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James Monahan
James Monahan

James Monahan, 69, of Soldiers Grove, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Sannes Skogdalen Heim Nursing Home in Soldiers Grove, where he had been a resident for over 7 1/2 years.

James was born on May 26, 1943 the son of Joseph and Marie (Sheridan) Monahan. He married Mary Lucey on April 25, 1970 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Viroqua. James and Mary farmed at Rolling Ground until leaving the farm and moving to Gays Mills. Jim enjoyed helping others, giving a helping hand whenever needed. He had worked at Great Rivers F. S. Feed Mill and he also drove school bus.

Jim loved the land. He also enjoyed sports-following the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brews and the Wisconsin Badgers. He loved to play bingo at the nursing home. He was a loving and supportive husband and father. He was a member of St. Philip’s Catholic Church. Most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. The twinkle in his eyes said it all.

Jim is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary; three children and six grandchildren: Daniel (Michelle) Monahan (with Nicholas) of Staunton, Ill., Matthew (Molly) Monahan (with Eric, Kylie and Brooke) of Dyersville, Iowa and Katherine (David) Dilley (with Norah and Hannah) of Boscobel; two brothers, Marty (Mary Kay) Monahan of Homewood, Ill., and Michael (Kay) Monahan of Plymouth, Minn.; two special aunts, Grace Murphy and Nina Hoffland, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Marie (Sheridan) Monahan.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s Catholic Church, Rolling Ground. Father Zacharie Beya officiated and burial was in the St. Philips Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asked that memorials be given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation (which is researching Parkinson’s Disease, which Jim suffered from for more than 20 years), the North Crawford Rescue Squad, the Ocooch Mountain Rescue or the charity of your choice in Jim’s name.

God holds you now in the palm of his hand, and we hold you in our hearts forever. Those we love don’t do away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, loved, missed and very dear. Goodbye dear husband, father, grandpa and brother.

The Monahan family extends their deep gratitude for the love and support received from family, friends and the staff at Sannes Skogdalen Home for the wonderful loving care given to my husband and our father, grandpa, and brother. They are truly angels in our eyes.

The Sime Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. On line condolences may be sent to