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Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
Saturday July 2nd, 2022
9:30am - 12:30pm

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Memorial Service

Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
Saturday July 2nd, 2022
12:30pm - 1:00pm

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Retha J. Heintz

Retha J. Heintz (Storey) entered her eternal life at the age of 88 at River Crossing Care Center, on May 19, 2022.  She was born in her grandmother’s farmhouse on December 21, 1933 in Moracco, IN while her parents were visiting for Christmas.  She was a life long resident of Joliet, IL attending AO Marshall and Joliet Township High School.  She married Charles in 1952 and together they raised four sons; Jeffery (Christine), Bradley (Christine), Timothy (Wendy) and Rodney (Amy).  Retha was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  She is also survived by three sisters Geri (Tom) Staley, Nina (David) Anderson and Gayle (David) Bier.


Retha was active in her Christian faith attending the First Baptist Church of Joliet for 65 years and Faith Bible Church the past 20 years.  She served the Lord volunteering with CEF for 5 years, spending time with children at her former grade school AO Marshall and teaching Sunday school throughout her life.  Retha was a devoted mother and homemaker.  She enjoyed sewing, quilting and baking.


Retha was preceded in death by her parents William and Vera Storey, brother William Storey, his wife Norma and grandson Todd Heintz. 


Retha remained devoted to Jesus and rests with him now.  Psalm 121: I lift my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the Maker of Heaven and Earth.


A Memorial Service will be held, Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home.   Visitation Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.   In lieu of flowers memorials to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Loyola  University Medical Center Burn Center would be appreciated.

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Will miss seeing you there everyday for lunch with her.at River Crossing.

Shirley Williams and Mary Hayes Jun 14 2022 1:37 AM

So sorry Kara to hear of the passing of your grandmother. It's obvious she lived a full, enriched and faithful life. Well done servant of God. Take your well deserved rest with our father🙏🏿

Tonya R. Gaddis May 20 2022 5:41 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss.My condolences to the Heintz family, especially Jeff, Chris and Tim. May you find comfort in her memories and peace in the days ahead.

Jackie Wheatley Ryley May 20 2022 8:07 AM

Retha was a wonderful christian woman and friend. I have special memories of her reading the missionary stories at A.O. Marshall during the Good News Clubs. The children always paid close attention to her, she was like a "grandma" to them. She will be missed. Rejoicing with her family that she is now healed and safe in the arms of Jesus!!

The Blackburn's May 19 2022 10:12 PM