James S. Friesenhahn, 84, of Taylor, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.
James was born May 17, 1935, in Three Rivers (Texas), to Dorothy and Hugo Frie-senhahn. He was the third child of two brothers and two sisters, and a devout Ro-man Catholic.
As a child, he attended school in a one-room school in Panna Maria along with his siblings, in addition to working on the family farm. He graduated from St. Mary’s of the Assumption High School in Taylor, where he met Genevieve Tomsu.
James was drafted into the Army shortly thereafter, where he was stationed in Ko-rea. After an honorable discharge from the Army, James and Genevieve married June 11, 1960, at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Taylor, and had two daughters, Theresa and Dianne.
James’ professional career spanned 33 years at the Texas Highway Department, where he traveled extensively throughout the state of Texas preparing bridge cost estimates and bridge projects for letting. Additionally, he developed railroad flash-ing light signal programs as well as the handling and inspection of all phases of project development to final railroad inspections.
Upon his retirement in 1993, James and Genevieve traveled the U.S. and abroad, attending countless polka festivals, polka dancing (his love) and enjoying wonderful German and Czech music and food.
James was a member of the St. Louis Knights of Columbus, Councils #2244 and #5967, Austin, Texas; Associate Member of the KJT #112, Austin Texas; Catholic Life Insurance Union member; St. Anne’s Altar Society, Taylor, Texas; and past member of the Williamson County Beekeepers Association.
Of his many hobbies, his favorites included gardening, fishing, beekeeping and polka music.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo and Dorothy Friesenhahn; brother, Wilburn Friesenhahn; and sisters, Barbara Friesenhahn and Anne Hilde-brand.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Genevieve Tomsu Friesenhahn of Taylor; daughter, Theresa Veilleux and husband, Marty; daughter, Dianne Friesenhahn; and brother Larry Friesenhahn and wife, Joanne Crawley; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The Friesenhahn family would like to express our sincere appreciation and deep gratitude to the staff, numerous caregivers, as well as Tranquility Hospice at Georgetown Living Certified Alzheimer’s Facility for the care, compassion and dig-nity given to James during his stay. Our loving thanks to each of you who cared for and assisted him, especially during his final days.
Visitation and rosary will be held Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Provi-dence Funeral Home, 807 Carlos Parker Blvd NW in Taylor.
Funeral mass will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Assump-tion Catholic Church, 301 E. Fourth Street in Taylor, with Rev. Keith Koehl officiat-ing.
Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Church Cemetery on Old Thorndale Road in Taylor. Following the burial, the family will host a reception in James’ honor at S.P.J.S.T. Hall, 5025 FM619, in Taylor. All are invited to attend.