Jim reached the finish line of his earthly marathon and was born to Eternal Life on November 3, 2020 at the age of 77. Loving and caring husband of Cona (nee Ziino) for 45 joyful years; cherished father of Maria (Ryan) Wilhelm; beloved granddad of Isabella and Joe; dear brother of Lyle (Lynda) Bahr, Phyllis (Fritz) Balmer, Joe (Pauline) Bahr and Ken (Cindy) Bahr; dear brother-in-law of Tony (Nancy) Ziino, Vince (Nancy) Ziino and Mario (Patricia) Ziino; treasured uncle to many nieces and nephews; and valued friend to countless others, including fellow marathon runners. Jim is reunited in Paradise with his dear parents Joseph and Della Bahr and in-laws Salvatore and Carmela Ziino.
Born in La Crosse, WI, Jim attended West Salem High School and graduated from UW-La Crosse with a teaching degree. Earned a master’s degree in Special Education from UW-Milwaukee. He taught in the New Berlin School District for over 25 years at Glen Park Elementary School and New Berlin Middle School. Was a longtime girls’ basketball, cross country and soccer coach in New Berlin.
An avid marathon runner, Jim participated in many statewide races well into his 70s, including in each of the first 35 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathons, medaling in 28 of them and winning in his age group 12 times. He also qualified to run in three Boston Marathons. He was a member of the Badgerland Striders Club Long Series Champions. Jim also enjoyed gardening and following his favorite sports teams, the Badgers, Packers and Brewers. He was most proud of his grandchildren and their educational and athletic endeavors, particularly swimming, gymnastics, basketball and baseball and rooted them on from near and far.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and the caregivers at Zilber Family Hospice for their compassionate kindness. A Christian Burial Mass will be held at Holy Apostles Church in New Berlin on November 13th. Visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the church narthex followed by the mass. The service will be live-streamed by visiting https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl2onAM5W4_ROL5XmhGh23Q Please stay safe and practice social distancing.
Private entombment to follow for family at Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, Holy Apostles or to a charity of your choosing in Jim’s name.