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Jim J. Rybarczyk, 70, of Coloma passed away unexpectedly, Friday, June 4, 2021 at his home away from home on Rush Lake in Hartford.

Services celebrating his life will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 10 at Duffield & Pastrick Family Funeral Home where the family will begin receiving friends starting at 12 noon. Cremation will take place following the service. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to the Coloma SAL Post 362 of which he was a member. Those wishing to leave an online message of remembrance may do so at

Jim was born January 26, 1951 in Chicago to Adam “Bud” and Stephanie (Stempniak) Rybarczyk. After graduating from Holy Trinity High School in Chicago he received his BA degree from Southern Illinois University. Currently retired, Jim was formerly employed by Silgan in Coloma, Blossomland Containers, and Watervliet Paper Mill. He was also a firefighter with the North Berrien Fire Department for over 20 years. Jim was a former member of the Coloma Lions Club and Coloma Rod and Gun Club. In addition to farming he enjoyed hunting and fishing in his free time.

Survivors include his wife Tonda (Atherton) whom he married Sept. 23, 1978; daughters, Jill (Benjamin Hawkins) Rybarczyk, Jacqui (Stan) Zurwalski, and Jennifer (Levi) Warren; five grandchildren, Brooklyn, Nathan, Haylee, Mollie, and Leeland; sisters Suzanne Canty, and Theresa “Turk” (James) Bean; son-in-law Rob Retz; last surviving aunt Bernice Krolczyk; canine companion Abby, and many other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.


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