James ‘Jim’ A. Byrne
June 13, 1923 – Dec. 7, 2013
James “Jim” A. Byrne of Waukesha died at the age of 90, at the home he built on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in New Berlin on June 13, 1923, the son of George Matthew and Isabel (nee Biwer) Byrne. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II on the USS Piedmont. On May 29, 1948, he married Elizabeth Yopps; she preceded him in death on Dec. 6, 2008. Jim worked for Allis Chalmers retiring in 1982. Following retirement, he worked as a crossing guard for 18 years at the intersection of Oakland and Arcadian avenues and also worked for Bauer Bros. Produce. Jim was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and served as an usher. He was one of the two remaining charter members of the Hoeppner-Horn Bros VFW Post 5716 in New Berlin. Jim enjoyed gardening, woodworking and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He was an avid Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers fan and loved fishing and spending time at his cottage up north. Most of all, he enjoyed being with his family.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Michael Byrne of Mukwonago, Patricia Byrne, Stephen (Claudia) Byrne, Timothy (Roxanne) Byrne, Thomas Byrne, Kathleen (Fred) Gamez, Colleen (Steve) Bauer and Terrence (Christine) Byrne, all of Waukesha; his grandchildren, Emily Bauer of Waukesha, Eric, Lauren and Allison Byrne of Brookfield, Jeffrey (Angelique) Byrne of Waukesha, Andrew (Maureen) Byrne of Wauwatosa, Rebecca (Matthew) Freisleben of New Berlin, James and Suzanne Byrne of Waukesha, Gabrielle and Elise Gamez of Waukesha and Zachary Jaeger of Waukesha; and his great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Evan Freisleben, Camden and Hadley Byrne, Josephine and Myles Byrne and Connor Gamez. Jim is further survived by his sister, Margaret Farner of New Berlin; his sister-in-law, Lois Seidl; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard and Francis Byrne; a sister, Katherine; sisters- in-law, Eleanor (Howard) Ramstack, Evelyn (Edward) Krahn and Sally Byrne; his brothers-in-law, Conrad Farner and Roland Seidl; and his daughter-in-law, Laura Huebner Byrne.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Waukesha Memorial Hospital and to Pro-Health Home Care and Hospice for their care and kindness given to them and their father.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m., rosary service Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue on Thursday, Dec. 12, beginning with prayers at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. followed by a procession to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, for the 10 a.m. funeral Mass. Entombment with full military honors will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to St. Joseph Catholic Church (address above).
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.