Joseph S. Heimann

Joseph S. Heimann
July 5, 1947 – December 13, 2019

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Viola (Backes) Heimann, Columbus NE; grandparents, Joseph and Agatha Heimann; mother and father-in-law, Raymond “Bud” and Bernadine “Bun” Schneider, Columbus NE; sisters, Marlise (Al) Grebenick, Omaha NE, Elaine Maguire and Eileen Heimann.

Joseph Heimann, of Omaha NE was born on July 05, 1947, to the late Sylvester and Viola (Backes) Heimann in Humphrey, NE. He grew up in Columbus NE, graduating in 1965 from Saint Bonaventure High School. He attended Kearney State College and graduated in January 1970 with B.S. in Social Studies.

Joe married the love of his life, Kitty Schneider in Columbus NE on August 23, 1969. They lived in Kearney for a year and then lived in Spencer NE from 1970-1974 where he taught Social Studies and coached head volleyball, assistant basketball and head track.

From 1974 -1976 they lived in Fort Calhoun NE and Joe taught Social Studies for 34 years at Ft. Calhoun High School. He also taught Driver’s Education Summer Programs at Blair and Fort Calhoun Schools for 38 years. Joe was Jr. Class sponsor at FCHS for 23 years. He also was a part-time school bus driver at FCHS for 44 years.

Another move followed in 1976 -2005 to Blair NE where they raised four children: Cynthia, Mary Beth, Christine and Patrick. He was a father who enjoyed various school and church activities throughout the years with his children and loved being involved in their activities. He worked part-time at J.C. Penney’s in Omaha NE for 42 years.

In 2005 they moved to Omaha NE. He lived a very full life being the most loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend, touching so many lives. It was rewarding throughout the years visiting with former students and receiving praise for being such a good teacher and knowing he made an impact on their lives. Joe enjoyed Nebraska football, volleyball, and Royals baseball. He enjoyed reading, yard work and the outdoors. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Social Committee, Holy Hour, Extraordinary Ministry.

Family receives friends Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 5pm to 7pm, with 7pm Vigil, all at West Center Chapel.
Mass: Wednesday, 10:30 am, St. James Catholic Church, 4710 N 90th St. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials to St. James Catholic Church, American Cancer Society, Scotus Central Catholic High School or Masses.



  • Mark Schneider Posted December 13, 2019 10:23 pm

    Kitty ,Cindy , Chris , Beth and Pat I cant express how deeply sorry we are for the passing away of Joe. He was the kindest and gentle and hardest working man I ever met. So proud to call him my Brother -in law and God father of our daughter Katie . We all will miss him so much but know he is out of pain and now peacefully in the hands of the lord ✝️🙏 Love Uncle Mark Betsy Megan and Katie Schneider

  • Erich Langan Posted December 13, 2019 11:38 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Kent and Donna Rabourn Posted December 14, 2019 4:27 pm

    Prayers and love for the family and strength and healing going forward.. Heaven welcomes a kind, big hearted man loved by so many. He will be there and you will feel that presence often.

  • Linda and George Gottschall Posted December 14, 2019 7:21 pm

    Kitty and family it breaks our hearts too. Joe was one of a kind. So gentle and soft spoken and loved by all that know him. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. I know he will smile down on us and we will feel the warmth of his presence. We love you all. Rest in peace Joe.

  • Karla Von Seggern Posted December 14, 2019 8:36 pm

    Aunt Kitty and Family, we are so sorry about the passing of Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe was such a kinx, hard working, loving, and peaceful man that made this world a better place! Our prayers are being lifted for your family. Love, The Von Seggern Family ♥️🙏

  • Judy A Morris Posted December 14, 2019 10:00 pm

    Just cant say enough about my big brother..He was not only kind and caring but always there when I needed him most. Heaven has definitely gained a champ . Cant imagine life here on earth without you. I know you will be lookin down on us and give us strength to carry on. Give hugs to Sylvester and Viola & all for me.See you in eternity..

  • CAROLE AND JOE MALTACEA Posted December 15, 2019 6:57 am

    We are sending our love and prayers your way, that God will give you strength to get through this difficult time. May your fond memories of all the fun, happy times bring you comfort.
    Joe was a special man, and it was an honor to have known him. You picked a great guy, Kitty!
    You remain in my constant thoughts and prayers. Love you!

  • Peggy Johnson Posted December 15, 2019 8:52 am

    Dear Kitty and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love and God bless,,
    Peggy, Lauren and Jack

  • Gretchen Posted December 15, 2019 9:40 am

    Kitty and family,
    So sorry for your for the loss of Joe.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers .
    May the memories you have help you in this difficult time.

  • Gabe White Posted December 15, 2019 10:51 am

    So sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of the best teachers I had in school. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

  • Beth Klawitter Posted December 15, 2019 11:02 am

    He was one of my favorite teachers. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • Rich Berney Posted December 15, 2019 11:33 am

    Having Joe as a classmate and friend over the years was to know his kindness and gentility. The mellowest man I ever knew. Sleep in peace, Joey……I’ll see ya in a while. Love and peace to Joe’s beloved family.

