Clarence John Heitzman

November 27, 1929 - June 8, 2021

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Reverend Clarence John "Jack" Heitzman, 91, of Southgate, KY passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. He was a graduate of Holy Cross High School, attended 2 years at Xavier University, St. Mary College in St. Mary's Kentucky and St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA. Jack was pastor of 12 years at Sacred Heart Church in Corbin, KY, 10 years at St. Joseph Church in Cold Spring, KY, and 27 years at St. Therese Church in Southgate, KY being named Pastor Emeritus in 2018. He taught for 12 years at Covington Catholic High School and also served as assistant pastor for 4 years at St. Agnes in Ft. Wright, KY, 5 years at Mother of God in Covington, KY and 4 years at St. Paul in Florence, KY. Jack was preceded in death by his parents: Clarence F. and Stella J. Heitzman; sister: Carolyn Goohs; brother: Don Heitzman and niece: Kristi Heitzman. He is survived by his nieces and nephew: Scott Heitzman, Holly Heitzman and Stacie Pearson as well as 1 great-nephew and 2 great-nieces. Visitation will take place on Friday, June 11, 2021 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY 41011 from 4 PM until a Vigil Service at 7 PM and on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 9 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery in Ft. Mitchell, KY. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice. Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Latonia, KY is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at


Donna and John Beatsch - Jun 13, 2021
Father Heitzman was so well loved at St. Therese Parish. It will never be the same without him. We will always remember how you helped us when we needed it. It was you who gave me the true understanding of loving God. Thank you Father and may you Rest In Peace in heaven.
Pete Bartels - Jun 11, 2021
One of the all time Greats. There will never be another person like Fr. Heitzman. I don't know if it's possible , but heaven just got a lot more special.
The McMahon family - Jun 11, 2021
We were all saddened to hear of Fr Heitzman’s passing. Fr Heitzman was a good friend of our close friend Fr Lawrence Keller . If you met Fr Heitzman you knew him, affable, friendly and holy. In fact Fr Keller always said that Fr Heitzman “ was the holiest priest” that he knew. Not sure that anything better can be said about him. This greatest generation are dwindling quickly, they really can’t be replaced. May God bless The soul of Fr Heitzman. He certainly has blessed his life.
The Wright Family - Jun 10, 2021
Our family offers sincere condolences to the family and friends of Father Jack Heitzman. Many are blessed for having crossed paths with this wonderful priest. Our family respected him as a priest for 65 years and were honored to be among his many, many friends and followers. We will never forget that beautiful smile of his:) Peace be with you Father Heitzman.
Dick Maile - Jun 10, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Father Heitzman death. He was a devoted priest and teacher to many including me and my classmates in the CCH class of 1961. He had a great impact on all of us. He was a beautiful example of the priesthood and living a Christian life. I have a saint to pray for me in Fr. Heitzman.
Tom Hall - Jun 10, 2021
I met Father Jack on the Covington Fire Department. He renewed our vows on our12th anniversary and he did the service at my wife’s funeral. Jack was a very kind and compassionate man. Everyone will miss him.
Andy Thaler - Jun 9, 2021
I grew up knowing Father Heitzman at Sacred Heart in Corbin and he left when a was a Senior in High School. He set a high standard for Priests and has been my all time favorite. My faith developed and grew based on his example and teaching.
Patricia J Petersen - Jun 9, 2021
Our family will always remember you, Father Jack, as a wonderful and truly good man. We will miss your yearly visits.
Claire - Jun 9, 2021
I had the greatest privilege of being the kindergarten teacher at St. Therese School for 15 years with Fr. Heitzman. He never missed the opportunity to announce and welcome kindergarten to every mass we would attend. He always made a special effort to visit our classroom regularly and ask if we were learning anything and then always give us a blessing. If he pulled in or out of his driveway when we were playing outside, Father always rolled down his window and stopped. The children would rush over to his car, and he would be all smiles and laughs. Smiles and laughs were his message of the love of Christ we should all embrace. I will always remember what Father said at one mass we attended. I can still hear him saying it… “Everything we do is for the love of Christ.” I will miss this wonderful man. I love him deeply. Father supported me in many ways as a teacher and as a friend. He made me a better person for having known him, and he will always remain in my heart.
Nora Williams - Jun 9, 2021
No one will ever be able to replace Fr. Heitzman he was a friend to one and all I will miss his masses his humor his presence at our Altar Society meetings which he loved and had so much fun at. I know that his loved ones and friends in heaven have given him a very warm welcome may he and they Rest In Peace and ❤️ Love.
Michael Widdis - Jun 8, 2021
Father was a wonderful priest, a great role model. He always had time to listen and provide counsel and assistance. He was a priest of honor and holiness. I wish the seminaries were filled with men such as Father Heitzman. Now Father is at peace. Heaven is blessed.
Julia Cima Jones - Jun 8, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family. Fr. Was a wonderful person and holy priest. He married my husband and I in Sept. 1971 at Sacred Heart in Corbin. My husband has since pasted. Rest in peace Fr.
Michael Baker - Jun 8, 2021
Fr. Heitzman was one of the most saint-like people I have ever known. He always saw the good in people regardless of circumstances. And I could never say no to whatever he asked. A true loss for us, the good Lord has fully embraced him. God speed, Father.

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