James R. “Jim” Pustina
James R. “Jim” Pustina, age 86, of Cobb, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Upland Hills Health following a brief illness. Jim was born on “the 4th month, the 8th day of 1930” in Highland, the only child of Joseph and Marie (Motelet) Pustina. He attended Highland High School, graduating in 1948. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, 2nd Infantry from 1951- 1952 and was awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action during the Korean Conflict Battle for Heartbreak Ridge. Jim married Marilyn Menke of Highland on June 21, 1954 and they were blessed with 55 years together. They lived in Cobb and Jim worked in construction for Ryan Inc. In 1958, they founded Pustina Construction and operated it until passing it on to their four sons and retiring in 1994. He was a member of Ss. Anthony & Philip Parish and the McGuire-Longmeier V.F.W. #9440. He was a proud and brave soldier with a huge heart. He loved his family most of all, especially the many special celebrations at Sorghum Valley Farm. He also enjoyed vacationing in Northern Wisconsin and boating on the Mississippi River.
His life changed forever on February 23, 2010 with the loss of his beloved wife, Marilyn. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a daughter-in-law, Keri Pustina and a special cousin, Donald W. Pustina.
Proud parents of eight children, Jim is survived by Judy (Roger) McKinney of Bagley; Jane (Jeff) Jelinek of Richland Center; Peter Pustina of Livingston; Dan (Peg) Pustina of Cobb; Lynn (Randy) Megonigle of Waunakee; Michael (Tami) Pustina of Cobb; Tom (Julie) Pustina of Montfort and Jody (Jim) Krier of Sun Prairie; 17 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Hying of Dodgeville and Lorraine Menke of Highland as well as nieces, nephews and many friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Ss. Anthony & Philip Catholic Church in Highland with Fr. Jim Murphy officiating. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and after 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.
Jim’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to his wonderful home care providers, the staffs of Atrium Acute Care and Upland Hills Health for their outstanding, kind and compassionate care.
He leaves a lasting and colorful legacy, He will be greatly missed and long remembered. Our family’s greatest storyteller has passed on.
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