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James P Kiersten
June 6, 1944 - Sept. 16, 2019
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
11:30 am
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
54 E. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Burial Service:
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
12:30 pm
St. Mary Catholic Cemetery
680 N. Madison St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Vigil Service:
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
James P Kiersten
Chilton, WI

James Phillip Kiersten, age 75, of Chilton, died on Monday, September 16, 2019 at his home in Chilton.  He was born June 6, 1944 in Fond du Lac, son of the late Joseph & Monica (Stephany) Kiersten.  Jim married Carol Hintz on June 27, 1964 in Fond du Lac.

He was born and raised on his family farm homestead where he learned everything necessary for the nurture and care of land and animals and continued this farming tradition while working on his brother-in-law’s farm.  His life led him to work at Foley in Chilton, but his knowledge and comfort of farming never left him.  While working at Foley and through retirement, he tended to his own hobby farm.  

Family being paramount to Jim, upon his retirement when his granddaughter became pregnant with his first great grandchild, Jim picked up the hobby of woodworking and proceeded to create wooden creations to be cherished for generations to come.  

Time spent in the great outdoors and watching his beloved Green Bay Packers was a time of rest and reprieve for Jim.  He began camping at an early age in a tent, eventually working his way up to a travel trailer later in life, but he never passed up an opportunity to go out with his sons or grandsons to swing the sticks on the golf course and enjoy everything that nature could provide in a game of golf.  

Jim was raised with music constantly surrounding him so it was no surprise that he would participate in local bands playing drums to keep a solid beat for the smooth sounds of the bands he played with, including those staring his father and brother.  

Above all else, Jim knew that the gifts of his life were gifts given to him by God.  He was a faithful member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and cherished his Catholic Faith and the blessings he received.  The gifts he received from God were poured out in abundance to the people around him; not only to the people closest to him, but everyone he came in to contact with.  Knowing he could be a blessing to others because he was blessed, Jim drove bus for the New Hope Center and was one of the most relatable and personable people you could come across.

Survivors include his wife: Carol; his children: Steve Kiersten; Sue (Keith) Vanne, Teresa (Joseph) Muellenbach, Michael Kiersten and his special friend, Jacqi Theiss, Jimmy (Michele) Kiersten; 8 grandchildren: Heather Vanne, Dillon Vanne, Amber Muellenbach, Cody (Mary) Muellenbach, Marisa Nickel, Maranda LaFrombois, Megan Nickel, Veronica Grube; 5 great grandchildren: Carson Stuck, Bentley Carlson, Iris Woods, Lilliana Woods, Hazlee Carlson; his sisters: Jean Post, Judy Kiersten, Jackie Leach; and his in-laws: Elmer (Ardine) Hintz & Lorraine Kiersten.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his brother: Joseph Kiersten, Jr.; and his in-laws: Charles Post, Eugene Leach, Harold Hintz and James (Sandy) Hintz.  

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 am on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton with Rev. Jon Thorsen officiating.  Burial will follow at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Chilton.  Friends may call call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 19, 2019 and on Friday at the funeral home from 9:30 am until 11:00 am on Friday, September 20, 2019 when family prayers will be heard.  A Parish Vigil Service will be held Thursday evening at the  funeral home at the close of the visitation. 

Jim’s family would like to thank the entire staff of Calumet County Home Health Care and Hospice and the nurses at the Calumet Medical Center for the care that was given to Jim and his entire family. 
Carol so sorry for your loss, live your life with your great memories of your loving husband.

Doris Bennin (Friend) - Sept. 20, 2019


Jim was always a pleasure to work with! Sad to hear of his passing! My sympathy to the family! R.I.P. Jim

Vicki (Rausch) Zahn (Co-Worker at Mirro-Foley) - Sept. 20, 2019


No matter when Pete and I would see you and Carol, unfortunately at St. E's, you always had a smile on your face and something nice to say. After Pete passed I started a new job, and was surprised to find out I was working with your granddaughter Amber! We talked about what a wonderful man you are, and how much she loved grandma and grandpa so much, even going to your house sometime for her lunch break. Your smile was infectious, theres no wonder why you were loved so much. No more suffering just lots of smiles!

Arlene Stephany (Friend) - Sept. 17, 2019


Jim drove bus for New Hope Center for years. He was loved by all of our clients. We will miss his gentle kindness and sense humor. Rest in peace Jim.

Greg Logemann (Co-worker) - Sept. 17, 2019


Condolences to the famiky.

Colleen Waugh (Friend) - Sept. 17, 2019


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