Joseph "Joe" P. Heywang, instrumental teacher and coach, passes away


SPARTA — Alumni from our earlier years, specifically 1966-1973, will remember teacher and coach Joseph “Joe” P. Heywang, who passed away peacefully on May 8, 2018.

Coach Heywang was instrumental in forming the school’s guidance department and served as athletic director in addition to teaching history, coaching football, basketball, and baseball, and initiating the track & field program during his years at Pope John XXIII.  Generation 1970 describes Coach’s tenure best – “completely dedicated to Pope John.” 

Joe is survived by his two sisters, Jean Johnson and Jane Broe, and many nieces and nephews.  We ask that you keep Joe and his family in your prayers during this sad and difficult time.


Joe has gone no further from us than to God, and God is very near.

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