James R. Sevenich, M.D., age 86 of Stevens Point passed early Saturday morning, March 12, 2016 at Whispering Pines Assisted Living Center in Plover, WI.
James was born September 21, 1929 in Milwaukee, WI. He was the son of Roman and Elwyne and the second oldest of three surviving brothers, Daniel (West Saint Paul, MN), Robert (White Bear Lake, MN), and Richard (Sandpoint, ID).
James attended Nativity Grade School, Cretin High School, and St. Thomas College, all in Saint Paul, MN. He attended and graduated from Marquette University Medical School in 1955 and interned at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, WA.
James served his country as a member of the Minnesota National Guard (1947 – 1955), a captain in the U.S. Air Force (1957 – 1959), and as a physician at the 4169th USAF Hospital, Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls, MT.
On September 11, 1954, James married Bernice Stanzel at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Manitowoc, WI. They have been married 61 years. They moved to Stevens Point in 1958 where James went into medical practice with Dr. W. C. Sheehan and was in private practice until his retirement in 1994. Over this time he delivered in excess of 4,000 babies. James was an active member of the American Medical Association, Wisconsin Medical Society, and Portage County Medical Society. James was one of the organizers of the first HMO (Healthguard) in Portage County.
James is preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Annette. He is survived by his wife, Bernice and 6 Children: Stephen (Julie) of Green Bay, WI; Gregory (Melissa) of Mount Juliet, TN; David (Donna) of Johnston, IA; Scott (Jennifer) of Glendale, WI; Mark (Paula) of Farmington, MN; and Lisa (Daniel) Strizel of Plover, WI. James and Bernice have 13 grandchildren (Kathryn, Alexander, James, Claire, Jacob, Isabella, Roman, Hunter, Regan, Meghan, Maya, Aidan, and Ashley), 2 great-grandchildren (Emily and Allison), and 3 step-grandchildren (Spencer, Virginia, and Amelia).
As the MIAC diving champion (1948, 1950), James continued as an active swimming and diving competitor in the Wisconsin Master’s Program beginning in 1995. He was an avid bowler for over twenty years and served as president of the Knights of Columbus Bowling League. He is a past Grand Knight and an honorary life-time member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Fourth Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus Council #1170.
James served as a charter member of Saint Peter’s Catholic Church Parish Council and as an usher at the church.
He was a Tennessee Squire since 1966 and an enthusiastic amateur ham radio operator (K9QBO) with the Stevens Point Ham Radio Club.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday March 17, 2016, at St. Peter Catholic Church with the Rev. Arul Joseph V. officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pisarski Funeral Home 703 Second Street Stevens Point and again on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service in the St. Faustina room at the church. Knights of Columbus will combine with the parish to pray the rosary at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus building fund or Saint Peter Catholic Church. Pisarski Funeral Homes of Stevens Point and Plover are honored to be serving the family. For online condolences please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com
The family expresses their sincere thanks to the staff of Ministry Health Care Hospice, Whispering Pines Assisted Living Center, and Portage County Healthcare. We appreciate the personal and focused care that was provided.
The family also extends a heart-felt thank you to Nancy Hornick for her personalized care, flexibility, and support.
“As I lay dying in my bed,
with palsied hand and silvered head,
I wonder what my life has meant,
or even if I’ve made a dent
in the plan God had for me,
but soon, I’m sure, I will see!”
It is with great confidence and the deepest love that your family says:
“Yes, you have.”