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James A Nadler
May 23, 1939 - Feb. 8, 2018
Stockbridge, WI
Funeral Service:
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
11:00 am
St. Mary Catholic Church
Military Rd
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Funeral Visitation:
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
9:00 am - 10:45 am
St. Mary Catholic Church
Military Rd
Stockbridge, WI 53088
James A Nadler
Stockbridge, WI

After a long and happy life James A. Nadler passed away February 8, 2018. James (Jim) was born May 23, 1939, in Chilton, WI, to Emanuel and Lorine (Wagner) Nadler.  Jim and Mary Ellen (Pawelski) Nadler were married June 3, 1961 at St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Stockbridge, WI. Beloved husband and best friends, Jim and Mary Ellen enjoyed 56 ½ wonderful years of marriage. 

Jim was employed at Mirro Foley for 43 years as a millwright and member of Wisconsin Board of Examining Engineers until his retirement in 2000.  After retirement Jim and Mary Ellen had many fun trips up to the “Cabin.” Jim enjoyed being surrounded by his children and grandchildren for deer hunting season and especially looked forward to sturgeon spearing season on Lake Winnebago. Jim learned the craft of sturgeon spear making from his father Emanuel and Grandfather Tony. Being a 3rd generation spear maker he refined his skills and hand crafted spears with flying beards.  He was thrilled to be featured in “People of the Sturgeon” in his workshop with his spears. Grandpa Jim was especially proud of his “Grand-Girls” who each have a spear to remember him by. He also lovingly crafted “Goldie’s” and decoys for each of his children and grandchildren. 

Jim and Mary Ellen enjoyed traveling and had many happy times taking their family summertime trips across the US and Canada. They found great enjoyment in showing Jim’s vintage Moto Ski snowmobile, and going to shows with Tim and Chris.

Jim was a member of the Stockbridge Harbor fishing club. He was a longtime volunteer at St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church and Calumet County meal site.

He is survived by his loving wife Mary Ellen, children, Tim (Chris) Nadler, Scott (Lynda) Nadler and Jamie Sue (David) Hodgson. His beloved granddaughters, Sonya (Joe Bauer), Katrina, Nicole (fiancée Peter McHugh) and Kelsey (Steven Hoerth). His brother, Don (Edna) Nadler, sister, Darlene Nadler (special friend Michael Ortlieb). Further survived by aunts, nieces, nephews, god-children, cousins and friends.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents Emanuel and Lorine Nadler and his in-laws, John and Sedonia Pawelski.

The funeral liturgy for Jim will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church, 201 Military Road, Stockbridge, with Father Michael Betley officiating.  Friends may call at St. Mary of Seven Dolors from 9:00 am until 10:45 am on the day of the service.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Stockbridge First Responders, Ascension Calumet Ambulance Staff, Paramedics and Ascension Hospital Staff for your professionalism and compassion.  Thank you to Deacon Dennis Bennin for leading us spiritually through prayer. Dearest husband, father and Grandpa, God bless you and grant you eternal life. Farewell my love, ME.
Dad, you will always be remembered as a very loving, sincere, talented, gifted, patient and proud man. We miss you.

Chris Nadler (Daughter-In Law) - Mar. 8, 2018


I met Jim through Tim and Chris at vintage snowmobile show's. I always enjoyed seeing and talking to Jim at the various snowmobile events. My thoughts and prayers to all.

Dave Olson (Friend) - Feb. 13, 2018


Dear Mary Ellen and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He will be deeply missed. We are in California at this time and will see you when we get home. Jim is now in God's house, showing Him how he made his sturgeon spears.

Joe and Betty Sabel (Friends) - Feb. 12, 2018


I was so very saddened to hear of Jim's passing. What a wonderful person he was....so kind and always willing to lend a helping hand. The relationship he and Mary Ellen had epitomized what a loving marriage is. Mary Ellen, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.....

Lynn Merino (Friend) - Feb. 12, 2018


Mary Ellen, Tim, and family,
I was really sad to hear of Jims passing. Such a nice man. My mom and dad always thought the world of him as well. Dad and I were just talking about the spears he made just last week. Also about the times of shooting the bull. My condolences, I hope you find comfort and peace in the days ahead. Praying for you too

Kathy Kuhn (Friend) - Feb. 11, 2018


My sympathies to Jim's family, Jim was one of the nicest guys to work with at Mirro-Foley, Always had a smile and a good story.

Sandy Matznick (Co-Worker Mirro-Foley) - Feb. 11, 2018


So sorry to hear of your loss. My mom has always kept me updated on your family through her phone calls with you. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Steve and Francie (Kalvoda) Koppy - Feb. 11, 2018


We met Jim and Mary Ellen and Family on vacation in the Black Hills of SD. We became friends and have stayed in touch for many years. Our deepest sympathies to the Mary Ellen and family. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you from ND.

Emil and Mary Kalvoda (Friends) - Feb. 11, 2018


Swapping Deer Hunting Successes

Ken Kuchenbecker (Co-Worker at Foley) - Feb. 11, 2018


Thinking of you all. What a loss. Great man always. Take care during this tough time.

Lois Wagner -Forstner (Cousin) - Feb. 10, 2018


My deepest deepest sympathy to my dear friend Mary Ellen and family..Jim was one of the most upstanding men i know and will be sadly missed... my thoughts and prayers are with the whole Nadler family...May God bless and help you thru this terrible time...hugs..

mary criter - Feb. 10, 2018


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