JAMES ALBERT "JIM" POINSATTE, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed on to eternal life on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. A World War II Army veteran, he served in the 551st battalion field artillery of 1st Army. He saw action in the Allied invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge and then remained stationed in Europe for a time after the war had ended. Jim was a charter member of St. Jude Catholic Church, a Knight of Columbus #451, and an ardent supporter of numerous educational and charitable institutions throughout the world including the United States, Europe, and Africa. He attended St. Jude Catholic School, Central Catholic High School, University of Notre Dame, University of Paris, and University of Chicago. He was an avid reader of history and world affairs from childhood to his final days on earth. A scholar of linguistics, he spoke English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian. A hardworking businessman, Jim was the owner of Tri City Automotive Warehouse Corporation. "He cherished his wife and family and had an unyielding faith in God." Many treasured family labors were dedicated to his avocation of growing conifer trees. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Maxine (Lapp) Poinsatte; children, Anne (Leonard) Wall, Eugene (Michelle) Poinsatte, Elaine (Joseph) Hilger, Kristine (John) Szczepanski, Denise (Randall) Sordelet, Karen (Richard) Trahin, Janet (Donald) Schipper, Rosemarie (Clyde) Nix, Philip (Patricia) Poinsatte, Richard Poinsatte, and Robert (Ellanor) Poinsatte; brother, Charles (Anne Marie) Poinsatte; 62 grandchildren; and more than 80 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Juanita Marie; and parents, Albert and Marie Poinsatte. Mass of Christian Burial is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at St. Jude Catholic Church, with calling one hour prior. Fr. Robert D'Souza and Fr. Mark Gurtner officiating. Calling also from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, and from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, with a Rosary service at 3:30 p.m., at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave. Preferred memorials to Mass intentions, St. Jude Catholic School, Bishop Dwenger High School, or The Women's Care Center. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.mccombandsons.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 29, 2013