James Jerome Mastey, 83, Pulaski, peacefully passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at home surrounded by family. The son of Florian and Agnes (Jankowski) Mastey was born October 30, 1937, at home in Laney, the oldest of 14 children. Jim was a 1955 graduate of Seymour High School. On February 16, 1957, James married Shirley Allen in Shiocton. He was a longtime member of Assumption B.V.M. Parish in Pulaski.
Jim always liked to stay busy. Following high school, he was a milk tester for Outagamie County. At one time, he drove school bus, worked at Fort Howard Paper, and farmed. Eventually he poured all of his energy into working the dairy farm. It was difficult to pull Jim away from the farm, but he did manage to take camping trips with his family.
Jim was a quiet man with a great sense of humor. He was very proud of his family and all their accomplishments. He could often be heard saying, “It’s not how much time you have, it’s what you do with the time.”
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Shirley; children: Rhonda (John) Athey, Pulaski, Kathleen (Dan) Ferfecki, Pulaski, Jeffrey (Brenda) Mastey, Black Creek, Kevin (Sue) Mastey, Pulaski, Gregory (Lisa) Mastey, Bonduel, Dominic (Jamie) Mastey, Bonduel, Monica (Mike) Rudnick, Pulaski and Gerard Mastey, Green Bay. He is further survived by 21 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; nine siblings, Dan (Marge), Gerald (Sophie), Marilyn (John), Betty, Barb, Pat, Steve (Lynn), Stanley and Sharon; brother-in-law, Steve (Julie); sister-in-law, Dianne; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Mastey; two great-grandchildren: Riley and Madeline; four brothers: Kenny, Chester, Vernon and John; Shirley’s parents: Andrew and Elsie Allen; brothers-in-law: Jim, Dwayne, Jim, Rony and William; and sister-in-law, Judy.
Guests will be required to properly wear a mask and respect social distancing guidelines. Friends are invited to gather with the family from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 119 E Pulaski St., Pulaski, with a closing prayer service at 5:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday from 10-11 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Fr. Carmen Scuderi, O.F.M. presiding. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the parish Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Assumption-BVM-St-Stanislaus-St-Casimir-Parish-Family-89119956934
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Unity Hospice and Christian Servants Home Care, especially Brittany, for the compassionate care provided to Jim. They would also like to thank his granddaughter, Nurse Ashlie for expert advice and all the delicious cake.
Since it might not be possible to be with the family in person, you are welcome to send any cards of condolence to the funeral home (make sure you put the family’s name on the outside envelope and your return address) and we will forward your cards and messages to the Mastey family. Marnocha Funeral Home, P.O. Box 356 Pulaski, WI 54162