Armin G. "Jim" Friedli

Armin G. "Jim" Friedli, 79, of Oconomowoc died Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at AngelsGrace Hospice. He was born Jan. 10, 1927 to Gottfried J. and Ella (nee Willert) Friedli in Neosho. On June 18, 1949 he was united in marriage with Betty Jane Wendt at St. Matthew's Ev. Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc. He worked for the city of Oconomowoc for 46 years as an office clerk in the city engineer’s office. Armin served his country in WWII with the U.S. Army in the Philippines and Japan. He was a member of VFW Post 2260 and American Legion Post 91 in Oconomowoc. Armin attended Neosho grade school, Hartford High School and started college before joining the armed forces. Armin grew up in Neosho working in his father’s cheese factory. He was a member of the Neosho baseball team and played football at Hartford High School. He enjoyed family and friends and spending time at their cabin near Mauston and camping and vacationing in upper Wisconsin. He enjoyed fishing, Sheepshead, gardening and working outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Gary (Shari Elmer) of Watertown, Michael (friend, Tina) of Stream-wood, Ill., and Brian of Oconomowoc; sisters, Margaret Wolf of Burlington and Rose Marie Murray of Muskego; sister-in-law Helen Friedli of San Antonio, and brother-in-law, Franklin (Sharon) Wendt of Salmon, Idaho. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gottfried and Wallace (Celia); sisters, Gertrude (Henry) Pagenkopf and Dorothy (Frank) Unertl; brothers-in-law, Lee Wolf and Joe Murray; and sister-in-law Phyllis (Don) Sildey.

The funeral service was Saturday, July 22, 2006 at St. Matthew’s, with Rev. Kent Schroeder officiating. Visitation was on Friday, July 21, 2006 and on Saturday at the church prior to the service. Burial was at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.

Memorials appreciated to the St. Matthew’s Building Fund or AngelsGrace Hospice.

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff who took care of Armin at Shorehaven Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, Heartland Health Care and Angels-Grace Hospice. Thanks for the wonderful care with love and compassion. We will always be grateful, May God bless each of you.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home in Oconomowoc assisted the family.