James A. Heins

November 7, 1926March 12, 2013

James A. Heins of Rochester Hills, went to his heavenly home on March 12, 2013 at age 86.

Jim was an inspiration to his family through his easy-going personality, never-ending willingness to help others, focus on quality in everything he did and faith in God. Loving family members include his wife of 62 years Norma; children Eric (Dawn) Heins of Monroe, Michigan, Krista Heins of Delaware, Ohio, Dayna (Zack) Matthews of Riley, Michigan, and Kevin Heins of Rochester Hills; his sister Hazel (Leonard) Sass of Interlochen, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 16 nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by parents Walter and Esther Heins, brother Ed Heins, and son-in-law Jack Knapp.

For more than 60 years, Jim was a self-employed master craftsman, creating beauty in the homes of many area residents. All of his handiwork was made with such pride and by giving his best to his customers; when at home, Jim enjoyed gardening and landscaping, building and tending to his koi pond, and constantly working on a house project that never seemed to get finished.

His church family was also central to his life. As one of the early members of St. John Lutheran Church in Rochester, Jim was active as a trustee and served in various other roles and committees over the past 55 years there. He was a long time member of the church's Male Choir and Adult Choir. Jim's family especially wants to thank the congregation for their prayers, visits and caring thoughts during his illness.

Memorials in Jim's name may be made to the St. John Lutheran Church & School Foundation or Music Fund, 1011 W. University Drive, Rochester, MI 48307.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2013

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Candi/Jim Schwark

March 20, 2013

The obituary describes Jim so well. We extend our sympathy to Norma, and to the Heins' family, We know they take comfort in the assurance our Savior gives us for eternal life. Blessings to each of you!

Mike & Denise Klaus

March 20, 2013

Dear Aunt Norma, Eric, Dawn, Krista, Dayna, Zack, Kevin and all the family:

We were so sorry to hear of Uncle Jim's passing. We know he will be missed greatly. Mike and I send our love, prayers and sympathies to all of you. We hope that the memories you hold dear will keep Uncle Jim close until the day we are all reunited.

With our sincere love and affection for all of you, Mike and Denise

Faith Ebert Natalie Reder

March 15, 2013

From the Ebert and Reder family; we send our prayers of comfort and blessed assurance.. We hold dear many many memories from our time together at St. John. Dad (Herb;2/4/09) and Jim can catch up on old times now.
May your heartsbe filled with all the memories shared by those whose lives were touched by Jim touched with his kind-hearted nature and wonderful humor. <3

Dick & Joyce Tenniswood

March 15, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to Norma and the entire Heins family during this difficult time. Jim was a great guy, great neighbor, and we have many fond memories over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

March 14, 2013

I was just thinking of Jim. I had received a copy of my family tree and was thinking of all the other people I knew. I will always remember Jim and Jim McGran working on the house on Texas. They always started everyday with a cup of tea. Jim talked of the "right" way to do things. Please accept my sympathy,Norma, I will be thinking of you and your Family.
Martly (McGran) Wheeler

March 14, 2013

Our sympathy to the Heins family, Jim was a great guy and he will be missed. Jim had many friends at Dillman & Upton and it was my pleasure to be one of them.

Judy (Dennis) Kabacinski
Long Beach, California

March 14, 2013

We were saddened to hear of the passing of our wonderful neighbor. Our hearts and prayers go out to Norma and family. May God bless you all.
Carol and John Reddan

Barbara Baumgartner McKay

March 14, 2013

My sympathy to Jim's family. Jim was the master craftsman in my sister Lorraine's home and they were so proud of his work. My sister Doris was a good friend of Norma's from Utica High School. God bless you all.