Wayne Anthony Heiser, age 72, of Winsted, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place Friday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. There will be a time of reflection on Wayne’s life two hours prior to the Mass, at the church.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.
Wayne was born March 8, 1947, in Baraboo, WI.
He attended Crosier Seminary in Onamia, to earn his associate of arts degree. He then attended Mount Saint Paul in Waukesha, WI to earn his bachelor’s degree in American history, before attending Saint John’s University in Collegeville, where he earned a masters of divinity.
Wayne married Margaret Imholte Aug. 3, 1974, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Watkins. Loyal partners in life for 45 years, they were blessed with four sons.
Wayne and Margaret are faithful members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
Wayne worked in several professions over the years, though he most fondly recalled his 12 years teaching at Holy Trinity High School in Winsted, where he taught religion and history classes. He also ran the CCD program, and coached the Holy Trinity baseball team.
Wayne, in his own right, was a pretty good baseball player. He often reminded his sons of his pitching prowess, noting he threw three no-hitters. His love of baseball led to his love of other sports.
Wayne was an avid fisherman and hunter.
He also could be found attending Holy Trinity Trojans, Concordia Golden Bears, St. Paul Pioneers, and St. Cloud Blue Sox games whenever his sons or grandchildren were playing.
He was an avid Gopher football and Green Bay Packers fan. From a young age, all the grandkids were taught to say, “Boo, Packers,” when they saw Grandpa Wayne in his Packers gear. He loved them all nonetheless.
In 1991, he started a sports card and collectibles business. He often said it was to “keep his sons out of trouble,” but the family all realized that it was more of a social activity for him.
Wayne loved people and getting to know them. He could walk up and talk to anyone, like he had known them forever. Generous to a fault, he was known to help anyone who needed help. He enjoyed donating his time and money to help others. If there was ever a charity auction that needed items, he was always willing to donate sports cards or collectibles, oftentimes from his own personal collection.
In his later years, as he became less mobile, Wayne enjoyed visits from friends, family, and especially his grandchildren. Always by his side were his two dachshunds, Abby and Amber.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Margaret Heiser; sons Daniel Heiser of St. Cloud, Mark (Corissa) Heiser of Cottage Grove, Nathan (Monica) Heiser of Lakeville, and Jonathan (Leigha) Heiser of Winsted; nine grandchildren: Carter, Katelyn, Everett, Landon, Logan, Jacob, Wyatt, Jerome, and Hailey; four siblings: James Oberli, Denise Rhoades, Sandy Pickar, and Donald Schara Jr.; his mother-in-law, Rose Imholte; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceeded in death by his mother, Loraine Oberli; an uncle, Bud Heiser; father-in-law, Jerome Imholte; and sister-in-law, Kathleen Wheeler.