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James Louis Charais

July 6, 1933 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 88)


            James Louis Charais, 88, of Chippewa Falls, went to his savior on Friday, November 12, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loving family under the care of Mayo Clinic Hospice.

            James was born July 6, 1933, in Gary, Indiana, the son of Nicholas John and Eva Marie (Dione) Charais. Jim graduated from Tony, WI He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from March 25, 1953 to March 18, 1955 as a PFC.

            On May 2nd, 1964, James married the love of his life, Carolyn Ann Stahnke at St. Patrick’s Church in Eau Claire. He worked for AT&T for 39 ½ years. He was a member of St. Olaf Church, Eau Claire.

            James is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn; three sons, Anthony (Stacy) of Greenville, WI, Joseph (Erika) of Green Bay and John (Larissa) of Oconomowoc; one daughter, Angela (Matthew) Guralski of Weston; two brothers, Patrick (Diane) Charais and John “Jack” Charais; one sister, Carol Sheeran; 14 grandchildren, and one and a half great grandchildren.

            James was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert “Bud” Charais; and five sisters, Mary Lou Kostka, Rita Lachowin, Celina Verdegan, Mildred Vanderloop and Theresa Vojtasek.

            Funeral services will be held at 11 am Saturday, November 20 at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Eau Claire. Rev. James Kurzynski will be officiating. Interment will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in the town of Tilden

            Friends may call from 4 – 7 pm Friday, November 19 at the Horan Funeral Home, Chippewa Falls and one hour before the services at the church.


Funeral services for James Louis Charais were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 20 at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Eau Claire.

            Rev. James Kurzynski was celebrant of the funeral Mass and officiated at the prayers of interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery in the town of Tilden.

            Music during the Mass was provided by Jan Liedl and the St. Olaf Funeral Choir. Readings were given by Cathy Carchedi and Jaclyn Cliver. Gift bearers were given by Andrea, and Brittney Charais and Danielle Guralski. A reflection was given by Anthony Charais.

            Casket bearers were Daniel, Jon, Josh and Nathan Charais, Isaac and Nicholas Guralski.


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November 19, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Horan Funeral Home (Chippewa Falls)
420 Bay Street
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729

Funeral Mass
November 20, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Olaf Catholic Church in Eau Claire

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