Founder Fran: A Life Well Lived

Fran Heitzman

March 6, 1925 ~ January 11, 2020

It’s with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Bridging Founder, Fran Heitzman. Fran passed away on January 11, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at home.

Fran was deeply loved by those who met him over the course of his amazing 94 years of a life well lived. In addition to his family, those who had the opportunity to serve alongside him at Bridging over the last 33 years will forever cherish the memories and be inspired to keep his dream alive. The contagious inspiration and passion Fran shared as an advocate for those in need, ensured all families were served with dignity and was vital in achieving Bridging’s most recent milestone of serving 95,000 households since its inception/the beginning. His tremendous work ethic, commitment to quality service and unwavering pledge to ensure that “everyone has a bed to sleep in” truly made him one-of-a-kind.

“It has been a true honor to serve alongside this most extraordinary man – so full of love, care and compassion for others. I will forever treasure my experiences with him and all the wisdom shared. He was a true champion for the community. More than 300,000 individuals have had their homes furnished with hope because of Fran’s vision. We have the privilege to carry on his incredible legacy of love and service to all whom we encounter; and at Bridging, we will do just that.” Mark Wilkening, Bridging’s Executive Director

Founder Fran’s vision for Bridging will continue to thrive and his legacy will be everlasting, touching generations to come. He has given us HOPE for a better and brighter world and we will never forget his profound words; “When good people get together and do good things, then good things happen.” — Fran Heitzman, Bridging founder

Please share your memories and stories about dear Founder Fran. They will be shared with his family and the Bridging Team. (form below)

Honor Founder Fran with a Memorial Gift: To ensure Fran’s legacy lives on and his dream to furnish homes with hope continues well into the future, Bridging will be establishing the Founder Fran Fund to which all memorial gifts will be designated. Donate now.

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Read the full obituary in the Star Tribune on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Make a Memorial Gift to Bridging

Honor Founder Fran with a Memorial Gift: To ensure Fran’s legacy lives on and his dream to furnish homes with hope continues well into the future, Bridging will be establishing the Founder Fran Fund to which all memorial gifts will be designated. Donate now.

 

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Founder Fran will forever be in our hearts and we will keep his dream alive!

Thank you to ALL who have touch his life and made an impact at Bridging. Help us continue his dream for generations to come!

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