Paul Howard Mainz

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 5, 1953
Date of Death:
Friday, November 14, 2014
61 years old


Date: Tuesday November 18, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Wednesday November 19, 2014
Time: 11:00 am

Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 5, 1953
Date of Death:
Friday, November 14, 2014
61 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Sunday, April 5, 1953
Date of Death:
Friday, November 14, 2014
61 years old

Paul Howard Mainz

Paul H. Mainz Obituary

The funeral for Paul Howard Mainz will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rochester officiated by Pastor Carl-Eric Gentes. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00- 8:00 PM Tuesday, November 18th in the River Park Chapel, Macken Funeral Home, Rochester and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Paul Mainz, age 61, died peacefully at his home Friday, November 14, 2014 following a sudden cardiac event.

He was born April 5, 1953, at Watertown, Wisc. to Howard and Carol (Rollefson) Mainz. He grew up in Oconomowoc, Wisc. where he attended grade school and high school. He was a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. and sang in the St. Olaf Choir, at the time under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Jennings. He worked as a bus driver for Jefferson Bus Lines, and later moved to Rochester to manage the bus depot.

On May 14, 1988 he married Joleen Marie Hegland at Arendahl Lutheran Church in rural Peterson, Minn. The couple had previously met at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. In 1991 he partnered with his wife in the financial services business and subsequently provided tax preparation services.

Paul was an avid golfer, having golfed in 43 states. He took pride in having consecutively golfed the past 179 months. He also enjoyed playing tennis and was a proud shareholder of the Green Bay Packers. He was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rochester, serving in various capacities including musician, playwright and director. Much of his work was done under the name of his own production company, Seatadapants®.

Paul will be remembered by those who loved him as an unrelenting force for prodding talent from those around him.  His infectious enthusiasm was irresistible. He wrote and produced four Biblical melodramas at Good Shepherd Church, four dinner theatre productions, and for four years directed a community wide interfaith musical production of The Promise, a play about the life of Christ.

Paul was well-grounded and a visionary. Always funny, yet sincere, Paul usually had a joke to share. He was always planning the next event. Paul loved to travel with his family, carving out special trips with each of them, and was known as the “human GPS” for his superior navigation skills. He was devoted to his wife and loved his children and grandchild deeply.

He is survived by his wife, Joleen; his daughter, Elizabeth Anne (Andrew LaFave) Mainz of Ventura, Calif.; his two sons, Erik Paul Mainz of Minneapolis and Elliot Paul Mainz of Rochester; his grandson, Patrick Steven LaFave; his two sisters, Sharyll (Phillip) Smith of St. Louis Park, Minn. and Diane (Alan) Amans of Amery, Wisc., along with several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

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The family of Paul Howard Mainz has received the following condolences.

We are so sorry to hear about Paul. Arms around you all. Jaye and Bob


Holt and I are sad to learn of your loss.  Please accept our sincere condolences to you and the Hegland-Mainz family.  We will be praying for your comfort and peace during this difficult time.


Shary Evans and Holt Fogarty

Curian Capital

My condolences to Joleen and family.

Steve Prigge

To Paul's family from the Toogood family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

We have many fond memories of Paul from "The Promise", and other events as well.

For myself: I loved Paul's sense of humor, and will never forget being with him during choir at Bethel and the fun we had singing the high parts as we sat behind the sopranos and altos during practice and also on Sunday mornings. 

Tammie and I were thankful to have Paul sing at our wedding. 

May Paul's memory always live on in all of our hearts.

Paul -  Rest in Peace with Christ.

We hear you singing and joking with others who have gone home to be with Christ.  Say hello to Millard Strand and the gang.



Joleen, we are so very sorry for your loss, and extend our heartfelt sympathy.  John and Dot Sprenger

Dear Joleen , God Bless you and your family . We wish you the best for you  during this difficult time. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family. We pray that God watches over you and guides you . - Peace -   Jim, Matt, and Desiree Strom

Joleen, Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family!


