James E. Mishefske

VISITATION:

4-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 9 at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls and

11 a.m. - 12 Noon on Thursday, April 10 at Lake Wissota Golf, 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls

SERVICE:

12 Noon on Thursday, April 10 at Lake Wissota Golf, 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and may be designated to the Hannah James Mishefske Savings Fund, c/o RCU Bank (any branch) to be used towards Hannah’s education.

James Edward Mishefske, 36, of Madison, formerly of Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Madison.

He was born July 21, 1977 in San Diego, CA to Sue (Tomasello) and Edward Mishefske.  He grew up in Chippewa Falls and graduated from Chi-Hi in 1995.

Following high school, Jim earned a degree in Mortuary Science from Worsham College in Chicago.  He worked as a licensed funeral director at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel in Chippewa Falls.

Jim made a career change and went back to college to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration and later a Master of Business Administration from UWEC.  He then taught Entrepreneurship and Economic Development classes at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UWEC, where he also advised clients on growing their small businesses.  He served as Director of the SBDC for four years.  In 2013, he was honored with the SBDC Excellence Award.

On June 4th, 2011 Jim married Julie Wildenberg in Hillsdale, WI.  On March 31st, 2013, they were blessed with a daughter, Hannah James. 

In November, 2013, Jim earned the position of the new state director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center located in Madison.  He and his family made the move to Madison from Eau Claire just two months ago.

Jim was very active and deeply loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed snowboarding, skiing the Birkie, hiking, backpacking, biking, running, canoeing, woodworking, and he loved spending time at the family cabin that he helped build, in Barnes, WI. He was always looking for a new way to challenge himself and did so with a positive "can do" attitude. He would walk into a room and the room would light up simply because of his infectious personality. This world was a better place simply because he was a part of it.

Jim was blessed to find his best friend and partner in life, Julie who had similar interests and was as vivacious as he was. Their adventurous spirits led them in their journeys adding excitement and leaving a sense of fulfillment wherever they traveled.

His greatest passion however, one that he lived and breathed and which knew no limits, was his love and devotion to wife Julie, his daughter Hannah, his family and his friends. He was a wonderful loving husband and so intensely proud to be Hannah's father.

If you were his friend, he would be there for you through good and bad times, always ready to help, share a kind word or give you a shoulder to hug. He was beautiful!

He is survived by his wife, Julie; daughter, Hannah James; parents, Ed and Sue Mishefske of Chippewa Falls; sister, Heather Mishefske of Eau Claire; paternal grandmother, Charlotte Mishefske of West Allis; in-laws, William and Patricia Wildenberg of Superior; sisters-in-law, Sara (George) Hess of Kohler, Mary Wildenberg of Eden Prairie, MN; brother-in-law, Travis (Sara) Wildenberg of Honolulu, HI; a niece, Amber Hess; and his dog and best friend, Boston.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Ted Mishefske; and his maternal grandparents, John and Shirley Tomasello.

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, April 10 at Lake Wissota Golf, 16108 97th Ave., Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Robert B. Hoekstra officiating. 

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls and one hour prior to the service Thursday at Lake Wissota Golf.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and may be designated to the Hannah James Mishefske Savings Fund, c/o RCU Bank (any branch) to be used towards Hannah’s education.  This is a beautiful way for Jim’s legacy to live on and for him to be able to help provide for his daughter.

AFTERSERVICE

 

A funeral service for James Edward Mishefske, 36 of Madison was held at 12 p.m., Thursday, April 10 at Wissota Golf, Chippewa Falls.  The Rev. Hoekstra officiated and the eulogy was given by friend, Ethan Miller.  Casket bearers were Brett Berg, Kurt Mathison, Ethan Miller, Chad Rykal, Scott Schultz, Josh Thompson and Travis Wildenberg.