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James F. 'Pep' Pepelnjak

Age: 50

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Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2005 12:00 am

SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, with the Rev. John O’Donnell as celebrant. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. Memorials preferred to American Heart Association, Legal Aid of Northeast Minnesota or to Holy Spirit Catholic Church of Virginia. Local arrangements by Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.


James F. “Pep’’ Pepelnjak, 50, of Milwaukee, Wis., died Monday, Feb. 14, 2005, unexpectedly at his home.

He was born June 19, 1954, in Virginia to Frank and Joyce (Cardoni) Pepelnjak and grew up there. He was a graduate of Virginia High School, the University of Minnesota, Stetson Law School in St. Petersburg, Fla., and received a master’s degree in labor relations at the University of Minnesota.

Jim was very pro-labor in his beliefs and fought for open meetings and open records access. He was in private practice in Virginia; worked for the Chicago Housing Authority; was human resources director for Great Lakes Transport of Chicago; and joined Journal Communications Inc. in 1992 as labor relations manager. He was a member of the Northern Club and Italian-American Club, both of Virginia.

Survivors include two sons, John and Edward Pepelnjak, both of Lake Forest, Ill.; his mother, Joyce Pepelnjak, of Virginia; three sisters, Joy Marie (Peter) Wollenzien of River Falls, Wis., Wendy (Brad) Senarighi of Gilbert and Mary (Mark) Rozier of Virginia; a special friend, Elizabeth Jordan, of Lake Geneva, Wis.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; father, Frank “Wando’’ Pepelnjak; a sister, Wanda Joy; and a brother, Alex Steven.

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