Dr. James R. Sevenich
Dr. James R. Sevenich, 86, Stevens Point, a longtime medical
doctor, died Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Whispering Pines Assisted Living
Center in Plover.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 17, at St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Arul Joseph V.
officiating. Burial will be at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Pisarski Funeral Home in Stevens
Point from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, and in the St. Faustina Room of the
church from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until the Mass. The Knights of Columbus will
combine with the parish to pray the rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral
Donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus building
fund or St. Peter Catholic Church.
Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
He graduated from Marquette University Medical School in
1955 and interned at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, Wash.
He served as a member of the Minnesota National Guard from 1947
to 1955, as a captain in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) from 1957 to 1959 and as a
physician at the 4169th USAF Hospital at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls,
He was married to Bernice Stanzel Sept. 11, 1954, at St.
Mary Catholic Church in Manitowoc, 61 years ago.
They moved to Stevens Point in 1958 where he went into
medical practice with Dr. W. C. Sheehan. He was in private practice until his
retirement in 1994, and during this time he delivered in excess of 4,000
He was an active member of the American Medical Association,
the Wisconsin Medical Society and the Portage County Medical Society. He was
one of the organizers of the first HMO (Healthguard) in Portage County.
He was the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference diving
champion in 1948 and 1950, and continued as an active swimming and diving
competitor in the Wisconsin Master’s Program, beginning in 1995.
He was an avid bowler for more than 20 years and served as
president of the Knights of Columbus Bowling League. He was a past Grand Knight
and an honorary lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and of the Fourth
Degree Assembly of the Knights of Columbus Council 1170.
He served as a charter member of St. Peter Catholic Church
Parish Council and as an usher at the church.
He was a Tennessee Squire since 1966 and an amateur ham
radio operator (K9QBO) with the Stevens Point Ham Radio Club.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice; six children, Stephen
(Julie), Green Bay, Gregory (Melissa), Mount Juliet, Tenn., David (Donna),
Johnston, Iowa, Scott (Jennifer), Glendale, Mark (Paula), Farmington, Minn.,
and Lisa (Daniel) Strizel, Plover; three brothers, Daniel, West Saint Paul, Minn.,
Robert, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Richard, Sandpoint, Idaho; 13 grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Suzanne