James E. "Jim" Schuetz

James E. "Jim" Schuetz of Slinger was born to eternal rest on Saturday, July 8, 2006 at his residence at the age of 62.

He was born on Aug. 14, 1943 in Hartford to Clemmence and Harriet (nee Schaff) Schuetz and raised in the town of Polk.

He was a graduate of Slinger High School with the Class of 1962 and went on to further his education at Milwaukee Area Technical College, receiving a degree.

Jim proudly served his country during the Vietnam Era with the U.S. Army. He was employed for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a construction project leader for over 37 years.

On Feb. 5, 1972, he pledged his love to Mary Ellen Palmer and they were married at Immaculate Heart of Mary in West Allis.

The couple resided in the town of Polk and started a family of their own. Jim cherished every moment he spent with his wife and children, which he always considered a blessing.

He loved to garden and tend to his flowers, run daily and in nationwide marathons, but most of all collecting antiques was a passion in his life that could compare to none.

He was a member of St. Peterís Catholic Church of Slinger and very active in many various antique clubs in the area.

Jim will be deeply missed by his soul mate and best friend, Mary Ellen of Slinger. He was the cherished father of David (Leanne) of St. Michael, Minn., Dan of Louisville, Colo., Ann Marie Schuetz of Kirkwood, Mo., and Mary Beth Schuetz of Louisville, Colo. He was the dear brother of Mike (Mary) Schuetz of Slinger. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at St. Peterís Catholic Church in Slinger, with Father Richard J. Stoffel officiating.

Interment followed at Cedar Creek Cemetery in the town of Polk.

Visitation was on Wednesday at the church prior to the service.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation for memorials designated in honor of Jim, to Annís Hope Foundation (melanoma cancer research), PO Box 376, Hartland, WI 53029, in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to extend a special "Thank You" for the care given by Horizon Home Care and Hospice and a grateful and truly appreciated "Thank You" to the "Family" of Staff at Friess Lake School for all their support, concern and compassion given to the family during this trying time.

Phillip Funeral Home in Slinger assisted the family.