James Henry Shrake, age 90, died peacefully on June 6, 2022. Preceded in death by his beloved wife Jeanne, infant daughter Mary Elizabeth, parents, Leon and Mary (Quitney) and brothers Francis, John, Joseph, Daniel and sister Barbara Berzinski. Jim found great comfort and joy in his Catholic faith and was an active member of the St. Mark's community in St. Paul. Like his wife, he devoted his life to their family and made many loving memories for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his 8 children: Kathy, Ann Schlangen (Tom), Dick (Elaine Kumpula), John (Patti), Tom (Kelley Loughrey), Jane Schlangen (Mike), Marty (Laura) and Pat (Karen) and his brother Mark and sister-in-law Ellen. He leaves behind a legacy of 23 beloved grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, and many friends. Jim was a kind and gentle presence in the family, a loving father who will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Tuesday, June 14th from 4:00-8:00pm at the Willwescheid Funeral Home, 1167 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105 and also one hour prior to mass at church on Wednesday (9:00-10:00am).
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am Wednesday at the Church of St. Mark, 2001 Dayton Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104. A private family burial will take place in Winona, MN.
The family extends many thanks to the caring hospice team members from Our Lady of Peace Hospice who helped care for Jim and supported the family.
Memorials preferred to St. Marks church (onestrongfamily.org), St. Agnes school (saintagnesschool.org) or Abria (abria.org).