James F. StaudenmaierIssue Date: November 8, 2017
James Frederick Staudenmaier, 78, of Green Bay, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 after months of declining health, surrounded by family.
Born March 11, 1939, to Frederick and Marion (Verheyen) Staudenmaier of Marinette, he was the third eldest of 12 children and was raised on the family farm outside of Marinette. He attended Sacred Heart Seminary in Oneida as a "Latin Specialist" and then St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee where he earned a B.A.
In the seminary, he made many lifelong friends and left the seminary to pursue a career in social work in Marquette County and then Portage County. While in Stevens Point, he met Barbara Durand, soon married and raised five children.
He graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a Master's Degree in Social Work and returned to Wisconsin to work for the State of Wisconsin's Health and Human Services Department. He worked for 30 years placing special needs children in foster and adoptive homes. A good samaritan, he was passionate about helping people.
An avid gardener, hunter, and fisherman, he loved the outdoors, being in nature and gardening. With a large garden, he fed many family members and community members with his donations to Paul's Pantry in Green Bay.
After retiring from the State, he began working with his uncle, Fr. Wilbert Staudenmaier, becoming a Board Member of Keenagers Corporation. He then became CEO of the not-for-profit affordable housing for the elderly enterprise. They had facilities in Illinois, Menasha and Appleton and a facility in Wakefield, Mi. that continues the mission, now under the Diocese of Marquette. He also worked as an on-call social worker in the Emergency Department of St. Vincent Hospital.
They had five children and cherished watching his nine grandchildren grow up. He had many good friends and acquaintances, always seeing someone he knew or went to school with and affected many peoples' lives through his service and kindness.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara; five children, Christine (Jay Bennett), Mark (Shannon Smith), Luke (Dawn Frisque), Sara (Tony Zaleski), and Matthew; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara (Roger) Gratto, Menomonee, Mi. and Linda (Scott) Marquardt of Marinette; six brothers, Tom Staudenmaier of Anchorage, Ak., Daniel (Lou Ann) Staudenmaier, Michael (Char) Staudenmaier, Tony (Verna) Staudenmaier, Dennis (Jackie) Staudenmaier and Francis (Judy) Staudenmaier, all of Peshtigo-Marinette area.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Gerald, Wilbert and Patrick Staudenmaier.
Friends called at Blaney Funeral Home in Green Bay on Friday, Nov. 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Parish Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation continued on Saturday, Nov. 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Green Bay from 10 a.m. until time of a Mass of Resurrection at 11 a.m. Entombment was in Allouez Catholic Mausoleum. A memorial fund has been established in his name.
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