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“One of the kindest men I have met. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed Rest In Peace. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Paul Akre - Pewaukee, WI - Friend

“Mrs. Heinritz and family,Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Heinritz. Please accept our sympathy. It was enjoyable to see him on Reimer road keeping...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Jim and Mary McCarville - Iola, WI

“Rick, Charlie and Mrs. Heinritz, we were saddened by the news. We have often thought about you and your family. The memories are lasting! Our...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Chuck Lang - MI

“Gretchen, Charlie and Rick, Brent and I were saddened to hear of your husband's and father's passing. Brent and I remember Fred as a very sweet...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Wendy and Brent Johnson

“We were saddened to learn of Bud's passing this week.He was a gentleman, a teacher, kind, caring and had a wonderful sense of humor.We will treasure...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Gibson - Neenah, WI

“Heinritz's, I am really going to miss my "surrogate" dad. Bud was very special to me. I will miss him at the Poygan duck dinners on the island, and...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Sue Lindberg

“Gretchen and Family Bud's kindness and hospitality will always be in my memory. He was a good man and his loss will be felt by all who knew him. My...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Jim Bayorgeon

“Love you Uncle Bud. So many years of wonderful memories. God bless you, Aunt Gretchen, Rick, Charlie, Dan, Tracy, Molly and Laura and all our...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Jeannie and Tony

“Dear Gretchen and Family, please know that your are in our thoughts and prayers during this most sorrowful time. May your faith in Him, your sweet...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Larry & Sue Bogenschutz


10 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Keeley - Salt Lake, UT

“I was very sad to hear of Bud's passing. He was a great friend of my fathers, and a great friend of mine. I spent countless quality hours with Bud...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Rick Lindberg

“I was very sad to learn of Bud's passing. He was a great friend of my fathers, and a great friend of mine. I have spent countless hours with Bud...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Rick Lindberg

“Gretchen and family...as an old time Appleton Coated person, I was saddened to hear of Fred's passing. We served many years together in a great,...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Paul & Pat Meier

“Fred was in our Kiwanis Club for many, many years. He was always so kind and helpful, lending a hand whenever needed. I can still picture him serving...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Jean Long Manteufel

“Such a wonderful man we have lost. His annual duck feasts before the fishing season, taking Bob Matzke and I canvas back hunting as he spryly jumps...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: David Seitz - Appleton, WI

Jeanette Lake, NW Ontario, 2015
16 of 17 | Posted by: Sean Coughlin

“Thank you for your service to our country. May you rest in peace. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: A friend


Fred Heinritz died peacefully on Monday evening, July 24, 2017 at his home.  Fred was born in Appleton on November 16, 1923, son of the late Fred C. and Rose (Steidl) Heinritz.  A lifelong resident of Appleton, Fred attended St. Joseph Grade School and Appleton West High School, and enrolled at Notre Dame University.  His college days, however, were interrupted by World War II, as he spent three years in the United States Army.  He enlisted in 1942 and became a B-17 pilot, flying missions over Germany from bases in England.  He was discharged in 1945, and returned to Notre Dame for his graduation in 1947.  Fred married Gretchen Esche in 1949; the couple was blessed with two sons: Rick and Charles. Fred’s career at Appleton Coated Paper Company spanned forty years, from 1947 until 1987.  He served his community as a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, and the Appleton Kiwanis Club.  He had many interests, and loved traveling the world with Gretchen and the Notre Dame Alumni Group. Fred was an avid outdoorsman, and always fondly recalled his memories of traveling to the mountains of Alaska, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories to hunt mountain sheep.  Back at home, he loved to hunt ducks, grouse, pheasant, and deer, and fishing for trout on his property on the Little Wolf River in Waupaca County.  He purchased the property back in 1961, and remains in the family today. Fred is survived by his loving wife: Gretchen Heinritz of Appleton; two sons: Rick Heinritz of Madison and his son Dan (Tracy); and Charles (Karen) Heinritz of Salt Lake City and their daughters Laura and Molly. The funeral liturgy for Fred will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, July 30, 2017 at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 W. Lawrence Street in Appleton, with Fr. Jim Leary officiating.  Family and friends are invited to gather at the church on Sunday afternoon from 1:00 PM until the time of the service.  Full military honors will follow the mass.  A private burial ceremony will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery. The family has suggested that memorial funds be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church. 

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