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James DREXLER Obituary
Beloved Husband, Father (Daddy) Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Brother Age 87 of Inver Grove Heights and Emily, MN. Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on May 6th, 2014. Jim lost his wife Rosalie in 2008 after (in his words); "56 years of the best of times". He was also preceded in death by his parents, 5 brother & sisters. Survived by his loving children, Peggy (John) Pavelka, Paul (Cheryl), Ann (Mark) Pivec, Becky (Jeff) Jackson & John (Trish); brother, Ralph (Ruth); 6 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; plus many nieces, nephews, dear friends and former students. Jim served in the US Navy in WWII. Following his service he graduated from Lourdes High School. He then worked as a radio announcer in NE, WI and MN and then returned to college at the University of Minnesota Mankato and St. Thomas to become a Language Arts teacher and counselor. He spent 30 years as an educator in Trimont, Waseca and Inver Grove, retiring as Dean of Students at Simley High School in 1985. The passion of Jim's career was helping his students and he always strove to support each one to become their own special person. He felt blessed with the opportunity to teach so many, and to the end he worried about those he could not reach. He was among the founding staff members of Simley HS. Jim was a charter member of the Inver Grove Heights Lions Club, and was active in American Legion, Knights of Columbus and St. Patrick's Catholic Church. In retirement Jim and Rosalie built a lake home in Emily, MN which he called his "happy place", and they wintered in Sun City, AZ for many years. Jim returned to radio for a few years in Brainerd and stayed active in several civic groups in Emily, until they returned to Inver Grove in 2006. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Saturday, May 10th, at the Church of St. Patrick, 3535 72nd St., Inver Grove Heights. Visitation 4-7 PM Friday at Roberts Funeral Home, 8108 Barbara Ave., IGH. Also one hour prior to Mass at church. Interment St. Patrick's Church Cemetery. The family plans to establish a memorial scholarship @ Simley HS, financial gifts will be added to this fund. Special thanks to Jerry & Erin of Allina Hospice for their special care. www.robertsfuneralandcremation.com
Published in Pioneer Press on May 8, 2014
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