  • Jeannie Werner Posted December 15, 2019 11:53 am

    Kitty and family I’m so sorry to hear of Joes passing. You are all in life thoughts and prayers and have my deepest sympathy. I feel very honoured to have known him. Hang on to all your wonderful memories and wait to see the red cardinal and know that Joe is there to check in with you.

  • William Weeks Posted December 15, 2019 12:22 pm

    my favorite teacher. He made high school fun.

  • Bill Fitzgerald Posted December 15, 2019 12:28 pm

    Educated many of the Fitzgerald, Gepson and Townley family members over the years. Definitely a fixture of the Fort Calhoun School. Godspeed Mr. Herman! You were more than an educator, you were a mentor and an example of what we should all strive to be.

  • Ronee Christensen Posted December 15, 2019 1:20 pm

    Joe was one of my very favorite teachers in High School! As an adult, I was able to visit with him again many times when he was driving my kiddos buses on their field trips. He was such a nice person!

  • Steve Nebbia Posted December 15, 2019 6:02 pm

    I’m so very sorry to read of Joe’s passing. I worked with him at Penneys. He was very nice and had a great work ethic by willing to take on any job he was given. I’ll always remember his laugh and the joy he showed when talking about his family. He will be missed by many. Sending thoughts and prayers.

  • Jan Anderson Posted December 16, 2019 7:58 am

    Joe was a friend from college. He was such an important friend that he was a groomsman in our wedding back in 1968. Many years later we we found each other again at Ft. Calhoun. You will always be remembered as a great guy, Joe. RIP

  • Al Niedbalski Posted December 16, 2019 9:14 am

    Dear Kitty and family: I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. We were neighbor’s when I was a small kid, and Joe always had time to play catch or throw a football when I asked him. I am sure he could have found many other things to do, but he always made time. I will always remember that about Joe.

  • John McGill Posted December 16, 2019 10:28 am

    From all of Joe’s Driver Ed Buddies, please accept our condolences. RIP

  • Shelly Hoke-Westenburg Posted December 16, 2019 12:36 pm

    I am so heartbroken to hear about our beloved Joe. I worked with Joe for many years at JC Penney’s and whenever I saw Joe, I just lit up. Joe was the best and I can’t believe he is gone. Joe you were loved by all of us crazy kids in the store. We grew up with you as our mentor and chief. Such a kind and loving person. To Joe’s family, I send my love and blessings. We loved Joe so much…..

  • Janice and Ed Stratman Posted December 16, 2019 12:46 pm

    Sorry for your loss, know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. So many memories.

  • Sue Helfrich Danielson Posted December 16, 2019 3:39 pm

    My sympathy Kitty to you and your family. What a lifelong love story you and Joe shared! So many memories! Such a great guy!

  • Mary Lea Bain Posted December 16, 2019 5:33 pm

    Oh how I remember you when I was in high school over 35 years ago! You always had a smile on your face and loved to teach. I am a true history buff, thanks to you! May you Rest in Peace.

  • Stu Sprick Posted December 16, 2019 5:43 pm

    My condolences to Joe’s family. I was one of many students that loved Joe. I honestly believe every student he taught loved him. He was a fine man and I have many fond memories of him in school…and at J.C. Penny’s when I would bump into him. He will be missed by myself and many many others.

  • Kevin And Becky Nettz Posted December 16, 2019 8:24 pm

    Thoughts and prayers be with in your time of grief. We love you all!
    Becky Nettz

  • Becky (Sick) Rossander Posted December 16, 2019 11:21 pm

    Kitty, Cindy, Chris, Beth and Patrick, we are so saddened by Joe’s death, but thankful for having known him and for the thousands of young lives he impacted so positively. Y’all are in our prayers, and know that God will have His loving and comforting arms around you in the upcoming days, weeks and months. Love, Becky, Tim and Steve

  • Bob Slechta Posted December 17, 2019 11:03 am

    May I also offer my prayers and condolences to the Heimann family. Joe Heimann made a connection with most if not all he taught including my FCHS class of 1977. Just two short years ago at our 40th Reunion he took to the time to come and participate, visiting with each of us as we remembered times long before. As other former students have noted above his connection was a gift shared by many. And here it is 40 plus years later that we who had only a brief time with the man … remember fondly. At the end of the day that itself is a testament of who he was to us, I can only imagine what he was even more to his family. May the love of Jesus surround you as you now celebrate his time on earth and his “graduation” to Heaven.

  • Charlene Langley Schwark Posted December 18, 2019 7:42 pm

    Kitty, thinking of you and keeping you in prayer. Joe was such a special man. I feel blessed to have known him. Happy memories of college days together. May God’s peace and comfort surround you.

  • Emily Anderson Posted January 15, 2020 12:09 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Heiman was my Social Studies teacher. I am a graduate of Fort Calhoun class of 1978. I always enjoyed his class & our conversations whenever we met after graduation. He was a patient man & a good teacher.

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