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Professor James A. Thrams, 90, of Watertown, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019.

He was born on Sept. 24, 1928, to Walter and Margaret (nee Zier) Thrams in Watertown. On June 21, 1953, he married the former Lucille Huebner at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Watertown. He was a graduate of Northwestern Preparatory, Northwestern College, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary School. He worked in pastoral ministry for 13 years at Grace Lutheran in Muskegon Heights, Michigan and St. Mathew’s in Janesville. From 1966-1997, he taught as a professor at Northwestern Preparatory School.

He was a member of the St. Mark’s Male Choir, St. Mark’s Owls, and was on several boards at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. He was a faithful member of his church and devoted his life to the Lord. James enjoyed reading, stamp collecting, fishing with his sons, traveling, camping and gardening.

He is survived by his children, Jerome (Patti) Thrams of Concord, Linda (Rev. Mark) Sattler of Las Vegas, Nevada, David (Jane) Thrams of Mauston, Gregory (Elizabeth) Thrams of Watertown, Judith Thrams of Citrus Heights, California; grandchildren, Abigail Thrams, Marika Thrams, Taedra Thrams, Jennifer (John) Webber, Nichole (Fred) Baumgartner, Marcia (Denae) DuCharme, Melissa (Gregory) Wollin, Margaret (Mark) Crowley, Sarah (Justin) Messer, Andrew Thrams, James (Melissa) Thrams, Thomas (Kendalyn) Thrams; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 61 years, Lucille Thrams; siblings-in-law, Mabel Kube, Dorthy Dobratz, Otto Huebner, Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 615 Jones St., Watertown, with Rev. Peter Wells officiating. Family and friends may gather from 6-8 p.m. Friday May 17, 2019, at Hafemeister Funeral Home, 611 E. Main St., Watertown, and at 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the church. Burial will take place at Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.

Memorials, if desired, may be directed to St. Mark’s Church, St. Mark’s School, Luther Preparatory School, Heritage Homes or Rainbow Hospice.

Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family.

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