James E. Jahnz

March 3, 1939 - Jan. 18, 2009

James E. Jahnz of Neosho passed away at his home Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at age 69. He was born March 3, 1939, in the township of Ashippun, the son of August W. and Frances (nee Heintz) Jahnz.

He was a 1957 graduate of Hartford Union High School. After high school, he attended Mayville Teacher School, and after teacherís college, taught at the Merton grade school. His next teaching assignment was at Dousman Grade School, where he taught for 28 years. He was noted for his science classes. James served as president of the Kettle Moraine School District for six years. He served as the chairman for town of Ashippun for six years and on the Dodge County Board for four years. He was a lifetime member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church of Ashippun, where he served and held many church positions. James loved to garden, and as a hobby, had a greenhouse where he raised flowers, vegetables and many types of lilies. He enjoyed traveling and toured many foreign countries.

James was preceded in death by his nephew, Dean Jahnz.

He is survived by his brothers, Jerome of Woodland and Harry of Wild Rose; his nieces and nephews, Randall Jahnz of Wisconsin Rapids, Terri (Gary) Weber of Chilton, Steven Jahnz of Adams, Ronda (Kenneth) Bamberg of South Carolina, Andrea (Michael) Bertotto of Chilton and Bobbi (Jeffrey) Craig of Prairie du Sac; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church of Ashippun, N1245 St. Johnís Way, Ashippun. Visitation continues from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Jan. 31, at the church. The Rev. Gary W. Tillmann will officiate. Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials to the American Heart Association or St. Johnís Lutheran Church would be appreciated.

Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home of Hartford is serving the family.For more information, call 673-4700 or visit online at