Jim Snackenberg

September 16, 1947 - August 11, 2019

Heaven has gained an amazing person.  Alfred James (Jim) Snackenberg, age 71, of New Prague, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side early Sunday morning, August 11, 2019.  He was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2012 and had resided at Oak Terrace Jordan memory care since July 2017.


Jim was born on September 16, 1947 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Alfred and Violet (Ayshford) Snackenberg.  He graduated from Robbinsdale High School and Winona State College.  Jim was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War and served in Korea.  While stationed at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin, he met Barbara Nordgaard in LaCrosse in 1970 when he asked her to dance.  The instant attraction was mutual and they were married at North Prairie Lutheran Church in Rural Lanesboro, MN on August 28, 1971. Jim’s bank manager career brought them to living in Chatfield, Fairmont, Blue Earth, Montgomery, and settling in New Prague where he retired from 504 Corporation in Mankato.


Jim & Barb were life partners and best friends.  Jim enjoyed fine dining, fishing with friends, taking road trips, and going for walks with Barb, and had many fun travels throughout the United States with friends.  He was blessed with peace, love, true friends, meaningful work, and was grateful to always had “enough” of everything.  Jim loved being Dad to their daughter, Krista. He took an active role in her care and she knew she could always depend on her Dad to always be there – daycare chauffeur, coming home from school, attending all activities.  Jim adored Barb & Krista and always put them first.  He will be so missed by so many.  He was so kind and fun.


Jim is survived by his wife, Barb, daughter, Krista (Ryan) Bauers, and grandchildren, Aria, Gabrielle, and Samuel in Duluth.  Also by siblings, Steve (Denise) Snackenberg, Pulaski, TN and Veda (Tom) Lewis, The Villages, FL; siblings-in-laws, Dianne & Lester Dunn and Ardell Nordgaard & Joanne Stebbins of Lanesboro, MN and many life-long dear friends.


Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New Prague on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM with Reverend Ben  Hilding officiating. Coffee hour with visitation will take place from 9 – 10 AM prior to service.  Graveside committal at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN at a later date.

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Gina Privratsky
9 months ago

Jim was always so nice to me. He was my reference to work at Bloedow’s. He also was my backpack partner when we went to Boundary Water’s with church. He will be missed.

Jon and Bonnie
9 months ago

We are so sorry to hear about Jim. He will be missed. We are keeping you in our prayers. Please know we are here for you if you need anything. We are on our way home from Florida so will not be at the service. God be with you.

Wendy Mathiowetz
9 months ago

My heart is with you as you grieve Jim’s passing. May you be comforted by your faith and your memories

Barbara Kay
9 months ago

Sending thoughts and prayers to your family. I will be at the funeral because I know
how difficult these times can be and how much it means to have friends and family
there. We will connect again at a later time when you need time to talk and heal.

Ben McCormick
9 months ago

He made the best omelettes and had such a great laugh!

Diane Rose
9 months ago

So sorry for your loss Barb & Krista! Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family at this difficult time!

Jeanette Connolly
9 months ago

Sending my sympathy to you and your family Barb. You are in my thoughts during this difficult time. Hugs!!

Michael McCormick
9 months ago

Barb and Krista, please accept my sincere condolences. So many wonderful childhood memories I have of Jim…my thoughts are with you both during this time.

RUss & Katie Seurer
9 months ago

So sorry for your Loss Barb and Krista. Please know we are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Julie Sirek
9 months ago

Sending my sympathy to you and your family Barb. Praying for peace, comfort and strength during this tough time. Big hugs!!

Margaret Kennedy
9 months ago

Thinking of you in these difficult times. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jamie and Mike B.
9 months ago

Barb and Krista, you have our sympathy and are in our prayers.

Sharon Zahn
9 months ago

Sending hugs and prayers to Barb, Krista, and family. Wishing you peace during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

LuAnn Leach
9 months ago

My sympathy to Barb and Krista. You have been devoted loved ones to your precious Jim.

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