1932-2012

Jim Scherwenka, died Friday, Sept. 21 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Visitation will be held at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, with a rosary at 6 p.m.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4715 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1.

Burial will be private and at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, Ariz. 85014.

Jim was known for his wit and sense of fun, he was always the life of the party.

Jim was born in Milwaukee, Wis. on Feb. 11, 1932, a son of Joseph M. and Catherine Campbell Scherwenka.

He was a graduate of Marquette University and a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. Jim served in the Army Signal Corps.

Jim married Patricia Spilman in 1955. Jim, Pat and their baby daughter Sandy moved to Phoenix in 1959. Jim spent his working career in the insurance industry.

Some of Jim’s most cherished memories were with family and friends in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, where he was fondly known as Jaime. Special thank you to Margaret Schwabe, R.N., Pat’s sister, who came from Iowa to help care for Jim.

Jim is survived by his wife Pat, his son Scott, his daughter Sandy (Scott Owens), four grandchildren, Mariah, Corbin, Cory and Eliah, former daughter-in-law Corrine Rodriguez, brother Tom (Kandy), cousins Bill Scherwenka (Lori), Margaret Hitt (Dick), sisters-in-law Margaret Schwabe (the late Richard DVM) and Van Murphy (Tom), many nieces and nephews and many friends in Phoenix and Wisconsin.