Joseph J. “Joe” Heiler

Joseph J. “Joe” HeilerJoseph J. “Joe” Heiler, age 60 of 33 North Mayfield Street, Shenandoah passed away peacefully Saturday evening at Schuylkill Medical Center – East Norwegian Street, Pottsville after a lengthy illness with family at his side.

Born at the former Ashland State Hospital on February 15, 1952 he was a son of the late Thomas and Josephine M. (Wardigo) Heiler.

He was a 1969 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

US FlagJoe was a US Navy Veteran having served during the Vietnam era.

He worked as a purchasing agent for the Allentown Housing Authority and later for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in Harrisburg.

Joe was a member of St. George’s Church and the Phoenix Fire Company both of Shenandoah.  In earlier years, he was a member of Annunciation BVM Church, Shenandoah.

TitansHe was an avid sports fan and fervently rooted for his favorite teams, the Tennessee Titans and the Philadelphia Phillies.  He enjoyed rock music and attended many rock concerts.  However, his favorite time was spent with his grandson, his “best buddy Zach”.

Preceding him in death in addition to his parents was a brother, Walter Heiler.

Surviving are his wife, the former Bonnie M. Examitas to whom he was married forty years; a daughter, Heather Heiler of Drums; a grandson, Zachary Joseph Baran; two brothers, Thomas Heiler and his wife JoAnn of West Lawn and Michael Heiler and his wife Mary of Ringtown; two sisters, Mary Davidson of Shenandoah and Josephine “Cookie” Lipshaw and her husband John of Frackville; nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren and many friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9:30 AM from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM in Annunciation BVM Church, Shenandoah.  Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor will officiate.  Interment with military honors will follow in Annunciation BVM Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

Friends may call Wednesday at the funeral home from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Thursday from 8:30 AM until the time of service.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph J. “Joe” Heiler Has 5 Condolences Posted:

  1. Denise M DePew says:

    Dear Heather and Family,

    Heather, my friend, I feel privileged to have been able to be there for you as you and your family wished for one more Christmas. It is so hard to say good-bye to your precious Dad but you all were blessed with many wonderful memories to cling to. His love for each of you was so special and will be with each of you forever.You all must be so proud of his accomplishments. Please know that I am with you across the miles and will be with you in the days and years to come.

    With my love, Denise

  2. David Examitas says:

    Dear Heiler Family:

    I am really sorry for your loss. Joe was a great guy, a good husband and father and a friend to many. May he rest in Peace.

    May you have peace knowing that he is with the Lord Jesus Christ in Heaven


  3. David Examitas says:

    Dear Heather:

    I am deeply sorry for the loss of your dad. I know how much you loved him and how much he loved you. I will keep you in my prayers, always Phoebleene.

    May he rest in the arms of Jesus!!!! Amen

    God Bless, Uncle Dave

  4. David Examitas says:

    Dear Bonnie,

    I am deeply sorry for the loss of your soul mate and best friend. I know how much you were both in love with each other. You and Joe were one of the all time great couples that showed that love to every one around you. Joe was a better brother to me than all my real brothers put together. His friendship and acceptance was deeply appreciated in my life and I will miss him! However, dear sister, take heart, he is with the Lord Jesus where we all want to be someday and you will see him someday along with all of our loved ones who have passed away. Joe was a great guy and a good friend to many. May he rest in Peace, Amen!!!!!

    I love you, Bonnie and the Lord is always with you!!!

    Brother Dave

  5. Carolyn Hlatky says:

    I went to grade school with Joe’s daughter. I remember I always thought of him as the “cool” dad because he had such good taste in music and he was just an all around fun guy to be around. While other kids would complain about their parents, Heather never had a bad word to say about him. He was a great and much loved father, and that’s what I will remember when I think of him.

    My deepest sympathies to his family and friends, especially to Bonnie and Heather, my heart is breaking for both of you. I hope you can find some peace in the fact that he is no longer in any pain. Rest comfortably Mr Heiler, your suffering is over now.

    “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” ~John Taylor