James W. "Jim" OíConnor
A funeral Service was held Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at 2 p.m. at
Mueller Funeral Home, Cedarburg, for James W. "Jim" OíConnor, of
Cedarburg, who died on Oct. 7, 2011, at the age of 82 years.
Visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday from noon until
time of service. Interment Immanuel Cemetery. The Rev. Jay McDivitt
of Grace Lutheran Church, Thiensville, officiated. Memorials to
Grace Lutheran Church, Thiensville appreciated. Online condolences
may be sent by visiting www.muellerfuneralhome.com.
Jim was born in Milwaukee on April 9, 1929, to William J. and Emma
(nee Mathiesen) OíConnor. In high school he played trombone in the
band and was first chair second violin in the All Suburban Orchestra.
Jim and his mother used to play duets. He met his future bride, Ruth
Gesell, during their college years in Milwaukee.
Jim served his country in the Air Force for four years during the
early 1950s where he was a cost analyst. He was stationed in London
for three of those years. Jimís last rank was Master Sargent. While
in London, he and Ruth Gesell were married on Aug. 19, 1952, with a
base chaplain doing the honors.
Jim loved fishing, especially for muskies which he never was able to
catch. He tied his own flies, enjoyed bait casting and spin casting.
Jimís favorite places to fish were the inland lakes and McKinley
Marina. He also enjoyed golfing, which he and Ruth played a lot.
Jim is survived by his children Sheila OíConnor Contresceri, Scott
OíConnor, Sally (John) Kelm and Sara OíConnor Penkwitz; grandchildren
Rebecca (Austin), Jason, Andrea, Brittany, Heather, Danielle, Sara,
Zachary and Mikayla; great-grandchildren Landon, Kaiden, Devin,
Bryce, Melanie, Breona, Cassidy, Huntyr and Emily; sisters-in-law
Phyllis Kirchner, Nancy (Bill) Spaltholz and Sandy Gunderson; other
relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth.
The family wishes to extend their deep thanks to the staffs of both
VITAS Hospice and Lasata Crossings.