James Ramsthal, 77 |
January 1, 1939 — August 21, 2016
James Ramsthal, 77, former president of Serigraph Sales and Manufacturing Co., passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, after a hard-fought battle with myelodysplastic syndrome.
He was born in West Bend on Jan. 1, 1939, to the late Alfred and Elsie Ramsthal, owners and founders of Serigraph. Jim lived and worked in the West Bend community his entire life. His kindness reached thousands of people in the community. He graduated from West Bend High School in 1957 and later attended Lakeland College. In 1960, he married Sandra Garbutt of Milwaukee. Together they raised two children, Beth Ann and Robert.
Jim spent his entire career at Serigraph, starting in sales and ending as president. He will be remembered for his leadership and tremendous work ethic. The printing company expanded rapidly during his career, growing to more than 1,200 employees. Jim loved the company and focused on the well-being of his employees. The Ramsthal family sold the company in 1987. After leaving Serigraph, Jim assisted his daughter, Beth Ann, with her retail shop “Beth’s” in downtown West Bend in the 1990s and early 2000s.
Jim was a longtime member of the West Bend Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing, delicious meals and great company. He also enjoyed fishing and showing dogs with his family. After he retired, he enjoyed extensive traveling with his family.
Later in life, he met Lori Anne Terese on Dec. 6, 2009, at the Poplar Inn. They were married Oct. 19, 2013. They honeymooned in the Holy Land with a church group led by the Rev. Nathan Reesman and the Rev. Pat Heppe and then enjoyed traveling to France, Italy, Kenya and regular trips to their vacation home in Vero Beach, Florida. Together they enjoyed bird watching, attending daily Mass and making frequent trips to watch their grandchildren play sports and sing in church. Jim led a life of astounding kindness, love and generosity that he shared with each person that his path crossed. Even up until the last of his days, he was always out searching for a way to share his gifts of kindness and gratitude. He showed us what it means to truly love in so many ways. He always left people and things better than he found them. He will be deeply missed and forever loved.
Jim leaves behind his two children, Beth Ann and Robert; his sister, Kathy and her loving caregivers Pat and Dale Poch; his cousin, Phillip Burck; his wife, Lori Anne; her three children Louisa (Tim), Maria and Jordan; two grandchildren, Treyton and Kaliyah; and other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra, in 2007; his parents; and an infant daughter, Linda.
Visitation for Jim will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Home (1315 W. Washington St., West Bend, WI 53095). Visitation will also be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church (1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) from 10-11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation Saturday at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Entombment will be in Washington County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim's name may be sent to St. John's Lutheran School in Watertown to be used toward the grandchildren's Christian education, or to St. Frances Cabrini.