Joleen and family-I'm so very sorry to hear about Paul. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this very hard time. Paul was such a great guy, always had a smile and a helping hand. Spent many hours working with him on the Mayo High School booster club and really enjoyed working with him. Take care, my prayers Meg

We sang with Paul in the choir at Good Shepherd for a time.  Paul was a delight to everyone with his positive attitude and his happiness permeated everyone around him.  Our prayers will be with all of you.....prayers for comfort and strength.  With our deepest affection, Dave and Carol Olson

My sincere sympathy  We know he is now with the Lord and is so happy     please take care Jane Bruce and Barb Johnson

Joleen, I was shocked and saddened to read of Paul's sudden death. I so enjoyed our chats when he picked up and dropped off my tax reports. He always had a cheerful story or two to share. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God's love will support you through these next difficult months.

Nancy Silvernail

Joleen and family,

I'm so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathryn (Dr. Legier's)

Jolene... I was sorry to hear about your husband.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. 

I was deeply saddened by the news of Paul's passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.


My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the sudden loss of your husband and family member.  May the support of your faith, family and friends comfort you at this difficult time.  Elaine Farkas. Chesterfield MO

To Paul's family, We were so saddened and shocked by the death of Paul. He was always so much fun to be around. He had the best sense of humor and usually had a story and was always ready to share a laugh with everyone he met. I know you all have many great memories of him and keep them close to your heart.


Merlin and Darnell Dunham

Paul touched so many people, he made us all laugh, he made us all better, especially those of us at GSC congregation. I will miss the spur of the moment projects, his personality, and his sense of humor, that was infectious to us all. What a great loss to family, friends and the people of GSC.

Hmmm, melodramas & dinner theater in Heaven. Yep, he can do that too!

Moving on to the Final Act, Paul, you will be missed by many, remembered & loved by all.

God bless,


Joleen, I am so sorry for your loss. 

Richard Brownell

Joleen and family,

Words cannot express my thoughts.  So hard to say just about anything, but know I/we are hear for you all!  Paul was such a wonderful man and we're all better people because we were touched by his kindness.

My sincere sympathy to the entire family on the loss of Paul.  He was a really great guy and I always enjoyed visiting with him.  I know you will miss him dearly.  Remember all the good time you had together.  God's blessings to each of you.

Jolene and family,

My heart aches for you and your family.  Paul's spirit will live on in the lives of many!  Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

Lee Ann

Joleen and Family ~

So sorry to hear of your loss.  You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Joleen, we were shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden loss of Paul.  We can't imagine the hurt and loss that you and your kids must be feeling.  Paul was such a wonderful and thoughtful person.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Kyle, Janet, Jordan and Rachel Rosedahl

Diane and thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. 

I am so sorry for your loss.  Paul was an awesome tennis sub in our Thursday afternoon tennis group.  We will all miss his joyful spirit, big smile, and those crazy spins he loved to put on the ball.  He was always ready to play and always smiling...never seemed to be having a bad day.  Truly an amazing person!

We are all going to miss you Paul.  You have reminded us that tomorrow is not guaranteed and live Life for today.  I think you were very good at that.  I can remember you running the Twin Cities Marathon, Seeing you in Plays, You and Joleen getting married.  So many great times with the kids.  Thanks for all those great memories and I know heaven is a little bit more fun now that you have passed through the Gates!  God's speed!  Say Hi to your Mom and Dad for me!!  I think of them often too and know Howard has a Big smile on his face to see you again!!

Words cannot describe the loss everyone who knew Paul feels, he was one of a kind.  Jolene, Erik, Elliot, Liz, and family, our thoughts, prayers, love and support are being sent from Rainbow School.  I am personally going to miss his Friday visits to Rainbow School trying to speak his broken Spanish to us and all of the preschoolers saying 'Hola' to Mr. Paul.  

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family is in my prayers.