and special events. She volunteered at Bellin Hospital and belonged to the Far Rite writers’ group at the senior center for almost 15 years. Joan had many passions and hobbies including cooking and baking, crocheting, and knitting. She also loved to read, write, and play the piano. Joan even self-published a cookbook, “Cooking with Granny” with pictures and family recipes. She was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and currently a member of St. Willebrord parish.
She is survived by five children: Theresa “Terri” (Paul) Trantow-Witek, De Pere; Julie (Paul) Gutowski, Sobieski; Mary (Don) DeChamps, New Franken; James (Alison) Heim and Robert (Julie) Heim, both of Green Bay; 15 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren with one on the way and one great great grandchild; her brother, John (Dawn) Czerwinski, Green Bay; sister, Christine (Dick) Winkowski, New Berlin; sisters-in-law, Mary (Bernie) Knezek, E. Lansing, MI; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Emily Marie Heim as well as her in-laws, Julius and Hertha Heim and son-in-law, John Trantow.
Friends may call at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, 209 S. Adams St. on Tuesday, February 15, from 3:00-4:45 pm. Memorial Mass at 5:00 pm Tuesday at the church with Fr. Andrew Cribben, O.Praem officiating. Entombment in the Allouez Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the Heim family at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of floral expressions a memorial fund has been established