THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James Jim Kohl, 88, formerly of Pembine passed away Monday, Feb. 3 at Maryhill Manor Nursing home in Niagara after a lengthy illness.
Born March 10, 1925, the only child of Bernard Barney and Rose Kohl, he grew up on the family dairy farm near Colgate where he helped his parents with daily farm operations.
He enjoyed trips up north to the family cottage near Pembine, especially in autumn, when he could hunt ruffed grouse with his Cocker Spaniel, Sam. In 1972, his parents sold their farmland and the family moved into their new house near Pembine, where he cared for his parents during their retirement years.
He was an active member of St. Margaret Catholic Church, with a faith demonstrated in his work as janitor, in gifts to help feed the poor, and in his love for other people. He also was a member of the Pembine Fire Department for several years.
He is survived by an aunt, Jeannette Borlen, of Clintonville; several cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Family and friends called from 10 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Pembine. Father Dan Zaloga officiated. Memorials are appreciated for Karen's Food Pantry, St. Margarets Catholic Church, Pembine or to Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine Voluntary Fire Department. Messar-Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee assisted the family with arrangements.