Jim Tersteeg, age 88, of Bird Island died Friday, July 6, 2018 at Westview Estates Assisted Living in Buffalo Lake. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island with Rev. George Schmit as celebrant. Burial is in the church cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia with a prayer service and rosary starting at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
James Mark Tersteeg was born May 2, 1930 at Olivia, Minnesota to Bernard and Myrtle (Monson) Tersteeg. He grew up in Olivia and graduated from Olivia High School in 1948. Jim married Marlys Poseley on October 2, 1956 in Bird Island. He was the County Assessor and County Auditor for over 32 years in Renville County. Jim was active in his community serving on numerous boards and groups including: State President of the MN MAAO, Kiwanis, Catholic United Financial, Bird Island American Legion and a REA vote counter. Jim enjoyed woodworking, Minnesota Twins and Vikings, playing Cribbage, cigars, collecting buttons and “Grilling with HIGH heat.” He took tickets at the Renville County Fairgrounds for many years and was also the weather man for Renville County calling in every Monday morning for the University of Minnesota. Jim was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bird Island.
Jim is survived by his wife Marlys of Bird Island; his seven children: Ellen (and Jim) Smith of Bird Island, Nancy (and Kevin) Brennan of St. Cloud, Jill (and Greg) Granlund of Eau Claire, WI, Lynette (and Brian) Atkinson of Cottage Grove, Paula (and Randy) Keim of Madison Lake, Jean Tersteeg (and Terrence Cassidy) of Woodbury and Michael (and Leah) Tersteeg of Bird Island; his eight grandchildren: Marc (and Andrea) Granlund, Claire Granlund, John Brennan, Megan Brennan, Tom (and Katie) Hinkle, Stephen Hinkle, Braeden Tersteeg and Delaney Tersteeg; his great- grandson: Owen Hinkle along with two more great-grandchildren on the way; his two brothers: Dan Tersteeg and Andy Tersteeg; his two sisters: Joan (and Richard) Honzay and Annette Baker and his sister-in-law Loretta Tersteeg. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother Don Tersteeg.
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