The Free Press, Mankato, MN


May 4, 2014

James Pfarr

James Pfarr

   James Pfarr, age 76 of Le Sueur, died Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Le Sueur Assisted Living.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10:30 a.m at St Anne's Church in Le Sueur.  Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Le Sueur.  Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014 with a 7:45 p.m. Knights of Columbus Rosary at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur, MN. The visitation will continue from 8 until 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

   James was born on September 7, 1937 in Rush River to Frank and Ann (Nussbaumer) Pfarr.  He attended Rush River country school and graduated from Le Sueur High School in 1955.  Jim married Bonnie Tuma on February 4, 1961 at St. Anne's Church in Le Sueur.  He was proud to be a 4th generation farmer on their Kelso Township, Sibley County Century farm.  He was also a rural mail carrier.  Jim served on the Le Sueur School Board and also served as a township clerk.  He was passionate about 4-H and particularly the swine project where he served as a leader for 30 years. One of the highlights of the year was the 4-H swine show at the Sibley County Fair.  Jim loved sports and played softball into his sixties and volunteered as an umpire.  He was devoted to St. Anne's Church and school and was active in S.A.M.S., Patrons of St. Anne's and the Knights of Columbus. After his retirement Jim challenged himself to remain active while living with Parkinson's disease.  He continued to help on the farm where he could, garden, walk, spend time in the woods, hunt and read.  He particularly enjoyed mentoring and spending time with his grandchildren and attending their sporting events.

   The family extends a heartfelt thank you for the loving care provided to our Dad by the staff at Le Sueur Assisted Living and Mayo Health System Mankato Hospice.

   Jim is survived by his children, Debbie (Bob) Bauleke of Le Sueur, Dave (Robyn) Pfarr of Le Sueur, Dan (Julie Pinomaki) Pfarr of Minneapolis, Denise (Jerome) Schuft of Green Isle, MN, Duane (Mary Jo) Pfarr of Columbia Hts, MN, Dawn Pfarr of Quito, Ecuador DeeAnna "D.J." (Greg) Novak of Le Sueur and Donna Pfarr of Robbinsdale, MN. Grandchildren, Michael Pfarr, Craig (Jamie) Bauleke, Amanda (Yvon) Carvalho, Rachael Bauleke, Matthew, Erin, Brett & Christopher Pfarr, Leo, James & Anton Pfarr, Erik & Michaela Schuft, Hunter, Hazel & Hailey Pfarr, Andrea Spry, Amaya Shavers-Spry, Dylan, Lily, Ivy Novak, & Indigo Pfarr. Great Grandchildren, Stella & Evan Bauleke, Isabel &Vivian Carvalho. Siblings,  Mary (Don) Felmlee of Red Wing, Rita (Pat) Hix of St. Peter, Monica (Ray) Bratsch of Tryon, NC,  and LeRoy (Diane) Pfarr of Le Sueur Sister-in-law Ronahda (Jerry) Mootz.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bonnie and sister-in-law Connie and her husband Darv Brandt.


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