Charles Joseph Heitzmann Jr., 80, beloved husband of Marilyn Heitzmann, passed away on August 22nd, 2021 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Cal, as he was known by his friends and family, was born in Weehawken, NJ to Charles and Lula Heitzmann. Throughout his entire life, Cal was incredibly passionate about Weehawken. As an athlete, he excelled on the field lettering multiple years in soccer, basketball, and baseball. As a student, he graduated with honors. But there was nothing more special to him about Weehawken than the lifelong group of friends he made there, many of whom he stayed connected to for his entire life.
Cal graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Peter’s University with a major in American History. He went on to receive a master’s degree from New Jersey City University. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Cal married Ruth Steinmetz who pre-deceased him. The two were happily married for 33 years. After a few years of travel, they had two children, son David and daughter Laura. They raised their family in Belle Mead, New Jersey. Cal’s love of sports also spilled over into coaching where he coached both his son and his daughter for many years in both basketball and baseball. He was particularly proud of one of his daughter’s teams winning the league championship in basketball. He also continued to play in both softball and basketball leagues well into his 50’s with more wonderful friends that he made along the way.
Cal was keenly interested in helping others and spent his entire 40-year career in the healthcare industry starting with the CDC as a field epidemiologist, spending the first 5 years of his career there. He spent most of his working life serving as the Executive Director of the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey. Here, Cal was instrumental in creating and developing the concept of an ‘Academy’ to manage the business affairs for medical specialty and health related organizations. This concept has since been adopted by dozens of states and major cities across the country, all focused on sponsoring continuing medical education programs for physicians. Cal served on many Boards and Committees including the NJ Osteopathic Education Foundation Board of Directors and the American Diabetes Association, NJ Affiliate Board of Directors. He was also a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives.
It was in Princeton, where he met his devoted wife of more than 19 years, Marilyn Davies. The two made an instant connection at a Princeton Hockey game and the rest was history. Cal and Marilyn spent half their time in Naples, Florida and the other half in Princeton/Skillman, New Jersey. Like newlywed kids, they enjoyed so much together including fine dining on the town and friendly competition on the golf course. Cal being an avid New York Yankee fan even got Marilyn to become one herself. They were each other’s greatest strength, and they treated each other’s families like their very own.
Cal had a unique way of connecting with people on a personal level and making them feel great about themselves. He was also one of the kindest, loyal, and trustworthy people one could ever know. All of Cal’s family and friends will miss him dearly.
Cal is survived by his wife, Marilyn Heitzmann; two children (& spouses), David (Carol) Heitzmann, Laura (Paul) Ulrich, and four adoring grandchildren; Trevor, Paulie, Kelsey and Charlie. He is also survived by four step-children (& spouses); Bruce Davies (Susan Marcantonio), Mark Davies (Lidianny Barga), Eric Davies (Trevor Davies) and Nancy Davies (Brad Schwartz) and 6 step-grandchildren; Kyle, Lucas, Nadia, Elliot, Sage and Elle. He also leaves behind his sister Gail Hunt and his cousin Mary Bea Kingwill.
Visitation will be held from 2-5pm on Thursday, August 26, 2021 with a Memorial Service at 5pm at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ 08542.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Cal Heitzmann to the Parkinson’s Foundation https://www.parkinson.org/ or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital