James Magnan, OFM Cap.
January 21, 1943 - November 5, 2019
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Mount Calvary, WI 53057
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James (formerly Lawrence) Magnan, Capuchin friar, died on November 5, 2019, at the age of 76. Jim was born in Milwaukee in 1943, the son of Clarence and Monica (née Kinley) Magnan. He was invested in the Capuchin habit in 1962, and perpetually professed in 1966. Jim ministered as a nurse in Wausau, Wisconsin, Crown…

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Mary Borgman Hansen left a message on November 11, 2019:
Brother Jim and I went to Sacred Heart School Of Practical Nursing, graduating in 1968. You were one of the most caring, kind and dear men I have known. We had a great time and fun at Sacred Heart. I haven’t seen you for many years, but I thought of you often. Rest In Peace Brother Jim and God willing I will see you again in heaven.
Danny Olinger left a message on November 11, 2019:
Jimmy “Milkman” you came into my life 12 yrs ago and never left. We had many adventures and travels together. You were full of life and touched those you can in contact with. Always easy to converse with since you lived a life full of unique opportunities.

I remember when we visited my parents in Eau Claire for the first time. I was nervous about introducing you to my folks due to my “circumstance”. You made the meeting very easy and my parents grew to love you as did the rest of my family and friends.

Your last visit for 40 days with me here in Florida was special even though it seemed we were always on the run to the hospital for Jim, Lou, myself and you.
We always made the most of our time together and it was difficult to see you go back to Chicago though we communicated daily for 12 yrs.

Remember our times with Donnie and many New Years Eve outing together.

Hope you’re having a Gin and Tonic and watching over me now.

I love you and will remember forever

When you can give me the sign sweet one.

Mark Crowley SLS ‘76 left a message on November 10, 2019:
May you Rest In Peace, Br. Jim.
I was a student informaríat SLS during my junior and senior years where I learned that it’s hard work to be truly compassionate as Br. Jim was. I learned many life lessons under his tutelage.

My condolences to his family and and to his Capuchins brothers. I Celebrate his life not his death.
Jim Riesterer SLS ‘76, RN, BSN 81-15 left a message on November 10, 2019:
Long before I entered the profession, this Brother in Christ taught me that Loving meant Caring. A concept that still requires doctrinal acceptance. It appears to me that people are looking for a Human Operators Guide. Br Jim taught me that we were born with it, contained in our Souls. I was privileged to practice 37+ yrs as a Professional Nurse. Br. Jim Magnan was always w/me.
Peace be everlasting, Joy in the memories for both families. “Home at last. Home at last...”
Crowley ‘76 left a message on November 10, 2019:
That would be *infirmarian, apparently not part of the modern digital lexicon.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
[email protected] left a message on November 10, 2019:
RIP my true friend. I'll miss you here on earth but I will meet up with you again in Heaven. Your the bestest man I've ever met.
Louis left a message on November 10, 2019:
Brother Jim was one of the nicest people anyone could meet. Always kind and always had a good word and great personality. He also referred me to a great Dr. When I 1st got sick and she spoke highly of him. My Condolences goes out to hos family. Rest In Heaven my brother.
Gary Hresil left a message on November 8, 2019:
Besides being my dear friend, Jim was a blessing to me when I was the Prior at St. Rita Monastery. After Jim left Mercy Hospital as a member of the pastoral care team for over 20 years, Jim came to work for the Augustinians at St. Rita High School, Chicago. Br.Jim's ministry at St. Rita HS & Monastery can not go unmentioned. Jim was the cook for the Augustinians Monastery for over six years, his meals were excellent and always done with care. he could could prepare a meal for 4 as well as 24 at times, and did an awesome job at it. Jim also ministered as a receptionist at the front desk, when he wasn't working at the school's Mustang Store, treating students and parents with kindness. Jim touched many lives in his ministries, he will not be forgotten. Till we meet again Brother !
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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