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Great Falls —James "Jim" Obstarczyk, 67, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 1, 2014, after a long battle with MS.
Family and friends are invited to a viewing and celebration of Jim's life 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at O'Connor Funeral Home. There will be a burial of ashes at sea at Jim's request.
Jim was born in Great Falls on June 4, 1946 to John and Ellen Obstarczyk. After graduating from Central Catholic High School, Jim joined the Navy. He then worked 20 years for American President Lines as a purser. He sailed around the world three times. He was a kind, gentle and brave person as he met every challenge battling his MS.
He is survived by his sister Janet Gemar; aunts Genevieve Quilter and Phyllis Hemstad; and Don Thomas, his longtime caregiver and friend who took such good care of him.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jack.
Donations are suggested to National MS Society, PO Box 4527, New York NY 10163, nationalmssociety.org, or donor's choice.
Condolences may be left online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 4, 2014