In Memory of Marie James

Celebration of life for Marie will be at a later date.

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Marie E. James of Prescott, age 102, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020 at Norris Square Gables Skilled Nursing Facility in Cottage Grove, MN.
Marie was born October 13, 1917 in Prescott, Wisconsin to John and Blanche (Northup) Reichert and was a lifelong resident of Prescott.
After graduation Marie worked at Smead Manufacturing and, in 1942 at the age of 25, she and her girlfriends moved to San Diego, California for work at Consolidated Aircraft to support the war effort. After a few days in San Diego she met Andrew “Jimmy” James USMC. Before Jimmy was to be sent overseas to the South Pacific they married in Yuma, Arizona.
Returning home to Prescott, Marie was active in the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Marie also worked at the school cafeteria in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
She is survived by her son Jerry (Betsy), daughter Susan (Ken Donohue), brother Jerry (Colleen) Reichert and sister Arlene Russell. Grandchildren Brian James and Ann Marie (Anthoney) Lewis, great grandchildren Toney and Allie Lewis and many nieces and nephews.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband Jimmy, grandson David James, her parents, sisters Doris (Donald) Becker, Marjorie (Lorenzo) Meacham and three brothers, Arthur, Wayne and Lynn (Arleda) and two nieces.
Special thanks to Norris Square, the Gables and Optage Hospice for the care Marie received over the last few years.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Marie James is being planned for a later date. Burial will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Memorials are preferred to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Prescott is assisting the family. 715-262-5404

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  • So sorry to hear about Marie passing. I had the best godparents with her and Jimmy. Like my sister Sue said, though not biological family, they were very important to us all. So many memories with Marie for so many years. She came to California for my wedding and that was so special to me. Even when my mom passed having her over for coffee was something we did when I was in Wisconsin. I am sorry that I had not written recently. She was an amazing woman who I have always looked up to. Jerry and Sue you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing, Sue. We sure probably drove her crazy after school all those days when we were at St. Joe’s!

  • I just heard of Marie’s passing. Though we are not biological family the James’ family was an important part of our extended family. Marie was so wonderful to be around my entire life. She was a true role model that I admire and think of often. I was honored to be able to attend her 100 birthday 2 years ago. She leaves an amazing legacy for her family.
    Sue and Jerry, I am thinking of you and your entire family now.

  • Just read the sad news.

    What a wonderful long life she enjoyed. It’s amazing considering how you and I terrorized Marie when growing up in Prescott!

    I’ll always remember her kindness and concern for us when we were young and adventurous.

    Considering our situation today with this virus, I thought it was best not to send a card.

    Please know that I am saddened by Marie’s passing and extend my deepest sympathy to you and Sue.