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James H. Augustine

James H. Augustine, 66, passed away March 1.

Born June 30, 1947, he married the former Ruthann Kupper and was a Wisconsin licensed funeral director and embalmer for the past 40 years. A member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association and the Milwaukee/Waukesha County Funeral Directors Association, he held a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in biology and minor in history from UW-Stevens Point, graduating in 1969. He was a 1970 "Magna Cum Laude" graduate of the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science, Milwaukee and holds a Master 's of Science Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University, in Milwaukee, graduating in 1996.

He was an instructor in the Funeral Service Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College for the past 35 years, served as Program Coordinator since 1985 and became President of the American Board of Funeral Service Education in 2002. He also served on the Executive Board of Local 212 of the American Federation of Teachers, served as Campus representative for Local 212 for the last seven years, was founder of and advisor to the "ETA" chapter of Sigma Phi Sigma, funeral service fraternity at MATC, served as Treasurer of the ABFSE from 1998 through 2000 and as Vice President from 2000 through 2002. A Chairman of the ABFSE Curriculum Committee from 1986 to 2000, he supervised the complete re-writing of the curriculum and established the curriculum review process for the American Board, as well as serving on 3 "on-site" Accreditation Team visits for the American Board. He also served on the Executive Committee of the University of Mortuary Science Education Association, holding the office of Treasurer in 1986 and also served on 2 "item writing workshops" of the Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, served on the Recruitment and Retention Task Force of the NFDA, had an active role in the 2004 NFDA Recruitment/Retention video and was a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

He is survived by his wife, Ruthann ("Honey Bun"); a daughter, Lynn Marie (Don) Woo; step-children, Mark Bednar, Eric Bednar and Michele (Patrick) Connell; 11 grandchildren; a great-grandson; his mother, Helen; a brother, Rev. Kenneth Augustine; an aunt, Laura; a cousin, Bill (Sallie) Ottow and a niece, Betsy (Donald) Meverden.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph.

Visitation was held at Krause Funeral Home, New Berlin on Friday, March 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and continued at St. Luke Catholic Church on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at 11 a.m. with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery, Waukesha.


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