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James M.

Kupferschmidt, James M. “Jim”
Lost his 1 year battle with cancer on September 16, 2014 at the age of 50 years. Survived by his best friend Nancy Markowski “Nurse Ratchet”, his dog Buddy, cousins Patricia (late Robert) Marshall, Barbara (Michael) Suter, and Robert (Sandra) Borlik. Also survived by other relatives and many, many friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents LaVerne and John Kupferschmidt and his brother Kenneth.

Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, from 4-6 PM, at St. Augustine Catholic Church (6762 W. Rogers St.). Mass of Christian Burial at 6 PM. Memorial reception and Celebration of Jim’s life to follow. Jim’s interment will be amongst the beer barons that he so admired at Forest Home Cemetery on Tuesday at 11 AM (meet at cemetery office).

Jim was an “old soul”. He loved old cars, almost anything collectable, old ghost movies, The Rat Pack, The Beatles, and the history of Milwaukee, especially Milwaukee’s rich beer history. He started the Milwaukee Beer Museum and gave tours at Forest Home Cemetery sharing the personal history of each and every beer baron. He was also passionate about Jones Island and the Kashube’s that settled there. Jim loved everything old about Milwaukee, the “Old Neighborhood”, old taverns, and the oldest bowling alley. He was an avid sports fan especially of the Brewers, Packers, and Indy racing.

Many thanks to the friends and family who helped make Jim’s final days comfortable. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the American Cancer Society or the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

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Karen Allen

Love your story, Mike! He’s a beautiful soul who made people smile with his own. Xo

Cathy Wenz

I am so sorry to hear about Jim! He was such a good friend of both Rai & I. I still remember celebrating his 21st birthday at the White House & so many other good times. It seems, wherever we ended up in Bay View, we would run into Jimmy! We will miss you so much!
Cathy & Andy Wenz

Charles Johnson

All well said! He is missed……………………….

Sly Orlowski

This is a “TRUE” story –
It was my distinct honor and privilege to know Jim for many years…He will be dearly missed as will as all his TRUE stories…RIP Jim

Brian Janssen

Jim was always smiling, laughing and joking. One of the most generous, sincere humans that I have ever met. I will miss you Jim.

Paul Lampone

Jim was one if the funniest guys and a great friend to many. My condolences to his family.

Bonnie Krah

The world has lost a wonderful man. His non-stop chatter, laced with jokes, was always a delight, making all of us laugh so hard we’d cry. Today we’ll cry for an entirely different reason. Enjoy being back with Dick, Jim. Give him my love.

Bonnie Krah

Tom Haefke

Seems like Jim and I have been friends forever but it’s only been a few years. He was a very big part of our lives, especially at the Holler House. His “beer barons tour” in October was always something that people looked forward to, and no one could do that tour better than Jimmy. His knowledge of beers, bowling, back bars, and love of Milwaukee will be hard to duplicate. I used to give him a lot of grief during our 100 year anniversary party about Marcy saying thank God for Jim Kupferschmidt. Today all I can say is thank you God for Jim Kuperschmidt, he meant a lot to many, many people.

Karen Allen

Love your story, Mike! He’s a beautiful soul who made people smile with his own. Xo

Rick Goldberg

Very sad news. Jim and I went to grade school together at St. Augustine. The last time I saw Jim was at a St. Augustine Festival, about 10 years ago. Probably should have done a better job of staying in touch with Jim, he was always a great guy.

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