Franz Heigemeir, 88, of Rifton, NY, died suddenly on Monday, September 10, 2018 at Health Alliance Hospital of Kingston, NY. Born January 3, 1930, in Stuttgart, Germany, he was the son of the late Franz and Rosa Heigemeir. Upon coming to the United States, Franz served in the US Army from 1954 through 1956. He was a graduate of the Kunstschule Augsburg, Germany, and was a renowned local artist, calligrapher, and graphic designer, who exhibited extensively in the Hudson Valley and beyond, including at the National Academy of Design (NYC), the Harvard Law Library, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, and the Uptown Gallery of Kingston. He taught calligraphy and graphic design at numerous colleges in the area, and designed and built his own home. He was a lifetime member of the Woodstock Art Association, and a member of the Art Society of Kingston. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Sidney Laufman Award and the Yasuo Kuniyoshi Award. He was also a longtime member of the Kingston Maenner und Damenchor.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Marianne Rima (Korn), and two sons, Stephen and Raymond. He is also survived by siblings Egon Heigemeir, Martina Bock, and Leonhard Heigemeir, and numerous nieces and nephews in Germany. He is also survived by his beloved cat, Noodles.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Keyser Funeral Home, 216 Broadway, Port Ewen, NY, where a memorial visitation will be held on Friday September 14 from 4pm to 7pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Town of Esopus Rescue Squad, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, or the Ulster County SPCA. To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com
Please accept my family’s heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear loved one Mr.Heigemeir. May you find comfort in fond memories of him, and hope in God’s promise to shortly restore those asleep in death to perfect life on a paradise Earth.
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Cynthia (Neumann) Craig
Marianne and family, I am so sorry to hear about Franz. When he came in the Post Office he always had a smile on his face and a kind word in his heart. I will miss him very much. May God send his love to comfort you at this time. Bill Dodd...Retired Rifton Postmaster
Marianne, Stephen & Ray. I am so very sorry to hear about Franz. I don’t get the newspaper and unfortunately my Dad only told me this morning, or I would have paid my respects last night. Franz was a very special and talented person. I can remember family get togethers when we were young and all other occasions. He truly will be missed. Love and hugs
Dear Ray and Steve, we are devastated about the sad news and are so sorry about your loss. We are with you in our hearts.. Wolfgang and family
I'm so sorry to hear that, I just met Franz two times, but he was a outstanding personality. Thoughts and Prayers for You and Your family from Detlef /Germany (husband from your niece Angelika)
Steve Sorry for Loss, Thoughts and Prayers for You and Your family
Steve you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers Jim And Kathy
I'm so sorry to here Frank passed, he was always a good man to talk with and always up beat, i know he will be missed by all who knew him ! Love ya Frank. Cliff Christiana
Marianne, Sorry 4 your loss. Thoughts & Prayers 2 U & Family.
Franz... he is the reason I am a Director of Development. He was one of my loved teachers that I learned so much from. Thank you Franz and I so blessed that we connecred recently. Jami
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