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Jim Farrelly

James Jerome Farrelly, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 16, 2009, in Sheboygan, Wis.

Jim was born Jan. 28, 1934 in Dovrey, Minn., the son of William and Mary Farrelly. Jim attended grade school and high school in Wadena. He was president of the first graduating class of the lay ministry program at Concordia College in Milwaukee and was the first to receive a diploma from that program in 1963.

On Jan. 14, 1956, Jim was united in marriage to Marlys Neisess at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wadena.

He served his country in the Armed Forces, spending 16 months in Korea and eight years in the Army Reserves.

Jim served as lay minister for four years at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and for the next 31 years as stewardship administrator at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sheboygan, retiring from that position in June 1998. He continued working as a mission and ministry facilitator for the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church South Wisconsin District retiring on June 30, 2009.

Survivors include Marlys, his loving wife of 53 years; his children, John (Nancy) Farrelly, Karen (James Westdorp) Immel, Christine (Richard) Simpson and Paul (Alison) Farrelly; grandchildren, Colleen Farrelly, Brian (special friend, Allison Free) Immel, Ryan Simpson and April Simpson, special friends Daniel and Yvonne Immel, and Mark (fiancée of Katie Immel) Morrison.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Farrelly; and his granddaughter, Katie Immel.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 13th and Lincoln Ave., Sheboygan. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that contributions be made to a memorial fund established in his name for the St. Paul's Building Expansion Fund or LCMS South Wisconsin District Missions. E-mail condolences to