The Rev. James A. Strupp, 77
July 14, 1940 — Aug. 30, 2017

The Rev. James A. Strupp, 77 The Rev. James A. Strupp of West Bend died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital at the age of 77. He was born July 14, 1940, in Fond du Lac to the late Raymond and Colette (nee Thill) Strupp.

He attended and graduated from Holy Angels Grade School. After graduating from West Bend High School with the Class of 1958, he began his priestly formation at St. Francis Minor Seminary. He completed his studies at St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary during the period of 1960-1967.

On May 20, 1967, he was ordained to the Priesthood by Archbishop William E. Cousins at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee. Fr. Strupp celebrated his first mass May 21, 1967, at Immaculate Conception Church in Saukville. His first appointment was as curate to serve Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Milwaukee. He later went on to serve as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Menomonee Falls, Holy Redeemer Parish in Milwaukee and St. Francis Borgia Parish in Cedarburg. On Nov. 28, 1978, he was released for studies in clinical pastoral education, and on March 27, 1979, he was appointed director of chaplain services for St. Joseph’s Community Hospital in West Bend. For many years, he served as a chaplain for West Bend area health care facilities, retiring from active ministry Oct. 31, 1992. He was a member of the Fr. Casper Rehrl Knights of Columbus Council 1964, Our Lady of Holy Hill Assembly 1677 Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Washington County Ministerial Association, National Association of Catholic Chaplains, Apostolate of Suffering and was a co-founder and executive officer of Friends for Life Inc.

He is survived by many cousins and their families, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond, on March 11, 1988, and his mother, Coletta, on Aug. 24, 2008.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at Holy Angels Catholic Church with the Most Rev. Jeffrey Haines presiding. He will be buried alongside his parents in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington. Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 8-10:45 a.m. There will be a reception following Mass in the church hall.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at