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Our mom is the best mom ever. She grew up in a family of 10 girls and one boy (all of whom have passed away. She is the last of the greatest generations of the Heintz/Maxey/McGuiggan families.
Many people know her as Jeanne, Beanie, Mean Jeanne or Hurricane Jeanne but she was never mean! She loved the nicknames!
Mom was always there for us kids. Mom never hesitated to help someone. She is a devout Catholic, loves God, her family, work- she worked not only on the family truck farm but at Phil’s Place Restaurant part time as a waitress off Randolph and View and in the dining room at Little Sisters of the Poor until 2009 when she retired at age 85.
She also loves bingo and of course music.
As many of you know our mom is a HUGE Springsteen fan & has seen over 300 shows. She became close to the band, especially to Stevie Van Zandt and the late Clarence Clemons as well as Bruce and the entire band. We need prayers from everyone including her E Street Nation family from all over the world.
Mom was admitted to ICU 5138 at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Saint Paul MN on 2/16/2020. My Auntie Ann McGuiggan and Father John Paul Erickson came down.
She is 95 years young and was in a memory care center prior to admission. She was in AFIB & had a bed sore. ER doctor thought she might have had a blood clot in lungs, but praise God she didn’t however she has pneumonia, fluid build up.
Mom has and remains alert. At 6:00 pm Sunday night after returning home, I received a call from hospitalist MD who told me she was dying and to let her be. A decision was made to send her to ICU. We were distraught and devastated by the words from this doctor who only knew her for 10 minutes.
She was taken to ICU; the first 24 hours were rough. Mom is on oxygen 24/7. She hates needles and swore at doctors &; nurses. She’s feisty!! She pulled out a PICC line and was agitated. She is in restraints so she doesn’t pull out any other IV line. Doctors were giving her amiodorone to try and treat the AFIB and placed her on antibiotics for the pneumonia .
The morning of 2/17/2020, they finally gave her medicine to relax & mom finally fell asleep at 4 am on Monday morning. At 5:45 am, received great news that her heart rate is back to normal!. However, mom has a blood clot in her leg which doctors are trying to treat with heparin.. She has to remain restrained due to IV lines and not understanding what is happening.
She’s now in ICU 5108.
As of this morning, 2/18/2020, her heart rate remains normal. She is not out of the woods yet. She’s still battling the pneumonia, blood clot and fluid.
On 2/20/20, Mom has had a setback with her heart rate going up again. Her heart rate was fine for over 2 days. She could barely walk to commode in room. She ate some food. Concern again is the heart rate. Cardiologist changed medications. Remains on oxygen 24/7. Praying she gets stronger everyday.
We, her family members, request that you keep her in your prayers and that she will overcome the high heart rate, pneumonia, fluid & blood clot so that we can bring her home. Thank you and god bless.
Mom is in room 4048 and past couple of nights she was very agitated, screaming and yelling at the nurses while refusing to take her medications. Finally once my brother went down on 2/22/2020, the care team placed IV in her arm, she took her medications and was resting comfortably. Hopefully tonight she remains calm without any outbursts of agitation. We know she’s bored and doesn’t want to be there but her doctor and nurses are taking excellent care of her. Let us pray for peace for her tonight. She’s a tough lady & continues to fight.
2/23/2020- mom won’t eat and slept most of the day. Her oxygen levels were slightly lower so cardiologist ordered IV Lasix to get fluid out which is working. Oxygen levels are good and Lasix is working. Frank & i tried bringing her favorite foods up-donuts, pop, sweet & sour chicken with rice but wouldn’t eat. She says she wants to fight through this, get strong and eat but then refuses. Called nurse few minutes ago; mom declined an antibiotic but her nurse Brett, along with doctors are doing everything can to help her.
On 2/25/2020, mom was fine in the morning, but rapidly declined in a matter of a half hour. She was unresponsive the entire day, oxygen levels were in 40s-50s and pupils were only slightly dilated. We anticipated the worst. I prayed the Rosary to her all day and resigned the fact that she was in Gods hands. I told her she can be with dad, son Greg, her favorite cop Mike Findley and reunite with Clarence so he can play his saxophone music to her.
