James Yokiel

  • Born: May 4, 1924
  • Died: February 17, 2020
  • Location: Wells

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family


James Leo Yokiel, age 95, of Wells, MN, died Monday, February 17, 2020 at his home in Wells surrounded by his family following a stroke. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells with Fr. Greg Havel officiating. The family will pray the Rosary at 9:00 AM on Thursday and visitation will be held from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at the church on Thursday. Burial will be in St. Casimir Cemetery in Wells.
James Leo was born May 4, 1924 in Clark Twp., Faribault Co., MN, the son of John and Mary (Sonnek) Yokiel. Jim was a graduate of Wells High School. On September 30, 1947, he was united in marriage to Janet Linder in Easton, MN, and to this union 7 children were born. Jim was a farmer all his life and was proud in 2014 when Faribault Co. designated the home place where he was born a Century Farm. He enjoyed trapping gophers, traveling with Janet, watching sports and doing his daily word search. Jim was a lifetime member of St. Casimir Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jim is survived by his 7 children: Norma (Doug) Schnoor of Orono, MN, Joyce (Mike) Kollar of Bovey, MN, Greg (Jean) Yokiel of Wells, MN, Carleen (Jeff) Johnson of Owatonna, MN, Orland Yokiel (Trudy Grunzke) of Wells, MN, Juanita (Larry) Stenzel of Wells, MN, and Audrey (Tim) Stenzel of Kasson, MN; 18 grandchildren: Sam (Lisa) Schnoor, Shelby Schnoor, Peter (Suzanne) Schnoor, James (Brenda) Kollar, Margaret (Jamie) Jax, Elizabeth (Michael) Lawson, Victoria (Robert) Nunez, Nick (Kristie) Yokiel, Andy (Jamie) Yokiel, Ryan (Andrea) Yokiel, Jessica Durand, Derek (Kim) Johnson, Erin (Marshall) Tatge, Angie Pierson, Darin Stenzel, Anthony (Katie) Stenzel, Mitchell Stenzel, and Kendra Stenzel; 24 great-grandchildren: Lauren and Kennedy Kollar, Jax, Jace Berndt and Connor Jax, Rory Ann and Beckett Lawson, Deklan and Kaelyn Yokiel, Brynley, Saydie and Chael Yokiel, Myley Yokiel, Regan Ihlenfeld, Gracyn and Calden Durand, Brecken, Andrew and Easton Johnson, Oliver Tatge, Jaycee and Wyatt Pierson, Quinn Stenzel, Peyton Stenzel and baby Stenzel on the way.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Janet in 2015; brothers: Clement (Helen) Yokiel and John (Naomi) Yokiel; sisters: Sister Lydia, CR, Sister Mary Therese, CR, Colette (Frank) Wanzek, Angela (Daniel) Chirpich; in-laws: Geraldine (Earl) Laitenberger, Evelyn (Walter) Strehlo and James (Marilyn) Linder.