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.