NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – James Marcus Kienlen, age 73, of New Braunfels TX, formerly of New Ulm, was called to join his heavenly Father on January 31st. Was it a coincidence that this was his son Mike’s birthday, who was already awaiting 29 years?
“Jim.” son of Marcus and Eleanor (Bastian) Kienlen was a manual laborer primarily in farming and county road maintenance. He eventually moved to Texas after too many snowstorms and whiteouts. Jim loved sports, reading, country music and watching his grandchildren’s many antics.
Jim is survived by his high school sweetheart, Marie, daughter of deceased Leo and Bernie Walter of Courtland MN. Jim’s greatest wish was to see his sons become good fathers. With the good Lord’s help, it has happened: Thomas (wife Sylvia and 3 children), Paul (wife Sofia and 4 children), Steven (wife Lisa and 3 children). Also surviving are sisters, Donna (Jake) Simonitsch, Independence MO; Lois Bounelis, Mountain Brook AL; Marianne (Paul) Kaiser, Chicago IL; and Barbara (Paul) Salsini, Milwaukee WI; many nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 at Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Saturday.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday Feb. 22, with old friend Rev. Germaine Rademacher officiating at St. George Catholic Church, West Newton Township; then going on to the parish school building for a light lunch. Interment will follow at a later date in the church cemetery. Relatives, family, friends and classmates please come to give Jim a proper St. George send-off.
Memorial gifts may be directed to NUACS (where Jim and Marie met 58 years ago!).
To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for his family go to www.mvfh.org