A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 27, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for James “Jim” C. Thielman, 77, formerly of Avon, who died Dec. 17, 2022, at Bluffview Memory Care in Holmen, Wisconsin. The Rev. Edward Vebelun, OSB, will officiate, and burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to services, at the church in Avon.  

Jim was born Oct. 2, 1945, in Blackduck to Robert, Sr., and Elenora (Machtemes) Thielman. He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School and completed two years at St. Cloud Technical Community College as an electronics technician before serving his country in the U.S. Army from 1965-67 during the Vietnam Conflict. The majority of his working years were spent transporting gas for Amoco and BP.  He moved to Madison, Wisconsin, after his retirement. As a young adult, Jim coached baseball in Avon and later coached womens softball leagues. A favorite hobby was attending St. John’s University football games. After retirement, he enjoyed attending other sporting events in and around Madison with his best friend and close companion, Rose. He used his love of nature to support his other twin hobbies of walking and photography. He was appreciated for his sense of humor as well as his kindness and generosity. He will be fondly and lovingly remembered.

He is survived by Rose Severson of Verona, Wisconsin; daughter Melissa (Wade) Thielman of Trempealeau, Wisconsin; brothers and sisters LeRoy (Patty) of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Kate (John) Frye of St. Paul; LuAnn (Dan) Hufstedler of Plymouth; sister-in-law Margaret Thielman; nieces and nephews Dayna (Dan) Rae of Avon and Troy Thielman of Mound; as well as many beloved cousins and extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert “Bob” Thielman, Jr.

Special thanks to the caregivers at Bluffview Memory Care for their respectful and caring attention during his 4.5 years there and to St. Croix Hospice for their support during his final days.

The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers.  All memorials will be donated to Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison or The Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Avon.                    P-4-1B