James Nisser

Saint Louis Park, Minnesota


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Nisser, James "Jimmy" age 65, of St. Louis Park, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. Preceded in death by parents, Peter & Hazel Nisser; sister, Nancy Kendall. Survived by sister, Carol (Dick) Hays, Denver, CO; brother-in-law, Cal Kendall, Manchester, WA; nieces, Sharon (Tim) Dillon, Ft. Collins, CO, Diane (Tony) Morrissey, Aurora, CO, and Amy (David) Shock, Australia; nephew, Mark Kendall, Portland, OR; great nephew and niece, Ryan and Maggie Dillon; many other friends and family. Memorial service 11 am Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Wooddale Lutheran Church, 4003 Wooddale Ave, St. Louis Park. Private interment. Visitation 4 to 7 pm Tuesday and again one hour prior to the service Wed., ALL AT THE CHURCH. Memorials preferred to the church or to donor's choice. Gearty Delmore Park 952-926-1615
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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My brother Alan advised me this past week of James death...to say the least I am absolutely devasted! I grew up the Nisser's living less than 1/2 block away from them...the entire family was very very special to us all. My deepest condolences to you Carol and family

Bruce Colliander
Georgetown, TX 78633

my earliest memory of my cousin jimmy: he carried with him (always) his favorite toys. A huge brown paper grocery bag of the small tootsie toy cars, (I'm sure his mother, my aunt hazel had to pick them up many times & there were hundreds!) out of these he would allow me (3-4 yrs old) the wonderful privilege of choosing 5 cars to play with of which I could keep 2! I still have them somewhere because I'm a saver. I did not get to see jimmy again (we are on the west coast) until I was...

I had the honor of meeting James on a Twins Fan in the Stands tour. He was such a sweet man and WOW what a Twins fan! James made a lasting impression on me. I even have a picture of the 2 of us from that trip that I'll treasure

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jimmy Nisser. I have lived across the street from Jimmy for the past 24 years. He was a model neighbor, always took pride in his home and yard, was always there to help his neighbors if they needed it, and always had a kind word to say and a cheerful smile on his face. I will truly miss seeing and talking to him and having him is my neighbor.

I grew up on Kipling Av a few houses south of Jimmy. I haven't seen him for years, but remember him well. Jimmy had a big heart and a kind soul. The neibhorhood had, like many in the 50's & 60's, many kids who played together all day long. Jimmy was one of us and a good friend. The world was a better place because of him.

I worked at the Minikahda Club for the summer of 2008. I mainly worked the afternoon/evening shifts. Everyday I waved at Jimmy while he rode past and he waved back. Waving always along with a bright smile.

I knew him all my life. I will always remember Saturday Nights at Elko Speedway with Jimmy, my dad (Jim Bennek), and my older sister (Sarah). Also all the New Year's Eve get togethers held at my house will always be remembered. Jimmy will always be held close to my heart.

Sept. 22, 2008
For many years in the 60's and 70's, I bowled on the same team with Jim's Mother, Hazel. Each year, Hazel had a Christmas party for the team at her home on Kipling. I remember Jim cheerfully helping his Mother serving the meal, clearing the table and washing the dishes. Tonight watching television I saw the report of the tragic accident that took Jim's life.
My sincere condolences to the family. Ruth Spolar

My sincere sorrow Carol and your family on the tragic loss of your brother!! I had heard about it via the news on the radio minutes before his Memorial service. God Bless you all and all of Jim's nieces & nephews and friends!! What a truly Godly man!! ALWAYS a smile on his face, even when I saw him riding his bike! You all were very special in our family's lives! When my Mother was alive, I KNOW that it was pure joy when she would pick him up for church, etc.!!!! And, I was honored...

While I never had the pleasure of meeting Jimmy Nisser, those who did have painted a wonderful picture of a kind, caring and compassionate man who deserved a better fate than he received last week. All of us at the Minnesota Twins are saddened that one of our team's great fans is no longer with us. The world needs more people like Jimmy Nisser.

Patrick Klinger
Vice-President, Marketing
Minnesota Twins Baseball Club