James Aloysius Pastors, 78
Sept. 22, 1936 -- Aug. 19, 2015
James Aloysius Pastors passed away Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at The Kathy Hospice at the age of 78. Jim was born in West Bend on Sept. 22, 1936, to the late Roman and Marie (nee Matenaer) Pastors. Jim married Marian Francis Houk at St. Jerome Church in Oconomowoc on Nov. 13, 1965. Jim graduated from Holy Angels in 1951 and from St. Francis Seminary High School Milwaukee in 1955. For a year and a half he was with the Augustinian Relic Order in Racine and Nova Scotia, Canada. He was drafted into the military for four years in the Navy. He was stationed in Germany and New Port, Rhode Island.
Jim worked for the Gehl Co. for 40 years in the shipping department and was a member of the Hexel Bank Club. Jim enjoyed gardening, working on his fruit trees, coaching little league, traveling to holy shrines in the area with his family, a trip with Bishop Dolan to Rome, playing sheepshead, playing the accordion and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren. He taught CCD classes for several years at Holy Angels. He was a lector and Eucharistic Minister at Holy Angels and Cedar Community. He loved praying the rosary with family and parishioners, and helping out at the Holy Angels Adoration Chapel.
Jim is survived by his wife and four children, Maureen (Shawn) Gleesing and their children Elizabeth and Elleanora of Milwaukee, Louis (Jeni) Pastors and their children Jacob and Abby of Naperville, Illinois, the Rev. Jerome Pastors of Kaukauna, son, John Basil who died at birth, Francis (Kelly) Pastors and their children Reese and Cole of Wauwatosa; adopted priest the Rev. Joseph Sam of Ghana, West Africa; two Sisters, Charlene (John) Narance of Green Bay and Beth (Howard) Bartlett of Casselberry, Florida; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 9-10:45 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend (138 N. Eighth Ave) followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with his son, the Rev. Jerry Pastors, presiding.
Masses or memorials to your favorite Catholic charity are appreciated.
Jim was grateful to Marian, his wife, and his understanding family for their tireless care for him after his heart surgery. A special thank you to the staff and doctors at Hartford ICU, Samaritan and The Kathy Hospice.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at