James L. “Jim” Pihart

James Lester Pihart, age 83, of Dubuque, IA, left this world surrounded by his loving family on July 5th, after a short battle with cancer. A private family service will be held.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. 


Jim was born on August 31, 1937, in Dubuque, the son of Lester and Mae (Otting) Pihart. On September 15, 1962, he married Mary Ann (Frommelt) Pihart, the love of his life, at Sacred Heart Church. 


Jim grew up on Washington Street in the shadows of the former St. Mary’s school, which he attended as a child. He was a graduate of both Loras Academy in 1955, and Loras College in 1961. Jim and Mary Ann spent the first year of marriage in Duluth, Minnesota. Shortly after returning to Dubuque, Jim discovered his passion for teaching. He taught for over 30 years in the Holy Cross and Bellevue school districts and positively influenced the lives of his many students over the years.


Jim’s hobbies included traveling, fishing, antiquing and attending dinner theaters with Mary Ann. Trips to northern Minnesota and Wisconsin were always a favorite. Jim also enjoyed connecting with friends during morning coffee, gardening (in the early years) and was an avid reader. He loved spending time with his family, taking his grandchildren fishing and he will be remembered for his quick wit.


Left to honor his memory are his wife, Mary Ann, of Dubuque; daughter, Michele (Joe) Schlueter, of Minnetonka, MN; 2 sons, Rob (Julie) Pihart of Edina, MN, and Mark (Liz) Pihart, of Hopkins, MN;  8 grandchildren: Sara (fiancé Ryan) Schlueter, of Blaine, MN, Emily (Charlie) Patterson, of Shakopee, MN, Katie Jo Schlueter, of River Falls, WI, Elliot and Ethan Pihart, of Edina, MN, and Charlie, Lilly and Matilda Pihart, all of Hopkins, MN; brothers in-law, Al (Maureen) Frommelt, and Paul (Donna) Frommelt; sisters in-law, Adele (Bob) Nicks, Rita (Rob) Woodham, Theresa (Roger) Herting, and Chris Frommelt (Regina Boarman); and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Mae Pihart; sister, Shirley Pihart; and In-laws, Leo and Gertrude Frommelt.


The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill Care Center and Hospice of Dubuque for their care and compassion.  


Online condolences for Jim’s family and friends may be left at www.tristatecremationcenter.com


A private family service will be held.  Burial will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque. 


8 comments on “James L. “Jim” Pihart
  1. Steve Kiebel says:

    Michelle/Mark/Rob…sorry for your loss. Thinking how great you guys were as kids——-came from Mom/Dad…You are the lucky ones—-You have those memories.

  2. Janet Reuter says:

    I enjoyed having James as my teacher. He was professional and passionate with his teaching and very easy going. I was lucky to have him.

  3. Betty Baule says:

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    One of the first trips Charlie and I took after I retired was to Duluth. That was because Jim and Mary Ann were always telling us what a great place it was.
    They had many fond memories of Duluth. We had lots of good times with Jim and Mary Ann.

  4. Mary Ann and family,

    We were surprised and deeply saddened by news of Jim’s passing. The quality of your family life was testimony to his devotion as a husband and father. His lifetime of service to students as a professional educator is truly commendable.

  5. Dr. Karla Clark Golden says:

    Mr. Piehart was my social studies teacher in Bellevue, Iowa and really helped to build my love of history through his teaching style – combining current events and history in such an interesting way that really stood with me throughout my travels around the globe. Thank you Mr. Piehart, and thank you to his family for sharing him with his students!

    Sending heartfelt condolences to his family and prayers that their memories will bring them some measure of peace.

  6. Ann & Brian Hunt says:

    We are very sorry for your loss, and glad that Jim is at peace.
    Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    I have fond memories of your family in our neighborhood.

  7. Geralyn (Geri) Williams says:

    To the whole family: please receive my most sincere condolences. Jim was my mentor as we drove home from Bellevue through many of Winter storms in our carpool from Dubuque to Bellevue every day for my 10 years there. I enjoyed teaching with him and looked forward to our morning stops for coffee before we would go on to school. Jim also serviced our life insurance for a while. I will always hold his memory in my heart!

  8. Janco’s says:

    We are very sorry to hear of your father’s death. Please let us know if we can do anything to help.

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