James A. “Jim” Rudnicki, age 84, of St. Bonifacius, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Minnetrista.
He was born May 5, 1930, in Morris, the son of Frank and Effie (Troachman) Rudnicki.
Jim was united in marriage to Jeanne Thurk Sept. 15, 1951, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius. The couple was married for 53 years when Jeanne passed away in 2005.
Jim was inducted in the United States Army March 20, 1951, where he reached the rank of sergeant. He received his honorable discharge March 19, 1953, at Camp San Luis in Obispo, CA.
An avid sportsman, Jim loved to fish and hunt. His favorite annual trip was the Rainy Lake fishing trip. For 60 consecutive years, he shared this trip with his friends, family, children and grandchildren. He often went up north to the farm, where he would spend his time clearing trails with his tractor.
Jim was an active community member. Throughout the years, he had belonged to the Lions, Rotary, and American Legion, and had served on the St. Bonifacius City Council.
Jim was very proud of his four daughters. He will be remembered for being an awesome grandfather and great-grandfather and friend. He had a huge heart and always would lend a helping hand.
Jim worked hard and played hard. You could see in his smile how much he loved life.
In addition to his wife, Jeanne, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Effie Rudnicki; and brother-in-law Kenneth Brooks Sr.
Jim is survived by his loving family: daughters Andrea (John) McDaniel of Minnetrista, Julie (David) Willcox of Delano, Lisa (Ron) Froehling of Minnetrista, and Jill Abrams and friend Brian Weinzierl of St. Bonifacius; grandchildren Jaime (Bethany) Mackenthun, Jessa (Mitch) Theis, Leah Froehling, Shana Froehling, Jimmy Froehling and friend Katie Jacobsen, Adam Abrams, and Austin Abrams; and great-grandchildren Madelyn and Dylan Mackenthun, and Jackson and Myles Theis.
He is further survived by sisters Betty (Art) Ehalt of Waconia, Joan Brooks of Mound, and Kay and Karl Lepping of Big Lake; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Mary Ann and Robert Mullally of Onalaska, WI, and Donn and Pat Thurk of St. Bonifacius; best friends Arlene Logelin and Tony Ebert; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius with Father Joseph-Quoc T. Vuong as celebrant. There was a gathering of family and friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass at the church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.