Justice James F. Quetsch

By on January 25, 2009

James Franklin Quetsch

James Franklin Quetsch

James Franklin Quetsch, 75, of Geneva, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, after an illness.
He was born on Nov. 13, 1933, in Oak Park, Ill. At the time of his death, he was at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Jim graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1952, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., in 1956.

He married his high school sweetheart Patricia Perrin on Sept. 3, 1956, at St. Giles Catholic Church in Oak Park.

In 1959, Jim graduated from Chicago Kent Law School. He practiced law in Chicago, and the couple lived in Oak Park until 1963, when they moved to West Chicago.

That year, he began working for the law firm of Gates Clancy in Geneva. In 1965, he joined the firm of Corrigan & MacKay in Wheaton. A successful trial lawyer, he became a partner several years later in the expanded firm of Corrigan, MacKay, Quetsch and O’Reilly.

Jim was the father of six children, born between 1957 and 1966. He and Pat moved their family to Geneva in 1972.

He was appointed a Kane County Court Associate Judge in 1975 and elected as a full judge in the 16th Circuit Court in 1976. He held the position until 1992, when he became an Illinois Appellate Court Justice in the Second District. He was appointed to the seat by his predecessor, Justice John Nickels, who was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Following his retirement in 1994, Jim traveled extensively with his wife. Among their destinations were South America, Israel and several European countries including his favorite, Ireland.

Jim was a member of the St. Charles Sportsmen’s Club in Elburn for more than 20 years, spending many pleasurable hours there, shooting trap and skeet.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Gertrude (Shea) and Leonard J. Quetsch; and his brothers, Leonard, William and John.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother, Richard of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his sister, Gertrude of St. Louis, Mo.; his children, Karen Quetsch, Martha Quetsch and Elizabeth Entile, all of Geneva, and Thomas (Patricia Seastrom Banbury) Quetsch and Paula (Vincent) Giuliano, both of Batavia, and James (Jo Martin) Quetsch of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 10 grandchildren, Natalie Entile, Phillip and Julie Andersen, Caroline Cagney, Paul, Marie and Francesca Giuliano, Kyle and Casey Banbury and Megan (Banbury) Mara; and one great-grandchild, Vincent Mara; and his beloved Vizsla, Maggie.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 E. State St. (Route 38), Geneva. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Malone Funeral Home. Interment will be private.

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