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James Eldon “Jim” Hirsch

James Eldon “Jim” Hirsch, age 49 of Howard Lake, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2005 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.

Jim was born April 14, 1956 in Buffalo, the son of Eldon and Della (Yager) Hirsch. He was a graduate of Howard Lake High School, class of 1974.

Jim was united in marriage to Julene “Julie” Vetsch Nov. 14, 1975.

He owned and operated Jim Hirsch & Sons Construction in Howard Lake.

Jim enjoyed snowmobiling, his collector cars, boating, hunting, fishing, relaxing at the cabin, and spending quality time with his family, especially his grandsons.

He is survived by his wife, Julene “Julie” Hirsch of Howard Lake; children, Julisa (Jason) Fjeldahl of New Prague, Jennifer (Kris Brose) Hirsch of Loveland, Colo., Justin (Jamie Hussman) Hirsch, and Jordan (Courtnie Braatz) Hirsch, all of Howard Lake; and grandsons Bryce Brose and Jaxon Fjeldahl.

Jim is further survived by his parents, Eldon and Della Hirsch of Howard Lake; siblings Kathleen (Rick) Marschel of Maple Lake, Lyle (Mary) Hirsch of Howard Lake, and Cindy (Ronnie) Grangroth of Waverly; mother-in-law Joan (Matt) Tholkes of Buffalo; brothers-in-law Brian (Marilyn) Vetsch of Monticello, Bruce (Bonnie) Vetsch of Elk River, Bill (Pat) Vetsch of St. Michael, and Kevin (Teri) Vetsch of Cokato; sister-in-law Brenda (Curt) Steurer of Elk River; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Elsie Hirsch, and Leo and Catherine Yager; father-in-law Lloyd Vetsch; and brother-in-law Keith Vetsch.

Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly.

Visitation took place at the church Monday, Jan. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m.; and continued Tuesday for one hour prior to the Mass.

Casket bearers were Robert Berg, Clarence Marketon, Bill Vetsch, Kevin Vetsch, Jay Hirsch, and Doug Bernick.

Honorary pallbearers were Lyle Hirsch, Cindy Grangroth, Tom DeMarais, Marlon Weber, Leonard Grangroth, Brian Vetsch, Bruce Vetsch, and Brenda Steurer.

The Chilson Funeral Home of Winsted served the family.

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