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Catherine Jo “CJ” Heim

May 23, 2019


St. Marys—Catherine Jo “CJ” Heim passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the St. Marys Manor.

She was born November 15, 1924 to Edward F. and Anna Rose Cunneen Brennan in the Lost Creek Community north of Belvue. CJ graduated from St. Marys High School.

CJ first worked at Sunflower Ordnance Works in Lawrence from 1944 through 1946. On April 23, 1949 she was united in marriage to John C. Heim. She and her husband owned and operated John C. Heim Construction. She later worked as a health aide in the local public schools for a number of years. Her favorite job was being a mom and grandma. CJ was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and spent many hours in the adoration chapel. She was a member of Hoy-Heim American Legion Auxiliary in St. Marys.

Her husband John preceded her in death on April 21, 1973. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Jim, Rod and Ed “Bud” Brennan, and daughter-in-law Brenda Heim.

Those left to cherish her memory are five sons, John C. Heim Jr., St. Marys; Mike (Patty) Heim, Topeka; Dan (Sharon) Heim, Nashville, TN; Gary (Nina) Heim, Elk Grove, CA; and Mark (Trish) Heim, Rossville; four daughters, Nancy (Evan) Lundin, Boise, ID; Kate (Steve) Jacobson, St. Marys; Peggy Schultz, Wichita and Shannon (Tom) Dugan, Sacramento, CA; her sister, Rosemary (Bob) Fulmer, Wamego; her brother, Joe Brennan, Indianola, IA; as well as 25 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 7 pm Monday, May 27 at the church where a rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Food Pantry or the Johnson Basic Cancer Research Center at KSU and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.




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26 thoughts on “Catherine Jo “CJ” Heim

  1. CJ was such an elegant lady and overall wonderful person. I extend my condolences and much love to her family; I feel like I know you all! She always shared updates and was so proud of each of you. I worked with CJ at Rossville Grade School when she was a health aide. I feel blessed to have known her; loved her dearly. Jane Elliott

  2. To the Heim family,
    CJ lives through you all. She touched many people as you all know. I thank God I was able to be one of them. Blessings to you all.

  3. I was so very sorry to learn of CJ’s death. Though I hadn’t seen her for several years I have fond memories of her and know her family will miss her immensely. Mark kept me informed of how she was doing over the last few years. Hugs and Prayers – Glenna Machin

  4. So sorry for your loss, CJ was a beautiful loving, caring person, and a great mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. What a beautiful soul Heaven has gained. I will always remember CJ with a welcoming smile who loved her family so very much. Love and prayers to the family.

  6. Peggy I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for you and your family. Love Erica
    Don’t weep for me, for now I’m free,
    I’m following the path God laid for me.
    I took his hand when I heard his call,
    I turned my back and left it all.
    I could not stay another day,
    To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
    Tasks left undone must stay that way,
    I’ve found that peace at the close of the day.
    If my parting has left a void,
    Then fill it with remembered joy.
    A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
    Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
    Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
    I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
    My Life’s been full, I savored much,
    Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch,
    Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
    Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
    Lift up your heart and share with me,
    God wanted me now, He set me free

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time. We cannot put into words are respect and love for CJ. She was a beautiful lady and raised such a wonderful family. Love and God Bless all of you.

  8. To all members of the Heim family,
    Rick and I want to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mom, Catherine Jo. She was really a rock and a wonderful lady! She had such a grand smile and so inviting to the children in CCD class as our youngest children were going through First Communion and Confirmation. Thank you so very much for sharing her with the rest of us! It was an honor and I was quite humbled for the short period that I was there for her. You all are in our prayers and may C J now rest in the good Lord’s arms as His peace surrounds her like no other.

  9. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during your time of need.

    Jay fields

  10. CJ’s smile instantly warmed your heart and made you smile. What an awesome lady. So very sorry for your loss.

  11. Dear John, Nancy, Kathleen, Mike, Danny, Gary, Peggy, Mark and Shannon and all your families, I am saddened to hear of Aunt CJ’s passing and I’m thinking of you all and extending love and sympathy to you at this time of loss. May God Bless and comfort you at this time.
    Love, your cousin, Sharon Brennan Matthews

  12. Dear Heim Family:
    Brenda frequently spoke, with admiration and love, about her dear Mother-in-law, CJ. Years later when I met Mrs Heim, I instantly felt and understood what a very special lady she was – a true family Matriarch.
    May your hearts find comfort and peace, as you lovingly recall cherished memories of your time together and the love of family she instilled in each of you.
    With Love and sincere sympathy,
    Debbie Vignatelli

  13. I met CJ when my son Evan married Nancy – she became an
    instant friend. I also loved her whole family as mine.

  14. CJ was such an awesome person and she made the best cinnamon roll. Perry would use his snowblower to clean the walks on the 400 block of Mission and these rolls would show up afterward. So sorry for your loss.

  15. So very sorry for your loss. What an amazing life and beautiful family she blessed St. Mary’s with. My sincere condolences

  16. I loved your Mom and all the time that I spent at your house! I will be praying for all of you! Amazing lady and amazing Family!
    Amy (Pettay) Lahr

  17. As one of the mission street kids however briefly she was a sweetheart ❤️ condolences to you and your family.

  18. Peggy, Allison and Will

    So glad to have had the privilege of meeting your mother and grandmother. She was so precious. Remember those sweet memories.

    Love, Miscy Reeser

  19. CJ was one of a kind. a ray of sunshine where ever She went. Many will miss Her Smile. sending Prayers to Her Family.

  20. Words have a tough time describing CJ. Community lady that succeded in becoming everyone’s friend & knew no stranger. You always received a kind greeting from her which developed nothing but respect. This was brought forth in all her family she & John raised. Our sympathy to the family.

  21. Heim Family
    Cj was a beautiful lady. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  22. Peggy, Allison, & Will
    Our thoughts and prayers sent your way in this difficult time.
    Love Bob & Kim Duren

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