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James B. Fitzl

James B. Fitzl

October 10, 2010

James Brennan Fitzl, 62, of Eau Claire, died peacefully Sunday, October 10, 2010, at Clairemont  Nursing & Rehab Center in Eau Claire.

He was born March 27, 1948, in Eau Claire, the son of Ted R. and Margareth A. (Semingson) Fitzl.  James graduated in 1966 from Eau Claire Memorial High School, and went on to attain a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.   He served in the U.S Air Force from April 9, 1973, until his honorable discharge on September 6, 1984.  

James was very active with the Beaver Creek Reserve, serving most recently as the observatory coordinator.  He will be fondly remembered by friends who knew him through the Reserve and his activities in nature photography and ham radio.

James is survived by his daughter, Deborah Varol; and granddaughter, Melisa Varol, of New Mexico.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife Katherine.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 15, 2010, at Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire with Pastor Rolf Nestingen officiating.  Military Rites conducted by American Legion Post #53 will immediately follow the service.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.  To send online condolences, please visit www.chippewavalleycremation.com.

Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church, 202 W. Grand Ave., Eau Claire, WI  54703.


Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 15, 2010, at Forest Hill Cemetery in Eau Claire.

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  • Jennifer (Glass) Hansen To Debbie (Fitzl) Varol,

    I was so sad to hear about your mother passing. My mom called me and told me. I was trying to get a note to you through the website in the newspaper. Then she called again and told me of your father. Again, so sad to lose both parents so close together.
    I have been wanting to find you for years. Under better circumstances for sure! I forgot your married name and lost track. I mailed a few letters to you mom and dad so I don’t know if you got them?
    I hope you and your daughter are doing well. I hope to hear from you soon. I miss my old doubles partner…not that I play much tennis anymore!
    I have an almost 7 year old son and hope to get to meet your daughter! Call me or write!
    Jennifer (Glass) Hansen
    605 E 145th St
    Burnsville MN 55337

    October 20 at 10:16am

  • Steven Lange I am so shocked to hear of Jim's passing. Deborah, you may not remember me, but Jim was my best friend through Jr. High, High School and College. We spend 1000's of hours playing pool, bowling, biking, canoeing, games, photography (we both had dark rooms), astronomy, electronics (high school class and building radios) and ice skating. We took a trip together to the world’s fair in Montreal and another to Texas to visit my sister and swim in the Gulf of Mexico. We built our first telescopes together when in college and observed with them. I was his best man at his wedding. I moved away after college and Jim joined the Air Force so we saw less of each other, although I did visit him in California and back east during his service time. After college, I relocated to Arizona and lately to California, so we didn’t see much of each other. Butt, Jim was a big help to my aging parents in Eau Claire when I wasn’t around. I will really miss him and my feelings go out to you Deborah.

    October 18 at 11:52am

  • Jon Dannehy We shared many beautiful nights under a starry sky, I shall treasure these memories always.

    October 15 at 4:37am

  • Ardys Lundmark-Van Valkenburg Deborah, what a shock to learn of the death of both of your parents in such a short span of time. My sincere sympathies to to you and your daughter Melissa.
    Kathy's father, Albert Lundmark, was a brother to my father, Frank. We have done genealogy on the families.
    Again, I am so sorry for what has happened.

    October 14 at 10:51AM

  • Emmett Kyle 73's OM. The stars wait for you.

    October 12 at 9:09PM

  • Pete Peloquin We'll be scanning and listening with the big dish.

    October 12 at 8:10AM

  • Jeff Cole 73, om
    Clear skies

    October 12 at 6:50AM

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