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James Peter Williams

James Peter Williams, age 85, of Winsted, died Thursday, April 27, 2006 at St. Mary’s Care Center.

He was born Dec. 26, 1920 in Waconia, the son of Henry J. and Anna Weibel Willems.

James and Virginia Lois “Jenny” Williams were joined in holy marriage April 11, 1945 at the base chapel of Camp McCoy, Wis. God blessed their marriage with six children.

Jim was formerly employed as a bartender at The Corner Bar and at The Blue Note, both in Winsted.

He enjoyed fishing and golfing.

Jim was a faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. He belonged to Winsted American Legion Post 407 for more than 50 years. Jim also served on the Winsted Fire Department for 34 years.

Jim is survived by his loving children: Kathy Marie Williams of Virginia, Karen Ann Williams of Washington, Charlotte Virginia (Ed) Massengale of Georgia, Carol Jean Williams of Nebraska, Ronald James (Roylene) Williams of Brownton, and Robin Mary Williams (fiancé Jack Swenson) of Shorewood; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister, Raymond (Vernie) Willems, and Art “Archie” (Julie) Willems, all of Waconia, and Rosemary (Jerome) Vanderlinde of St. Bonifacius; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Lois “Jenny” Williams on Feb. 16, 1999; parents Henry J. and Anna Willems; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Sarah “Tillie” Brown.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Paul L. Wolf was the celebrant, and Alice Nowak was the organist for the funeral Mass.Interment with military rites followed in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Friends called Monday, May 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A prayer service took place at 5 p.m., and an American Legion Ritual was performed at 7:30 p.m.

Casket bearers were Jason Williams, Shelby Williams, Chris Bulau, Jack Swenson, Mark Wendlandt, and Corey Kegler.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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