James Adamietz was born on February 28, 1946 to the late Frances and Theresa (Kilanowski) Adamietz in Bertha, Minnesota. His formal education included graduating from Staples High School with the class of 1964. James attended Staples Vocational Technology College for two years earning a degree in diesel mechanics. He joined the United States Army and proudly served his country from 1966 to 1972.
James was united in marriage to Bernadette LaFond on May 31, 1969. This marriage was blessed with one child. Bernadette passed away in 1989. James was united in marriage to Catherine Prescott on August 3, 1996. This marriage was also blessed to include Catherine’s four sons.
James operated a dairy farm and truly enjoyed his land. He loved to make things, earning the title, “The MacGyver of the Northwoods” and could fix anything, except a “broken heart” and the “crack of dawn”. Loving the outdoors, he hunted, fished, and enjoyed watching wildlife, especially “Minnesota Monkeys” (squirrels). Putting up Christmas lights and using his chainsaw were activities James cherished as well.
James reflected love for his country and community in many ways. He was a committed member of the DFL party, served as an officer for Girard Township and Sergeant At Arms for the Minnesota State Senate. James had a passion for politics and considered himself a “grassroots politician”. Above all, James was a devoted Catholic.
On November 9, 2019, James entered the glory of heaven while under the care of Lakewood Health, Staples, Minnesota surrounded by his loving wife and family. Preceding James in death are his parents: Frances and Theresa Adamietz; stillborn brother; first wife: Bernadette LaFond Adamietz; brother-in-law: David Tepley.
James will be forever remembered and missed by his wife, Catherine Prescott-Adamietz; son: Matthew (Kristina) Adamietz, Browerville, MN; step-sons: Jacob Ellenbaum, Moorhead, MN; Luke (Kelli) Ellenbaum, Bismarck, ND; Daniel (Mandi) Ellenbaum, Rochester, MN; Roger Wayne (Camille) Huelsnitz, Jr., Queens, NY; brothers: Richard (Dawn) Adamietz, Motley, MN; Ronald (Michelle) Adamietz, Cushing, MN; sisters: Margaret (Bob) Tepley, Motley, MN; Rita (Tom) Esterl, Savage, MN, Janet (Tim) Shea, Monticello, MN; Bonnie (Donn) Milbrandt, Becker, MN; Carol (Ron) Peterson, Savage, MN; grandchildren: Jack Adamietz, Ben, Nate, Kalena, Bo, Campbell, Cannon, Emerie, Evie, and Quincy Ellenbaum; many other relatives and a host of friends.
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