James Sherlock, 96, of Oslo, MN, entered into Eternal Life on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Valley Eldercare, Grand Forks, ND, surrounded by his family.
James Michael entered this world on June 9, 1922, on the family farm in Oak Park Township, MN, one of four children born to Ray and Mae (Myrtle McKenzie) Sherlock. He spent his early childhood in Oak Park before moving to Walshville Township in North Dakota where he continued his education. He went to work on the family farm as a young boy where he learned to love being a caretaker of the land through farming.
On December 29, 1942, James was united in marriage to Alice Ljunggren, in the old St. Joseph's Church in Oslo. The couple was blessed with five children, whom they raised on the farm. He was a devoted husband and father. James was one of the first sugar beet growers in the area, working his initial 40 acres by hand. At the time of his passing he was the eldest member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. James will be remembered for his love of family, farming and his faith. He will also be remembered for his love of storytelling , the twinkle in his eye, and the smile that was forever on his face; all of which he attributed to his Irish roots. He was very proud to be Irish. Jim and Alice also loved to dance and they danced well into their 80s. They worked hard but they played too.
James is survived by his children, Carl (Ilene) Sherlock of East Grand Forks, MN, Lorraine Sherlock of Manvel, ND, Janice Smidt of Grand Forks, and Scott (Denise) Sherlock of Oslo; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 75 years, Alice, who passed away August 17, 2017; their son, Gary; his parents; his siblings, Francis Gerszewski, Raphael, and an infant brother, Edward.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 10:30 AM, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oslo, MN.
VISITATION: One hour prior to Mass.
INTERMENT: Riverside Cemetery, Oslo, MN.
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