Father James Challancin

ISHPEMING – Father James Challancin, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ishpeming, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.

Father was born Sept. 16, 1941, in Crystal Falls to Paul and Rose (Stefani) Challancin.

Father is survived by five cousins, Theresa Cristan, Charlotte Bloom, Betty DeSmit, Sharon Balius (Lou) and Marion Erikson (John); and several second generation cousins, beginning with Steffie, David (Mary Jo), and Debbie DeSmit, Jeff, Jill, and Jerry Stafani, and Kim, John, Beth and Jim Erickson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edward.

Fr. Jim will be received at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ishpeming where visitation will be held until 8 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. A Parish Wake Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Friday at the church with Archbishop Alexander K. Sample as celebrant, Deacon Steve Schaffer assisting, and priests of the Diocese of Marquette to concelebrate.

At Father’s request no flowers, he wishes donations to the St. John’s Medical Center in Matamba, Tanzania. Donations may be made through St. Joseph Church.

Fr. Jim’s obituary may be viewed at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.