My brother Frank came down to be with her as well. We were at peace knowing she did not appear to be suffering. We were prepared for the call. About 3 hours after we left and told her she can go with God and be at peace, Frank received a call that she was awake and agitated. We could not believe this given what we knew.
On 2/26/2020, she was fine in the morning, but as the day went on became very agitated. swearing at nurses and hollering out for me. My sister Pat visited for few minutes. Discussed with Frank and we want to move her to hospice care where she will get the best care ever.
We know mom doesn’t like where she is at. Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease along with COPD, CHF & respiratory failure
Please continue to read updated journal notes as a family we want to focus on her quality of life to help her through this. She is embarking on a new journey in her life. May God continue to keep His arms around her and comfort her during this time.
She is in hospice care at Saint Joseph’s Hospital receiving comfort care but remains responsive until we are able to move her to a hospice facility (if possible).
***UPDATE: I visited mom today, 2/28/20 and i was there until 3:30 pm. She was mostly unresponsive, but i told her that we all loved her and she said yes. Our beloved family priest Father John Paul Erickson stopped by and blessed mom as she started her journey to heaven in the arms of God. The plan was to move her to hospice at the Shalom Home on 2/29/2020. I noticed before i left that moms breathing was labored. I asked Marianne RN her nurse if she was going to pass away tonight and we were not sure, it’s in Gods hands. I kissed mom goodbye and left the hospital at 3:30. Anne-Catherine Sert was kind enough to give me a ride home.
I was home 20 minutes & received the call from Marianne RN that mom died a around 4:00 pm. Her primary doctor Dr. Brian Hansen called me as i had left a message regarding the Shalom Home & i blurted our mom died. He said that he knew and that was the reason for the call. We talked about her love of music & that she was thrilled when he attended the concert on 2/29/16 and saw mom dance onstage with Bruce. I thanked Dr. Hansen for taking care of our mom.
Pat & Frank were notified and my friend Dave Wilkie drove me back to the hospital. The staff allowed us to stay as long as we wanted to. Mom was wrapped in her prayer shawl and holding the Rosary that our friend Anne-Catherine gave her from France.
Moms wish was to see Bruce, Stevie and the band to dance one more time, but mom was called home. She is now free of the diseases of Alzheimer’s & COPD
She was greeted with open arms in heaven and is now with dad, Greg, her sisters and brother, her parents, her favorite St. Paul cop Sgt. Mike Findley; Danny Federici, her best friend Clarence Clemons and dog Brucie. She can rock n roll and dance forever.
Frank, Pat and i are devastated by our loss, but our faith will carry us through as we know we will see her again one day. We all love you mom-you were the best mom, grandma, great grandma & friend to many people around the world. A concert will never be the same without you there but as Bruce said after Danny & Clarence died, “if we’re here, they’re here.”
The weeks will be difficult but we will remember all of the great things you did for us. Mom, we promise you the 3 of us kids will stick together as a family. You had a wonderful life. We love you very much.
Full Funeral notice will be in both newspapers on Wednesday March 4, 2020.
The wake will be Monday March 9 from 4-8 at Mueller Mortuary Parkway Chapel, 835 Johnson Parkway, St. Paul and Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday March 10 at Transfiguration Catholic Church at 6133- 15th Avenue N in Oakdale at 10:00 am with visitation from 9-10 am with Father John Paul Erickson presiding. Luncheon will follow. Burial will be at Fort Snelling.
Wear black, pink or your SPRINGSTEEN CONCERT SHIRTS!
NO FLOWERS PLEASE. MEMORIALS PREFERRED TO FAMILY.
Another celebration of life with mom’s Springsteen family will be held sometime in late summer/fall due to coronavirus
PLEASE leave address, email or telephone number to be notified of it.
Thank you all for your prayers and support during this emotional roller coaster.
As Clarence once said, “Love lives, God Bless and keep on rockin’”.
People are asking about sending cards/memorials- PLEASE NO FLOWERS
you may send them to:
Jackie Heintz Frank Heintz Pat Heley c/o 360 Spring Street Unit 140 Saint Paul MN 55102 651-600-0240 Jackieh119@icloud.com
Memorials will go towards moms medical care.
Frank, Pat & Jackie
Mom you are dancing in our hearts forever. We ALL LOVE YOU VERY MUCH! ❤️🙏🙏❤️😥💔