James Kohl

NIAGARA, Wis. – James “Jim” Kohl, 88, formerly of Pembine, Wis., went to be with the Lord on Feb. 3, 2014, at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara, after a lengthy illness.

Jim was born March 10, 1925, near Colgate, Wis., only child to Bernard “Barney” and Rose Kohl. He grew up on his family dairy farm near Colgate, where he helped his parents with daily farm operations. He enjoyed trips “up north” to the family cottage near Pembine, especially in autumn when he could hunt ruffed grouse with his Cocker Spaniel “Sam.” In 1972, his parents sold their farm and moved the family into their new house near Pembine. Jim would care for his parents in the same home during their retirement years.

Jim was an active member of St. Margaret Catholic Church, with a strong faith demonstrated in his work as a janitor, in his gifts to help feed the poor and in his kind love for other people. He also was a member of the Pembine Fire Department for several years.

Jim is survived by an aunt, Jeannette Borlen of Clintonville, Wis.; several cousins; and by many others who were fortunate to be called his friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Pembine with Father Dan Zaloga officiating.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church on Friday.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.messarfuneralhome.com.

Family and friends wish to thank the staff at Maryhill for the excellent care given to Jim during his stay.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Karen’s

Food Pantry, St. Margaret Catholic Church in Pembine, or to the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Volunteer Fire Department.

The Messar-Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee, Wis. is assisting the family with arrangements.