Gerard “Gerry” J. Heiting, age 72, of Hartford, Wisconsin, formerly of Port Washington and Milwaukee passed away peacefully Monday, June 6, 2022 at Kathy Hospice in West Bend with his family at his side.
He was born in Sheboygan on February 7, 1950 to Norbert and Mary Felix Heiting when the family lived in Random Lake. At the age of seven the family moved to Port Washington living on what is called “billy goat hill”. Gerry graduated from Port Washington High School, class of 1968.
Gerry served in the Navy 1968 through 1976, the USS Canopus and USS Ricketts were two of the ships he served on. He served in the naval reserves for 2 years during that period.
Upon his return, Gerry lived on the eastside of Milwaukee, working for Mutual Bank. He loved Milwaukee but always appreciated his roots to Port Washington during the years.
Gerry was a simple, quiet man who enjoyed family and family gatherings. A few years ago he moved to Hartford to be closer to his family.
He is survived by his sisters Mary Ann Cleary of West Bend and Marilyn (Dennis) Duffy of Elkhart Lake; his brother Merin “Bud” Heiting of Hartford; sister-in-law JoAnne Heiting of Columbia, SC, other relatives and friends. Gerry is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Pauline and her husband Donald Underhill and his brother John Heiting.
A memorial mass for Gerry will be celebrated at 11AM Saturday, July 23, 2022 at St. Killian’s Catholic Church, 264 W. State Street, Hartford, WI. Family will receive relatives and friends from 9:30-10:45AM Saturday AT CHURCH prior to Mass. Military honors will be presented after Mass at the church. Final interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington.
Poole Funeral Home / Crematory, Port Washington, Wisconsin assisting the family. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262-284-4431.
Gerry and I worked in the in the supply division while stationed on the USS Canopus, in Holy Loch, Scotland. He was one of the nicest gentlemen I’ve ever met. I’m sorry for your loss.
Gerry, I’m sorry to miss your Memorial Mass on Saturday. I enjoyed talking with you at past cousin reunions. My father Frank Felix was your godfather. We will miss you.
I worked with Gerry in the Customer Records Department at Bank Mutual’s corporate headquarters in Brown Deer, WI.
To me, Gerry was a great coworker, humble private person and I enjoyed his company; when I was blessed to have an non-work conversation with him. (Like when we discussed NHL hockey & the Chicago Blackhawks.)
My coworkers at BKMU were like family to me and I have thought about Gerry on and off since he retired. So sad to learn of his passing. 💔
Gerry was always, kind and always loving and pleasant to talk to. I was blessed to have him as my uncle and will miss him. Even though I did not spend much time with him, I know his brother, my dad, John Heiting adored him as he did all of this siblings. His smile, kind words and gentle spirit will be greatly missed.
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