James “Jim” J. Sendelbach


James “Jim” J. Sendelbach, 92, of Whitehall, died Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in his home.

Jim was born June 6, 1930, to George and Blanche (Kuka) Sendelbach, and was raised in Independence. After graduating from high school, Jim went on to complete two years at Winona State where he played baseball. Jim was then drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War.

Jim was united in marriage to his beloved wife, Rita Puchalla, October 14, 1950, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Together the couple raised four children and shared almost 72 years together in Whitehall. Jim was well known as a devoted family man and a hard worker. He was employed with Land O’ Lakes & Company for 25 years before working as a lab specialist for 23 years with AMPI, from which he retired in 1996. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed hunting, baseball, golfing, and bowling. He was especially proud of his children and grandchildren and enjoyed spending time together as a family. He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Jim is survived by his wife, Rita, of Whitehall; son, Bob (Audra) Sendelbach of Whitehall; daughters: Linda (Scott) Gunderson of San Dimas, CA, Sue Sendelbach of St. Paul, MN, and Nancy (Bruce) Gore of CleElum, WA; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Phyllis (George) George.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws; and brother, Frank Sendelbach.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at St. John’s Catholic Church in Whitehall. Father George Thayilkuzhithottu officiated. Family and friends were welcomed for visitation one hour prior to the mass at church. Burial with military honors was at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Independence.

To express condolences online, please visit www.edisonfh.com.

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