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James Jack Sahli, Jr., age 52 of Loretto, passed away unexpectedly on June 29, 2019.

He was born on December 18, 1966 to James, Sr and Ottilia “Tillie” (Malson) Sahli in Aberdeen, South Dakota. His family moved to Mound, Minnesota where he spent much of his adolescence.

James started working at a very young age and became a well-known and respected machinist.

James and Rhonda Mason were united in marriage on April 8, 1995 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo. They made their home in Loretto in 1999, and have lived there happily ever since. Together they raised two beautiful daughters, of whom he was very proud. He taught them strength, determination, love, and the tools to have a successful and happy life.

James was the kind of person that could fix anything and loved working on his classic cars. He would always lend a helping hand to those who needed it the most, and often times would take care of people’s needs without them having to ask for his assistance. James was the type of person who you could count on; whether it was giving great advice to his daughters, or helping his friends and family whenever they were in need.

He loved traveling with his family; most recently they all went to Colorado and attended the Brit Floyd concert—a tribute band to his favorite rock group, Pink Floyd. They also ventured to Hawaii and the Black Hills, among other vacation destinations.

James was passionate about music, played the guitar, loved nature and animals. Spending as much time with his family was the most important aspect of his life, however. He cherished the memories created with his family and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. James touched the lives of everyone around him, and was the center of his family’s world. He will be forever loved and can never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Rhonda; daughters, Taylor and Madisen; siblings, Susan Hegdahl, Michael (Janet) Sahli, Timothy (Suzanne) Sahli, Richard (Kathy) Sahli, and Robert (Zara) Sahli, Sr.

James is preceded in death by his parents, James Sr., and Tillie.

A visitation will be held Friday, July 5, 2019 from 4:00 -7:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, MN (300 Main Street N.)

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Suzanne Sahli

    Rhonda, Taylor and Madisen; We are saddened by the sudden loss of Jim. Take comfort in knowing that he is with his Mom and Dad now and someday we will all be together in heaven.
    RIP Jim.

    Tim,Suzanne Sahli and Family

  2. Paula Swanson

    Rhonda, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Until you meet again.

  3. Greg Larson.

    This comes as a shock. Jim was and is a great man. He will be missed prayers for all his family and friends

  4. David Rider

    He will be missed. He made me laugh when he fixed a CNC lathe using a hammer and asked if it was better.
    Miss you Jim. Rest in peace.

  5. Amy E Fouquette

    So truly sorry Rhonda.. Prayers and love


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