James Bader

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Service Information
Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home - Midland
1200 W. Wheeler St
Midland, MI

James J. Bader, 89, of Midland, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Independence Village Assisted Living. He was born Sept. 28, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio to William Leo and Myra Lee Bader, the second youngest of 13 children. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1947 and attended John Carroll University in Cleveland until joining the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, serving four years from 1950-1954. Jim married the one and only love of his life Patricia Federici in Washington D.C. on Oct. 3, 1953. They were most proud parents of their five kind and loving children and their substantial accomplishments.

After service he worked in the plant and offices of the Dobeckmun Co., acquired by Dow in the late 50's. Dow transferred Jim to Midland in 1964 where he worked in a variety of sales and marketing positions in packaging and plastics, retiring as Dow's first senior product marketing manager in 1989.

Jim loved and played sports of all kinds, playing four years of varsity baseball at St. Ignatius High School, on championship class A sandlot teams in Cleveland, and with service teams in the D.C. area. Jim played senior softball into his 70s and tennis and golf into his 80s loving every minute of it. Alas, Jim was also a die-hard Cleveland Fan (Indians, Browns, Cavaliers). His motto: "Wait till next year." He was also very active at Blessed Sacrament Parish, through the years serving in many ministries, hospital visitation, funeral ministry, lecturing, rosary presider, and more. His favorite was singing in the music ensemble for over 40 years.

Jim was most proud of his wife and five children with fond memories of family fun and cooking at the cabin up north and at their various school activities.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Pat; five children, Maureen (Mike) Morgan of Monument Colo., David (Sue) Bader of Northville, Sue (Brian) Peterson of Whitney, TX, Theresa (Bill) Khan of Pinckney and Mike (Karen) Bader of Grand Haven. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Caitlin LeBoeuf, Eric Morgan, Patrick Morgan, Maddie LeBoeuf, Ian Palmieri, Connor Palmieri, Andrea Langston, Christina Geurkink, Stephanie Geurkink and Andrew Geurkink; and one great-granddaughter, Emilia Langston.

The funeral Liturgy will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 3609 Swede Ave. Fr. Kevin Maksym will officiate with the rite of committal to follow in New Calvary Mausoleum. Jim's family will receive friends at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the Liturgy. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Capuchin Soup Kitchen of Detroit, Open Door of Midland or Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Published in Midland Daily News on Mar. 20, 2019
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