James A. Kau

Feb. 10, 1958 - Sept. 19, 2009

James A. Kau, 51, of Palmyra, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, from a brain aneurysm. He was born Feb. 10, 1958, the son of Alvin and Dorothy (nee VonRueden) Kau.

Jim married Cherri (nee Layman) on June 21, 1986, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Eagle, where they were members. He was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Jim will be sadly missed by his wife, Cherri; children, Peter (Jamy) Merritt, Meagan (Evan) Loreti, Chelsea Kau and Kaylea Kau; mother, Dorothy Kau; grandchildren, Taylor, Noah, Bailey and Drew Merritt and Jaidan, Ava and Carson Loreti; siblings, Susan (Randy Zirk) Kau, Kenneth (Leslie) Kau, Gerard Kau, Patricia (William) Breitzman and Jean (Timothy) Reith. Jim is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Alvin; daughter, Jamie; and sisters, Kristine and Theresa.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the 7 p.m. prayer service Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Mealys Funeral Home, 103 W. Eagle St., Eagle. The funeral Mass for Jim will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 135 Waukesha Road, Eagle, with the Rev. Dennis Ackeret officiating.

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Mealy's Funeral Home in Eagle, 594-2442, is assisting the family