James Maximilian Swetlik
1996 - 2020
BORN
1996
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Valley Funeral Home - Appleton
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI
James Maximilian Swetlik

Appleton - James Maximilian Swetlik, 23, of Appleton, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 11, 2020. He was born on September 22, 1996 in Appleton, WI, the loving and loved son of James and Emily (Mrotek) Swetlik. He enjoyed attending Appleton private (St. Bernadette) and Appleton Public Schools (Huntley, Franklin, Roosevelt) in childhood and graduated from Appleton North in 2015.

James loved to serve others and was a proud member of the National Guard. After high school, he attended UW-Whitewater for three semesters before obtaining a Commercial Driver's License and seeing the nation as a cross-country, big-rig truck driver. He voluntarily deployed to Afghanistan in 2019, and serving his country there was his most treasured accomplishment. He served in several units in the historic 32nd Infantry Division. Upon returning, he worked at ACE Hardware throughout the COVID pandemic. His hobbies included baseball in his youth and DECA, track, cross-country, and downhill skiing in high school. He was an exceptional writer, and he loved to read, especially American and European history. James loved traveling. He enjoyed trips with his family to the East Coast, Little Rock, and New Orleans and seeing historical sites, especially Holy Hill. He spent summer months exploring Wisconsin with his friends and family.

James is survived by his parents, James David and Emily Swetlik of Appleton, WI, as well as his sister Carol Swetlik and her fiancé Mark Opal of Cleveland, OH. They are grieving their loss but grateful for the short time they had with him.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held for the public on Thursday September 17, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church 404 W. Lawrence St. Appleton, WI. with visitation to begin at the church at 10:00 AM. A Visitation will also be held the day before on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Valley Funeral Home 2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, WI. Burial to take place after Mass. Flowers and gifts may be directed to Valley Funeral Home.







Published by Appleton Post-Crescent from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2020.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Sep
16
Visitation
3:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Valley Funeral Home - Appleton
2211 N. Richmond St., Appleton, WI
Sep
17
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. Joseph Catholic Church
404 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, WI
Sep
17
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00a.m.
St. Joseph Catholic Church
404 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, WI
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To The Swetlik Family,
My name is Rita Michelin and I worked with James at Ace Hardware. James was a wonderful, caring and compassionate young man. I enjoyed working and talking with him when we worked the same shift. He will be missed. I am praying for Peace for your Family.

Sincerely,
Rita Michelin
Rita Michelin
Coworker
October 4, 2020
a loved one
September 19, 2020
Dear Emily, Jim and Carol,
Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to have read your very deep loss of your dear son and brother. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend. Please know James and you will be in my prayers and thoughts during this most difficult time. May you feel God’s love surrounding you! (Emily, when it is a good time for you, I’d love to see you!)
Mary Ann Uhlenbrauck
Friend
September 16, 2020
Emily, Jim and Carol. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you and your loved ones. So many thoughts and prayers for you. GOD BLESS YOU.
Sam and Karen Ciske
Friend
September 15, 2020
Trevor Thomas
September 15, 2020
Had some pretty fun times in training
Dalton Chapman
Served In Military Together
September 15, 2020
a loved one
September 15, 2020
SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS I’M GOING TO MISS WORKING WITH HIM AT ACE HARDWARE
LORI VANDENBLOOMER
Coworker
September 15, 2020
I AM SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS . I’M GOING TO MISS WORKING WITH HIM AT ACE HARDWARE
Lori VandenBloomer
Coworker
September 15, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dan Stanke
Served In Military Together
September 15, 2020
Even though I don't know you, I like to extend my deepest sympathy to you. That is way to soon to be taken from this world. My prayers go out to you as you grieve. May God Bless You and Keep You.
Carrie Heyn
Friend
September 15, 2020
I first met James in a UW Whitewater political science course. Off the back you could tell he had a very bright mind, often going on tangents about American history, which he clearly loved. I also had the honor of working with him in A Co 2-127. He will be missed.
Marcus
Served In Military Together
September 14, 2020
Im sorry for your loss. He was a good soldier and he had great potential.
SSG (DS) Wischmann, Charles
Served In Military Together
September 14, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Sue & Randy DeBauch
Friend
September 14, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about James! He was my student at North, he was a very good student, focused and serious. He was always ready to help out a fellow student, I always enjoyed having him in class.
Sheryl Stidham-Gebert
Teacher
September 14, 2020
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