Well-Known Former Association Executive Jim Niesen Passes at the Age of 94
The following obituary was submitted to Printing Impressions.
Jim Niesen was born on Aug. 14, 1926 in Chicago to Thomas and Helen Niesen, he was one of five children. He grew up in Edison Park, Ill.
Jim proudly served his country in France in WWII.
He met his bride Pauline in 1949 in Rochester, Minn. They married on Oct. 14, 1950 and had five children.
They moved to Rolling Meadows, Ill., a suburb of Chicago and he was a founding member of both Rolling Meadows and St. Colette’s Catholic Church. He loved playing golf, was active in his community serving on the police commission and as an alderman. He was a reader and Eucharistic minister at his church.
Jim's career began at the family printing business, setting type and running presses. When he retired at the age of 70, he was the executive director of the Binding Industries of America and executive VP of Printing Industries of Illinois.
He and Pauline moved to The Villages Florida in 2002 where they enjoyed golf, evenings at the square, and great friends.
Jim Niesen never met a stranger. Everyone was a friend. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was known for his jokes. He would say he had a fantastic mind for worthless information. His greatest pleasure was his wife, children, grandchildren, and his many friends. He was a mentor to many, an adviser to some, and a friend to all.
Jim is survived by his wife, Pauline and his five children, Reverend Marianne Niesen (Rev. Lyle Hamilton), Mike Niesen (Melissa Crenshaw), Tom Niesen (Sherri), Laura Vargas (John) and Kathie Niesen (Joe Hargett). His grandchildren Travis Trapp, Kayla Niesen, Brandi Niesen, Jim Niesen (Pamela), Jared Vargas, Rev. Kama Hamilton Morton (Doug), Dr. Kaleb Hamilton (Kimra), Jessica Boyd, and five great-grandchildren.
His amazing life will be celebrated on Sunday, May 16, at the Savannah Center in The Villages Florida from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shepherd’s Lighthouse, Belleview, Fla., St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or a charity of your choice.