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James S. Carroll
(April 11, 1925 - February 23, 2014)

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James S. Carroll

James Soisson Carroll, 88, of Mendota passed away Feb. 23, 2014, in his home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Holy Cross Church, Mendota with the Rev. Fredi Gomez Torres officiating. Burial will follow at Restland Cemetery, Mendota with military rites by VFW Post 4079. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Thursday in Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. He was born April 11, 1925, in Portage, Wis., to John F. and Anena (Soisson) Carroll. He married Marjorie Black on June 27, 1946, in Mendota. They met while Jim was on leave from the U.S. Navy in 1944 and Marge was a student at the University of Wisconsin. Jim was a Naval aircraft carrier fighter pilot during World War II. In 1949 he received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Jim and Marge, along with four other alumni couples, attended every one of the Wisconsin homecoming football games from 1946- 2003, 57 straight years. Jim was president and chief executive officer of Black Bros. Co. in Mendota 1957-1995. Black Bros. is Mendota’s oldest family-owned manufacturing firm, founded in 1882. He remained involved in the company as chairman of the board until the time of his death. Jim was deeply involved in the community. He was a founding board member of Mendota Junior Tackle football program, member of Holy Cross Parish, Mendota Elks Lodge, Mendota American Legion, served as president of Mendota Lions Club and president of Mendota Golf Club. His term on the Mendota Community Hospital Board of Directors spanned 40 years. Jim enjoyed traveling, golf, reading, fishing and spending time with his family on Swan Lake in Wisconsin. In 1998, Jim and his wife Marge were recipients of the H.D. Hume Outstanding Service Award and in 2005 were honored as Grand Marshals of the 58th annual Sweet Corn Festival parade. They also were named “Trailblazers” by Mendota Museum and Historical Society. Jim is survived by his wife; three sons, Dr. John Carroll of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., Robert (Emily) Carroll of Chicago and Matt (Kristi) Carroll of Mendota; 10 grandchildren, Ian, Nick, Adam, Grace, Evan, James, Brooke, Frank, Megan and Bria; two greatgrandchildren, Kaden and Billy; and one sister, Eleanor Humphrey of Portage, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marian Bohn; and a daughter-in-law, Dr. Eugenia Carroll. Pallbearers will be Pat Reeder, Ian Carroll, Nick Carroll, Adam Carroll, Evan Carroll and James Carroll. Memorials may be directed to Holy Cross Church or Mendota Community Hospital.


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