James Pawelk

James Pawelk

James H. Jim Pawelk, age 79, of New Germany, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at the Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Funeral Service was 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church (17725 – 53rd St., New Germany) of Hollywood Township with Rev. Dean Mahlum as officiant. Visitation was 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 with a 7 p.m. Prayer Service at the Johnson Funeral Home (141 E. First St.) in Waconia. Visitation also Sunday one half hour prior to the service at the church. Interment in St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery. Military Honors provided by the Glencoe American Legion Post 95.
Casket bearers Vaughn Kuerschner, Dawn Kuerschner, Timothy Kuerschner, Joel Kuerschner, Diane Mackenthun, Patty Mackenthun, James Zabel. Honorary Casket Bearers Benjamin Stahlke, Amanda Stahlke, Shauntel Stahlke.
James Herbert Pawelk was born Oct. 7, 1934 in Camden Township of Carver County the son of Herbert and Erna (Goethke) Pawelk. Jim was baptized Nov. 4, 1934 at the St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany by Rev. Rolf. Jim was confirmed in the faith on March 21, 1948 at St. Mark Lutheran Church by Rev. Meyer. His confirmation verse was Proverbs 23, 26. On Dec. 27, 1959 Jim was united in marriage with Lois M. Mackenthun at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg by Rev. Wohlfeil.
Jim was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He was inducted on Sept. 4, 1957 and served until his Honorable Discharge on Feb. 20, 1959. He served as a radio teletype operator.
Dad, there are so many ways to describe your life, lets begin with your faith in the Lord. You always trusted the Lord for guidance over the years and found comfort in His word. As you grew older your faith grew stronger. You always had your Bible and Portal of Prayers near you. You taught us and showed us to have the same trust and faith in the Lord and we thank you for that. Following high school you served in the U.S. Army, through life you continued your respect for this country and for what the American flag stands for. Your request was for a military funeral, we have honored your wishes the way you honored us by serving your country. You worked for JR Clark as well as farming part time, which eventually led to full time farming until 1982. After farming you worked for Super Valu. Following your retirement you had the opportunity to work for Windsong Golf Course a few hours a week. You truly loved your job tending to all the flowers and giving Scotty a hard time on what flowers should be planted the following year and how the barn might make a good place for a dance floor.
You enjoyed your travels with mom to Germany, Switzerland and Hawaii along with the yearly vacation to Lost Valley Resort to catch the big one!! There was always the annual deer hunting trip with your hunting buddies and family which you truly enjoyed. Your true passion was old tyme music, dancing and especially playing your horn with different bands. The dance floors are going to miss you. This past fall you celebrated 32 years of sobriety, we were so proud of you, through your faith you were able to achieve this by taking it one day at a time. You always enjoyed spending time with your family and especially with your grandchildren.
On New Years Day as you said good night to us and take care, we knew the Lord was calling you home and you were dancing your way to heaven. We thank you dad and grandpa for all things you taught us and the many memories you have given us all. We love you and will truly miss you.
Jim is preceded in death by his wife Lois; parents Herbert and Erna Pawelk; father-in-law and mother-in-law William and Wilhelmina Mackenthun; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Harold and Delores Mackenthun.
Jim is survived by his loving family: son Kevin Pawelk of New Germany; daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Stuart Stahlke of Plato; grandchildren Benjamin and Amanda Stahlke of Plato; Shauntel Stahlke of Plato; sister and brother-in-law Valeria and Vernon Kuerschner of Elmhurst, Ill.; and his buddy Cricket the cat; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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