Jim Postudensek of Duluth and Lake Vermilion, MN., passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on November 13, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals. Jim was born July 10, 1939 in Eveleth, Minn., to Louis and Mafalda (Lanari) Postudensek. Active in baseball, football, and playing the accordion, he graduated in 1957 from Roosevelt High School in Virginia, MN. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from St. Cloud State College and a master’s degree in education administration from University of Wisconsin - Superior. His teaching career began in Buhl, MN, where he worked for six years before moving to Casper, Wyoming, to teach for one year. He taught in Duluth until his retirement in 1996.
Jim loved fishing and hunting. He was a legendary fishing guide on Lake Vermilion and Trout Lake, earning the title of “Fish Whisperer.” He was also a skilled duplicate bridge player who achieved the level of American Contract Bridge League Life Master. Jim was loved and respected by his family, generations of students, fishing partners, and all who knew him. He will be missed.
Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma (Folkedal) Postudensek, daughter Lynne (Peter Hart) Postudensek Hart, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, son Mark (Paula Meyer) Postudensek of Ham Lake, MN, grandchildren Stella (Addison Benzshawel) Hart of Iowa City, IA, Roland Hart of Brooklyn, NY, Ellen Postudensek of Duluth, MN, Eddie and Anthony Postudensek of Ham Lake, MN, sister Judy (Bob) Theis of Burnsville, MN, brother Tom (Pam) Postudensek of Virginia, MN and other relatives and friends throughout the country.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday November 21, 2018 from 10AM until the 11AM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. 1419 St. Benedict St. Duluth, MN 55811. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home. 600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, Mn 55805. 218-727-3555.