|(Tuesday - December
08, 2020) - James R. Cousineau, age 87, passed away on Saturday December
5, at Maryhill Manor in Niagara.
Jim was born January 21, 1933 in
Iron Mountain, the son of Mabel and Joseph Cousineau. He was raised on
the family farm, along with 10 brothers and sisters in Fordville and
graduated from Felch High School in 1951.
Following high school
Jim remained on the farm where eventually he and his brother Melvin
operated the family farm, along with their families, which eventually
became a potato farm. It is still in the family and operated by his
nephew Jeff Cousineau and his family. In 1977 Jim sold his portion of
the farm to his brother and began his own logging business, clear
cutting and hauling logs to area mills, until his retirement. Also,
during this time, he bought and ran his own sawmill and sold beautiful
wood and paneling for many folks' building projects.
Cecile Gauthier on August 9, 1958 and together they shared 49 years of
marriage until Cecile's death in 2007. They raised four daughters -
Karen, Janice, Lynn and Susan.
In the late 70's Jim and Cecile
eventually began building a lake house, all with his own logs and
paneling on the Stromberg's back waters in Hardwood. Their home was the
first one on the lake. While living there, they enjoyed many years with
their children and families getting together just to enjoy the lake and
A tradition was started every labor day to have a pig
roast at the lake where many family and friends came to have a good
time. Music was always part of the fun. Jim was the life of the party
and eventually became known for his talents at playing his homemade
stomper, which he has played for many years, especially at the many
local music festivals. He was a hard worker, but knew how to have fun.
To say Jim was sociable, is an understatement. His smile radiated a
room. If you didn't know Jim, by the end of the day, he would have
become your best friend. His love for life shown through his smile.
Someone once said, "If a smile is love, nobody loved like Jim!"
Throughout the years Jim also enjoyed snowmobiling, taking rides on his
pontoon, and camping and of course the yearly November hunting camp.
During his last years Jim could be heard saying, "I lived a good
Jim was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of
Foster City, where he was very involved in committees throughout the
years, the Knights of Columbus and was a Eucharistic Minister. For many
years he was in charge of the cooking of the famous "Church Chicken"
that was barbecued every year for the annual church picnic.
also served as Breen Township supervisor and assessor for 25 plus years.
He was an avid North Dickinson Nordic and Greenbay Packer fan.
He is survived by his four daughters, Karen Bougie of Escanaba,
Janice (Bill) Goudreau of Kingsford, Lynn (Darrell) Oman of Felch and
Sue (Tom) VanHulla of Niagara; his brother Melvin Cousineau who resides
at the ICMCF in Crystal Falls, Melvin's wife Lorraine of Hardwood and
his sister in law Louise Legault of Escanaba.
Also surviving are
his grandchildren: Brandy Bougie, Cole Bougie, Mike (Aimee) Cousineau,
Ryan Goudreau, Adam (Alysa) Goudreau, Amanda Goudreau, Marie (Travis)
Johnson, Emily Oman, Brittany Oman, Joe (Caroline) VanHulla, and James
Also, great grandchildren: Maggie, Mya,
Georgia, Malechi, Maddielynn, Maliah, Rylee, Gracelynn, Jaz, Alijah,
Ashton, Landon, Izzy, Rhett, Mason, Lexee, Marlee, Averie, and Max.
In addition to his parents, Mabel and Joe and his loving wife
Cecile, Jim was preceded in death by his son in law Dan Bougie, his
sisters, Camellia, Lorraine, Mayme, June, Eileen, Francis and Beverly
and his brothers, Donald and John.
Jim's family would like to
thank the staff at Maryhill Manor for the loving care given to him. You
are all angels, and he was so blessed to have you as his caregivers.
Visitation will be on Saturday, December 12th from
9:00 until 10:30 AM at St. Joseph Church in Foster City. Everyone
attending the visitation is asked to wear a mask and practice social
distancing while inside the church. Private funeral services are being
held. Fr. Daryl Pepin will offer the Mass of Christian burial. Burial
will be in the Foster City Cemetery.
Condolences to the family of
James Cousineau may be expressed online at:
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of
Iron Mountain with the arrangements.