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January 25, 1940 – Friday, December 21, 2012

Service Information
St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo
Saturday, December 29, 2012
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Friday, December 28, 2012

James (Jim) Hoeschen, age 72, of Buffalo, passed away December 21, 2012, surrounded by his family. He faced his cancer with courage, great strength, a sense of humor and a smile.

Jim was born on January 25th, 1940 to Norbert and Verna (Kerfeld) Hoeschen of Freeport, Minnesota. Jim was the oldest of five children. On September 3rd, 1962, he was united in marriage to Evelyn (Evie) Jonas, at St. Martin Catholic Church, in St. Martin, Minnesota. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters. In 1977, Jim and Evie made their home in Buffalo, Minnesota. Jim was a truck driver all of his life, retiring from Super Valu in 2001 after 27 years of service. He was a member of the Teamsters Local #120.

Jim loved his family and friends, and shared a special bond with his three grandchildren. He enjoyed the freedom of the open road. He collected Tonka toys and John Deere tractors. Jim enjoyed many card games and was a good player and generally pretty lucky. Much time was spent throwing horseshoes, playing bean bags, going to the casino to try his luck at the slots or bingo and he enjoyed fishing. But most of all, Jim enjoyed people.

Jim is survived by his wife Evie, daughter Brenda Goerke and her husband Reinhardt Jr. and grandchildren Alex and Kayla, of Monticello, and daughter Bev Peitz and her husband Craig and grandson Chad of Buffalo. His family includes Mary Ellen (Melvin) Herbes of
St. Cloud, Chris Hoeschen of Cold Spring, Linus (Rita) Hoeschen of Little Falls, Ben (Judy) Hoeschen of St. Cloud; and many relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert (Bob).

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Saturday, December 29th at 11:00 a.m. at
St. Francis Xavier Church, in Buffalo, Minnesota, with burial to follow at the St. Francis Xavier
Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the church from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, December 28th

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Mel Kunstleben

    I would like to offer my condolences to Evie and all trhe family. He is at rest and no more suffering.
    Mel Kunstleben
    Regina Sask

  2. Jan Pearson

    Evie, Brenda, Bev and families,
    Please accept our sincere sympathy. I am grateful to have known Jim in these past few years.
    May God Bless your family

  3. Kayla Goerke

    To many you were known as my Grandfather, but to me for as long as I can remember we have called you Jim. Someone wise once said, “Everyone is given a birth date and a death date, the dash in between is for you to live as you want.” You spent the last 72 years living your life to the fullest, never once complaining about the pain you had to endure. I love you more than words can ever describe and you will truly be missed my many, but I am glad that you no longer have to suffer and you are finally at peace…

    I love you Jim, and I will never forget what you have taught me over all these years and on all the Wednesdays we spent hanging out with you and Grandma. I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life and I will find comfort knowing that I have one of the best guardian angels watching over me…


    Your Best (and only) Granddaughter

  4. Michelle Hildebrand

    I am so sorry to hear about Jim. I am praying for God’s love and comfort during this difficult time. Remember the good stuff.
    Love, Michelle

  5. David Kerfeld

    Always a grin you cannot forget. He will be missed.

  6. Virgil Linn

    Am saddened to hear of Jim’s death. I offer my sincere condolences to you Evie, Mary Ellen & all the family.

  7. Mark & Karey Lambert

    So very sorry. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  8. Sandy Haegele

    Evie — I was so sad to read of Jim’s passing in the Mpls. paper. I remember him fondly and that infectious smile of his! I would see the two of you at the Monti Cancer Center — sometimes anxiously awaiting results of a test — but, always smiling and upbeat. He gave it everything he had to beat the cancer. I guess God had other plans for Jim. May God surround you with His love and grace in the days to come.

    Sandy Haegele

  9. Lisa Fashant Kasper

    Brenda & Bev,
    It has been many years since we rode the school bus together. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Hold the memories of him close to your heart. I am thinking of you during this most difficult time.

  10. Mary (Egan) Tighe

    I remember happy times at Crawford Lake. You were great neighbors. Your dad will be missed

    Mary and Helen Tighe

  11. Audrey A. Larson

    Hi Evie, I don’t know if you will remember me or not, but we lived across the street from you when I was married to Ed Schmidt. I just want to express my sympathy to you and your family at Jim’s passing. I have thought of your family often.

    Audrey Larson


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