December 8, 1944 – Sunday, July 6, 2014
HELD AT A LATER DATE
James “Jim/Jimmy” Fredrick Witczek, 69, passed away while surrounded by loved ones, on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm after a brave three month battle with cancer.
Jim was born on December 8, 1944 and was the 6th of 15 children born to Leo Alfred and Ione Marion (Bergeron) Witczek of Minneapolis. He married Jean Witczek (Hunke) on July 15, 1977 in Norfolk, NE. Jim and Jeanne raised their two children Jennifer and John in Plymouth, MN.
Jim loved to fish, although it was said he didn’t catch much because he wouldn’t stop talking and scared them all away; cook his “world famous” chicken pot pie, fried fish and chicken drummies, all of which he planned to sell out of a food truck or cart someday; and spending time outdoors. He enjoyed “bee bopping” to his 50’s classics, and doing anything for a laugh. He was always there to lend a helping hand or “expert” advice with any project being worked on, and was a great and loyal friend that would give you the shirt off his back if needed.
His biggest source of pride was his children and especially his grandchildren. He truly was the world’s best grandfather. His greatest joy was spending time playing with them, and the biggest tragedy in his death is the lack of time he got to spend with them. There were so many things he wanted to do with them and teach them.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents Leo and Ione, his sisters Judith (Judy) Dallman (his twin), Shirley Hogan, Sharon Jones, and Patricia (Patty) Hogan and his brothers Richard (Dickie), and Leon (Sonny) Witczek.
Jim is survived by Jeanne Witczek, his children Jennifer Hess (Clayton Hess) ,John Witczek (Sarah Edstrom) and the loves of his life, his grandchildren, Davian Dotray (7), Callie Hess (6) and Jackson Witczek (4). Sisters Mary Loken, Gloria Chapman, Terry White, Carol Hase, Merilee Witczek, Lynn Hunke, and Janice Sorenson, and brother Tom Witczek.
His family would like to thank the staff at the Allina Health Clinic in Buffalo MN and Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids MN, for the excellent care they provided to Jim in his final months.
A private family service will be held at a later date.