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James "Jim" Johnston

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James "Jim" Johnston Notice
Johnston, James "Jim" Of Wauwatosa, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at his home in the arms of his loving family. Jim was born on July 27, 1935 in Milwaukee to Ruth and Jack Johnston. He graduated from Marquette University High School and Michigan State University, served as a Marine and married the love of his life, Cathleen "Cathy" Ann Zintek. He will be remembered and loved by his children James J. (Sarah) Johnston of Chicago, Mary C. (Aral) Johnston-Nen of Milwaukee, Jill A. (George) Perret of Green Bay, Matthew M. (fiancee Jill) of Malibu California, and Andrew C. (Jennifer) Johnston of Wauwatosa. He will also be remembered by 17 grandchildren: Eleanor Johnston, Elisabeth Johnston, Helen Johnston, Beatrice Johnston, Betty Nen, Ngaru James Nen, Aral Nen, Hannah Perret, Emily Perret, David Perret, Kaitlyn Perret, Grace Perret, Lucy Johnston, Sally Johnston, Daisy Johnston, Jack Johnston and Arlo James Johnston. He is further remembered by his brother, Robert (Margaret) Johnston and nieces and nephews in Milwaukee, California, Florida and Arizona. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sisters, Patricia Blanchette of Corona, CA. and Kathleen Grossman of Lompoc, CA. Jim's happiest moments involved his five children and seventeen grandchildren. The first glimmer of laughter from his grand babies was due to Jim's magical bond with each child. He created an idyllic world for his family that consisted of bonfires, storytelling, and unexpected adventures. As a young father, he taught his family to camp and travelled with them to many of our national parks. As a grandfather, he bought a northwoods cabin as a base camp for his grandchildren to fish, swim, catch toads and canoe. No child could resist his tall tales or warm smile. Jim felt a deep commitment to Christ King parish and took on multiple roles. He cheerfully volunteered to serve others and lead the Holy Name Chapter, called bingo, and cooked at many pancake breakfasts. As a scoutmaster, coach, and father he shaped the lives of his children and their peers. He was an exemplar of decency, dignity, responsibility and compassion. Visitation for family and friends to honor Jim's life on Sunday, February 9, from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the Harder Funeral Home. Friends may gather with the family Monday, February 10 at CHRIST KING CHURCH 2612 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa from 9:30 AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. Full military honors to follow. Interment will take place following Mass at St. Mary's Cemetery 2414 Hillside Rd., Richfield, WI at 1:30 PM followed by a reception for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Catholic Relief Services PO Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Feb. 4 to Feb. 7, 2014
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