James ‘Jim’ O’Toole

obit - OToole, JamesJames “Jim” O’Toole, 84-year-old resident of Little Falls, died Monday, March 17, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, March 22 at 11:000 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, MN with Father Nicholas Landsberger officiating. A visitation will be held from9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church in Little Falls, MN.  The burial will be held in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls, MN, at a later date..

James Bernard O’Toole was born Aug. 30, 1929, in St. Paul. His adoptive parents were Michael and Marcella O’Toole. Jim attended public grade school and graduated from Cretin High School in 1947. He earned undergraduate degrees from St. Paul Seminary and University of St. Thomas. He later earned graduate degrees from University of St. Thomas, University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, and U.S. Naval War College. He was united in marriage to Patricia Patton at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in St. Paul, Sept. 15, 1953. Jim served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1958. Jim remained active in the Naval Reserve until retirement in 1990. Upon release from active naval duty, he entered the field of public education. He was a teacher and coach in Roseville and assistant principal and athletic director in Brooklyn Center. He moved to Little Falls in 1969 and served successively as Jr. High principal, middle school principal, and Director of Human Resources until retirement in 1992. Jim was active in the community, belonging to Chamber of Commerce, United Way Board of Directors, Meals on Wheels, Kiwanis, Lions and professional organizations, e.g. Reserve Officer Association, State and National Principals Association, was co-founder of MN Middle School Association, State and National Curriculum Development Association. He also served on the Morrison County Transportation and Public Health Advisory Committees. He served as a hospitality volunteer, admissions volunteer and patient advocate at St. Gabriel’s Hospital. He served St. Mary’s Church as a CCD teacher, usher, Eucharistic Minister and Pastoral Council member. He also was a member of the St. Cloud Diocesan Board of Education for 8 years and was the diocesan representative on the MN Catholic Conference-Education Division. Jim enjoyed spending time with family, reading, flying, golf, biking and Navy.

Jim is survived by wife Patricia of Little Falls; daughters, Catherine Rose and husband Dana, Michelle Schneider and husband Ron, Cheryl O’Toole, Mary O’Toole, Therese Serum and husband Greg, Frances Corcoran and husband, John and Shannon O’Toole; sons, James O’Toole, Jr., Steven O’Toole and wife, Jill; 16 grandchildren, Amber Jay and husband Ryan, Scott Rose and wife Jessica, Tony Manelli, Dominic Manelli and wife Heather, Christina Manelli, Ariel Bentley, Miles Bentley, Daniel Manelli, Maxwell Bentley, Logan Serum, Bailey Serum, Sean Corcoran, Caitlin O’Toole, Andrew Corcoran, Calley O’Toole, and Dylan Corcoran; great-grandchildren Carson James; and sister, Mrs. Patricia Moody.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marcella and father, Michael and a son-in-Law, Lou Manelli.