Pastor James L. Wilch
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Waukesha, WI 53186
Pastor James L. Wilch

Waukesha, WI - If you've been blessed to have known Pastor Wilch, then you've recognized the remarkable man he was and will not require a published acclamation of his life's accomplishments.

Family, Friends, St. Mark's Church, the Waukesha community and beyond has lost a Soldier of God who has devoted, through a life-long, journey with his wife, a selfless commitment to provide happiness, love, faith, hope and humor to all.

Pastor, Junx, Jim, Gampy, Dad, you are loved dearly and will be profoundly missed here on earth but know your work will endure at the side of the Lord. We will reunite one day to continue the journey with you. Olive You!

Rev. James L. Wilch, of Waukesha, passed away at home on June 5, 2021, at the age of 91. Pastor served 52 years at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

Jim is survived by his wife of 69 years, Nadine (nee Knoke); children Amy (David) Teske, Dan (Patricia) Wilch, and Woody Wilch. He was Gampy to Katie (Chris) Hatch, Keri (Lee) Fry, Corey (Taylor) Wilch, Tyler Wilch, Sam (Jodie) Wilch, and Kelsey Wilch; great-grandchildren Axel and Ava Fry. He was also a grandfather and uncle to many other extended family members. He is further survived by his sister-in-law Lea Rundquist and daughter-in-law Beverly Wilch. He will be missed by so many, including some of his favorites: Elli, his Pfister server, Patti from Sendik's, Jack the caterer, the morning crew from McDonald's, and all those who served him desserts.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, from 3:00 until 6:00 pm at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in Jim's name to one of his many favorite charities: Waukesha Food Pantry, Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Katy's Kloset of Waukesha, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Children's Hospital.

A private family funeral will be held at a later date.

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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Jun. 7 to Jun. 8, 2021.
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So sorry for your families loss Nadine. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Harvey Makos
June 11, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with Nadine and the entire family.
I was a member of St. Mark’s when I was growing up and Pastor Wilch Confirmed me.
He was an awesome Pastor and human being who will be dearly missed.
Rest In Peace Pastor Wilch.
Lynne (Smith) Brandt
June 10, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with Nadine and the entire family.
I was a member of St Marks for many years when I was growing up and Pastor Wilch Confirmed me.
He was an awesome Pastor and an awesome human being.
Rest In Peace Pastor Wilch.
Lynne (Smith) Brandt
June 10, 2021
My condolences to Pastor Wilch's family and the congregation. He always had the best intentions for St. Mark's. I know he will be missed by not only his family; but missed dearly by the congregants of St. Mark's.
Brian D Gugler
June 8, 2021
Our hearts and minds are filled with the memories of having Pastor Wilch as our spiritual leader for our family for more than 25 years. We became members of St Mark’s in 1973, and felt God’s presence within this church due to the dedication and teachings of God’s word through Pastor Wilch. We were just married, and new residents to Waukesha. Taking a walk through Horeb Park one Saturday afternoon we saw the little Church on the hill called St Mark’s. We noted the service times, attended one of the two services listed, and were quickly taken in by Pastor. He met with us privately to get to know us when we indicated we wanted to become members. Since that moment in time, Pastor Wilch had walked with us through the births of 3 children, Brian, Eric, and Vanessa. He baptized and confirmed all three, and also baptized our oldest Granddaughter, Nora. He was there for all of us when I received the devistating news that at age 35, I had breast cancer. Through his leadership he fueled the love and guidance for our spiritual growth that we all responded to and thrived on and needed.
From all of our family, to Nadine and children and Grandchildren, we offer our sincere condolences to you, and pray that God will bring the comfort and peace that only He can bring to you during this time of grief and sorrow for a man that was much loved by many because of his belief and love for our Lord and Savior.
Frank and Suzanne Remfrey and family
June 6, 2021
Dear Pastor Wilch Thank-you for St. March church. and for being a great Pastor and friend. We will all miss you. God Bless you and your family.
Amy Jo Hintz
June 6, 2021