James J. Nierengarten


Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for James “Jim” J. Nierengarten, age 96, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Dec. 16, 2023, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Tom Knoblach officiated and burial was at the parish cemetery. Visitation Dec. 20 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the service at the church. Parish prayers were at the funeral home.

 Jim Nierengarten was born March 1, 1927, in Sauk Rapids to Peter and Mary (Collignon) Nierengarten. He proudly served our country in the United States Army. Jim married Marge (Scheierl) Nierengarten Sept. 15, 1962, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. He owned and operated a private practice as an accountant. James later owned and operated Stearns County Abstract until 1989 when he retired. Jim had a strong faith and was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jim was a hard worker and was well respected with his business. He enjoyed playing cards, reading and staying up to date on current events. He will be remembered for his humble and soft-spoken nature, quick wit and intelligence. Above all, Jim cherished the time he spent with his family. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

 Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years Marge; children Melanie (Bob) Walz of Cold Spring, David Nierengarten of St. Cloud, Brenda (Jim) Dingmann of St. Cloud, and Rick Nierengarten of Minneapolis; grandchildren Karlee (Ryan) Olson, Ellie (Will) DuPont, Jennifer (Raul) Garza, and Mikaela Dingmann; four great-grandsons; sister Jean Anderson; sister-in-law Mary Nierengarten; and many nieces, nephews, friends and family. He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings Philip, John, Margaret Justin, Arthur, William, Carl, Peter, Walter, Clara Goenner, Lawrence and Laura.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Bell Tower Fund or Cathedral High School.

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