James Ellsworth "Jim" Asmuth, Sr.
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James E. Asmuth, 92, Neenah, WI, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. He was born on June 13, 1920, Milwaukee, WI, son of Anton W. and Jane (Schumacher) Asmuth. Jim attended St. Robert's Grade School and Country Day High School in Shorewood, WI. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1942 and shortly thereafter joined the Navy, as a supply officer, stationed in Australia during World War II. Jim and his loving wife, Helen Kotrys, met during their service with the Navy and were united in marriage on October 22, 1945, in Cranston, RI, and she preceded him in death on July 31, 1984. Jim earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and began working at Wisconsin Tissue Mills, Menasha, WI, where he was employed for 37 years until his retirement as president in 1983.
After his retirement, Jim and Helen enrolled in the Green Bay Catholic Diocese Deaconate Program and was ordained a Deacon in 1987. Jim was a devoted member and Deacon of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Neenah.
Dad, Popsio, Jim, Grampee, Deacon, took great pleasure in many of the simple things in life: Duck hunting with twin brother Bob, playing Yahtzee or cribbage after dinner with his children and grandchildren, musky fishing at Boyds Mason Lake Resort in Fifield, WI, reading his daily devotion sitting on his deck at Hilton Head Island, SC, while watching the porpoises swim by, watching the cardinals on his bird feeders while reflecting at his home on Lake Winnebago, cheering on the Irish, either on TV or in South Bend, IN or just praying quietly during his daily visit to the adoration chapel.
Jim was especially proud of his involvement in the building of the Monastery of the Holy Name of Jesus for the Discalced Carmelite Nuns, Denmark, WI, the Twin Cities Perpetual Adoration Chapel, Neenah, the St. Joseph's Food Program, Menasha, and the National Retreat Movement.
Jim was involved in many community organizations and activities where he developed special friendships as a servant of God.
Jim is survived by his 7 children: James (Carolyn) Asmuth, Mary Ellyn Wroblewski, Peter (Coleen) Asmuth, David (Diane) Asmuth, Barbara (Henry Schultz) Asmuth, Thomas (Patricia) Asmuth, and Tracy (Dan) Oberbrunner; 20 grandchildren: Eloise (Michael), Kate (T. Michael), Tom (Kasey), John, Kate (fiancé Justin), Marian, Pete (fiancé Katie), Sarah (Burke), Kevin, Jacob, Hope, Patrick (Ashley), Meagan (special friend Michael), Michael, Shannon, Emily (fiancé Nick), Dan, Cece, Morgan, and Max; 6 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to his wife and parents, Jim is further preceded in death by three siblings: Anton W. "Bill" (Polly) Asmuth Jr., infant-triplet Stephen Asmuth, and triplet Robert "Bob" (Jeanne) Asmuth; and a sister-in-law: Barbara (Frank) Duffy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 Noon, Monday, February 25, 2013, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 620 Division St., Neenah, with The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, DD, JCL, as Celebrant and Homilist Fr. Charles Brooks. Visitation will take place at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated to the Monastery of the Holy Name of Jesus, 6100 Pepper Rd., Denmark, WI 54208.
Jim's family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Jack Anderson and his nursing staff at Encircle Health, ThedaCare at Home and Hospice, Valley VNA, and his home caregivers and special friends Lynn, Sara, and Paula for their wonderful care and compassion. Jim will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Feb. 22 to Feb. 25, 2013