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July 6, 2020

6/22/2020 8:41:00 AM
Shemak, James J.

James J. Shemak, age 73, of Highland, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at his home following a five-month battle with Leukemia. Jim was born in Dodgeville on November 8, 1946 to V.M. "Jim" and Doris (Knesting) Shemak. He was a 1964 graduate of the Highland High School. Jim married Judy Wienkes of Highland on April 20, 1968.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim & Doris Shemak; Judy's parents, Wilbert & Mildred Wienkes and a grandson, Mason Shemak.
Jim is survived by his wife, Judy of Highland; three children, Lori (Brett) Nagel of Greeley, IA; Mark (Marnie) Shemak of Highland and Kevin (Katie) Shemak of Hopkinton, IA; four grandchildren, Dorise and John Nagel and Sage and Tate Shemak; two brothers, Paul (Lori) Shemak of Montfort and Dave (Brenda) Shemak of Preston; Judy's siblings, Joyce (Dave) Clifton; Jim (Tawana) Wienkes; Ron Wienkes; Dave (Kathy) Wienkes; Joe (Brenda) Wienkes and John (Carol) Wienkes as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
A Memorial Mass was held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2020 at Ss. Anthony & Philip Catholic Church in Highland with Fr. Jim Murphy officiating. Visitation was held at the church from 4:00 p.m. until service time. Private inurnment was in St. Anthony's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ss. Anthony & Philip Parish, Highland EMS or the Highland Fire Dept. The McGuire-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home, Highland, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at
Funeral Home
Highland 608-929-4815

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