George Louis Heinlein

13 September, 192917 January, 2021

George L. Heinlein, of Rochester, passed away on January 17, 2021, at the age of 91. George was born on Friday, September 13, 1929 to the late Marie and Roman Heinlein.

He was predeceased by the love of his life and best pal, Eleanor Zapf Heinlein. He was also predeceased by his sisters and brother in laws, Betty (Drew) Rohrer, Jane (Russ) Bonjorno, and Joan (Don) Neitz.

He is survived by his children, Mary (Timothy) Jones, Donna (Chuck) Graham, Joseph (Wendy) Rausch, and Ann Millet. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was educated at St. Monica grammar school, Aquinas Institute, and St. Bonaventure University. He often stated ‘you can’t beat a good Catholic education’. George served in the Korean Conflict. He was proud to have graduated from officer’s candidate school at Ft. Worth Texas and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. George retired from Taylor Instrument in 1990 after 35 years, some of which were as manager of cost accounting. He was a long time softball player, bowler, fisherman, woodworker, hunter, gardener, and sports fan. Since 1967 he enjoyed time at a cabin he built on Sugar Creek in the beautiful hills of Ossian. Monthly, he enjoyed Manhattans with retired co-workers, Aquinas classmates, and nephews. After retiring, George was involved with volunteering at St. Monica Church where he was a parishioner since baptism in 1929. George also volunteered as an AARP tax counselor for over 20 years. He was very enthusiastic about volunteering in the wood working shop at Holy Childhood and Hope Hall.

The family would like to thank the Gables of Brighton and their wonderful aide services for making George a part of their family.

Because of COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, a private Funeral Mass will be held for the family. Those wishing to observe the Mass are invited to join the Livestream on Saturday, January 30th at 11am at,

A celebration of his life will take place at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Aquinas Institute or Hope Hall.



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Joseph Rausch

6 February 2021

Sentiment to George in his Christmas card

Hay George (scratch that) Hay Pops, it’s your son Joe.
Thank you! Not for what you’ve given me. You know I’m beyond grateful.
Thank you for all your quite relentless support of my children, my nieces and nephew and all the grandkids.
You and mom showing up at all those soccer games, track meets, dance recitals, choir, music, basketball,
cross country races, and graduation after graduation after graduation, after graduation..............
I never heard you say a bad word about the weather, the crowds or most important their performance.
Some of those elementary school bands. OMG.
I did it a half a dozen times but you and mom most have done it 50 maybe 100 times.
Those hearings aids most have never worked (smilie face).
Thanks you so much for your steadfast support, guidance, and encouragement.
You will never know the impact you have had. Thanks

Forever your son, Joe.

Ps. Please get better, I have a table you can help me refinish.

Terry Mulee

2 February 2021

I'm among the fortunate who could call George "friend." Like him, I'm a lifelong member of St. Monica Church (but he's got about 40 years on me). We spent many, many wonderful times together. Mondays were special as I was at home with Eleanor and George for dinner before Eleanor and I went on to choir practice. We imbibed in many "Happy Hours" on those days. Lots of conversation, laughter, and good food. I also had the joy and privilege of going to "the cabin" with them. I would spend hours, before Happy Hour, with my camera trained on the birdfeeders trying to get that perfect shot. When the choir came for picnics, there'd be hikes, bocce, bean hole, and great food and drink. Memories that will last a lifetime and treasures to hold in my heart. Cheers George. I still can't drink a Manhattan... Love and miss you.

Don De Clerck

26 January 2021

George, thanks for so many wonderful memories. The Saturday nights in your rec room on Kron St sharing some booze and watching "Have Gun, Will Travel" and "Gunsmoke". Then off to Eddie Folts on Genesee St. where we always had such a good time with fellow St. Monicans. Closing up Eddie's, we then went down the street for a delicious hamburger at Nothnagles.
Thanks for the fishing trips up on the Ausable River where we would eat elk steaks at the Sportsman Inn and play poker. Also the trips up in Canada at Loon Lake.
I remember the many breakfasts and dances we had as Monicans. Also, teaching the kids at Industry followed by a stop at Hokie's on Scotsville Rd. Rest in peace dear buddy.

Barbara DiFiore

23 January 2021

George always sat in the front right section of St. Monica's Church. I know I will always think of him when I look in that direction. He was a true, faithful member of the parish. He and Eleanor were there at every gathering. My prayers and sympathy to all the family.
Barbara M. DiFiore

Christine Zapf-Longo

22 January 2021

We will miss you Uncle George. You are finally reunited with Aunt Eleanor and the rest of the family who have passed before. There surely is a wonderful reunion party going on in heaven with quite a few Manhattans being enjoyed. Rest in peace and love.

Jay Polston

20 January 2021

Although we were Classes apart we were AQ close.

Aquinas Alumni Office

20 January 2021

God Bless our Aquinas Brother.

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