Funeral Mass will be held for James Manthe, 85, of Perham, on Wednesday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham with Fr. Matthew Kuhn officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Anoka, Minn.
James Louis Manthe was born on April 20, 1928 in the Manthe farm home in the town of Windsor, Dane County, Wis. His parents were the late Martin Friedrich Heinrich and Edna Louise (Wernick) Manthe. Jim was baptized on May 13, 1928 at Zion Lutheran Church. Jim grew up on the family farm and graduated from country school in Dane County and was confirmed on May 25, 1941 at Zion Lutheran Church. He served in the United State Army from July 23, 1946 to Nov. 17, 1947. On Sept. 18, 1948, James was united in marriage with Sally Kleven at Zion Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with three children, James, Susan and Michael. Together they made their home in Madison, Wis. where Jim was employed with Roysters and St. Regis Paper Company. In 1954, Jim accepted the position as plant supervisor for Northwest Co-op in Winona, Minn. The Manthe family made their home in Brooklyn Park, Minn. in 1957 where Jim was employed with St. Regis which later became Stone Container. Sally passed away on May 16, 1989 and Jim retired in 1990.
On July 20, 1990 Jim was united in marriage with Marie Gertrude Perszyk at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Per-ham. Jim and Marie made their home in Perham.
Jim loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed playing cards, fishing, gardening, antique tractors, and feeding the birds.
On July 19, James passed away at Perham Health in Perham. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Preceding Jim in death were his parents; wife, Sally; daughter, Susan and her husband Joe Toffanelli; step-daughters, Janice Moenkedick and Connie Doll; brothers, Eugene Manthe and Jerry Manthe; sisters, Elaine Ziegler, Doris Welch and Karen Kilen.
Jim is survived by his wife of 23 years, Marie Moenkedick of Perham; sons, James (Diana) Manthe and Michael (Sally) Manthe; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Norbert Manthe, Billy Manthe, Donny (Shirley) Manthe and Raymond (Suzanne) Manthe; many other relatives and a host of friends.
Arrangements are with the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home of New York Mills.