James E. O’Connor, 70, of Elkhorn and formerly of Delavan, passed away on Jan. 23, 2022, at Aurora Medical Center Summit.

He was born in West Bend on March 25, 1951, to Kenneth and Evelyn (Waters) O’Connor. Jim was united in marriage to Judith Kret on June 18, 1993, at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Delavan. Judy passed away on Oct. 29, 2015.

Jim worked at AJ’s for 30 years and then at Goodwill. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and also volunteered at the Harold Johnson Food Pantry in Delavan. Jim enjoyed playing darts and cheering on the local sports teams.

Jim is survived by his two sons, Matthew O’Connor and Christopher O’Connor; two step-daughters, Gwen Carlson and Margaret Sperlader; six sisters, Cathy (James) Giese, of Lake Geneva, Sue DeMarasse, of Janesville, Mary (Pat Ryan) O’Connor, of Janesville, Karen Steward, of Mazomanie, Patti (Skip) Soukup, of Delavan, and Dianna O’Connor (John), of Glenbeulah; and many nieces and nephews.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Judy; his parents; brother-in-law, Rene DeMarasse; and nephew, Jeremy.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 28 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, 137 Dewey Avenue in Fontana. Burial took place at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sauk City. Memorials can be directed to Lakeland School. Monroe Funeral Home is assisting the family.


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