Stephen F. Heineck, 77, of Sparta, died Monday, April 22, 2019 at Bethany Riverside, La Crosse. He was born on November 23, 1941 in Sparta to Leonard and Ellen (Jones) Heineck. He grew up in Sparta and graduated from Sparta High School in 1959. He then attended UW-La Crosse and double majored in Economics and History.
Stephen married Sheila Woodworth on June 9, 1963 in Sparta.
Stephen served in the US Navy. He then worked for the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance in Madison. He moved to Minnesota in 1979 to work with ITT Hartford Insurance. He retired from Hartford Financial and he and Sheila lived in Port St. Lucie, FL before moving back to Sparta in 2005 to be closer to family.
Stephen was a lifelong member of the Sparta Eagles Club and La Crosse VFW. He enjoyed bowling, golf, and mini golf.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Sheila of Sparta; children, Elizabeth Heineck of Chanhassen, MN, Wendy (George) Parden of Long Beach, CA, Christopher Heineck of Sparta, and Jennifer (Stephen) Choukalas of Robbinsdale, MN; 10 grandchildren, Kevin, Zachary, Conor, Tara, Samantha, Rebecca, Jacqueline, Colin, Gwen and Claire; sister, Barbara (Peter) Witt of Union Grove, WI; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David Heineck and sister, Kathryn Scafe.
A Celebration of Stephen’s Life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Club Oasis, Sparta. Military honors provided by VFW Post 2112 will start the celebration.
The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.