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Villalta, James A.

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August 22, 1971 - March 16, 2015

Villalta, James A.

James Allen Villalta, age 43, of Minneapolis, MN, died on March 16th 2015. James was born on August 22nd 1971 to Edward and Mary Ellen Villalta in St. Cloud, MN. He graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School and attended St. John’s University. James enjoyed cooking & traveling but his love in life was always his daughter, Rylee.

James is survived by his parents, his beloved daughter, Rylee Villalta, of Rochester, MN, his brother, Thomas Villalta (Courtney V.) of Austin, TX, his sister, Lisa Villalta (Perry Leo), of Minneapolis, MN, his nieces, Rachel and Lauren, his nephews, Sam and Benjamin, as well as extended family and many friends.

A memorial service for Jim will be held on April 17th at 2:00 PM at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel in Minneapolis.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Jim’s memory to a charity of your choice.


Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252

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August 24, 2015 12:36AM

I just found this news from Internet and can't believe that you are just gone like that. You gave me a wonderful memories. I am glad to meet you as a good friend. You will always live in my heart, my friend.

David Loomis

May 08, 2015 10:47PM

RIP Jimmy, I was blessed to have met you and to be in your life. I wont ever forget you my friend...Cheers!

Amy Monthei

April 13, 2015 9:17PM

Dear Ed and Mary Ellen,
We are so saddened by the loss of your son Jim. Sending your family healing thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We love you very much dear friends.
Amy and Brian

Bob & Jackie Fulton

April 13, 2015 9:33AM

Mary Ellen & Ed, we were saddened to hear of Jim's death. So many memories of hockey days and days spent with friends. We hope your cherished memories will help. May he rest in peace.

Gail kummet

April 11, 2015 3:44PM

Mary Ellen, Ed and family,
You have my deepest sympathy. Take comfort in your fond memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Mary (Weyer) Borns

April 10, 2015 10:38AM

Approximately 1982 I had the the pleasure of watching over Jimmy, Tom & Lisa for a week while Ed & MaryEllen traveled to Ireland. Jimmy was a delightful cute & comical kid. The week's schedule of activities included hockey practice, hockey games, and more hockey (in the days when arenas were very cold). On the one day the sched was open Jimmy announced 'today's my microwave cooking class!!! I was not happy the day we had to drive to the ball field to find Jimmy, only to be late for church.

There was a lot of playing outside in the snow that followed s blizzard; followed by a trip w Jimmy to the ER for a couple minor stitches in his forehead which resulted from the neighbors garage at the bottom of the small sledding hill.

I was very impressed with the interaction of the 3 Villalta kids and the energy they had. After 7 days with them grandma & grandpa arrived for the remainder of Ed & Lisa's vacation. Jimmy walked into the kitchen and spotted the stuffed peppers and acclaimed, FINALLY something good to eat! Jim was good at making people laugh! He was quite the character & I thought of him often as I raised two sons who also played hockey, a daughter, and a schedule full of kid activities

Glad to have known you Jim


April 09, 2015 9:52PM

Jimmy V, the last time we met was quick in passing, but I now regret not taking the time to catch up and ask the important questions! You will forever be missed but will look forward to catching up with you in the next life. Brian

Carol (Schafer) & Jim Kuebelbeck

April 08, 2015 11:26AM

We were saddened to read of James' passing in today's St Cloud Times obituary. Our sympathies go out to you and your family. God bless all of you at this difficult time.

Carol (Schafer) and Jim Kuebelbeck


April 04, 2015 10:37PM

Thinking about Jimmy makes me smile. A very real person with lots of love. I will keep him in my heart forever.

Sending love to all he touched,

Trisha Schirmers

April 03, 2015 10:56PM

MaryEllen and Ed. I offer you my condolences and prayers. You are a great family and were wonderful neighbors to both of my St Joe families the Froehles and the Schirmers.

Julie & Mike Daniels

March 30, 2015 4:52PM

Ed, so sorry to hear about your loss. You have our deepest sympathies.

Philip Corrado

March 27, 2015 10:17AM

My sincere condolences to the Villalta. Jim was a great friend at SJU and we will keep you all in our hearts and prayers.

Matt Schmitt

March 27, 2015 8:58AM

My condolences to all of Jimmy's family. Jimmy V was my roommate at SJU for two years and provided all of us with good times and great memories.

Sue and Tom Williams

March 27, 2015 8:20AM

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Jim. Our son, Todd, called with the news. They spent many days together throughout their school years. Jim was never seen without that big smile and his friendly demeanor. It was always enjoyable to have him around. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time.

Susan Froehle O'Connor

March 25, 2015 8:53PM

I am so saddened by this news. Jimmy, Lisa and Tommy were so close to my sisters, my brother and I all through our childhood. Along with their wonderful parents we all spent years growing up together in our neighborhood and making wonderful memories. Growing up across the street from them was a god send I'm sure for our moms since we would play for hours on end with each other. Jimmy, I am so sad you left this world so young. You will be missed. I hope the entire Villalta family can find the strength to get through this. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

Sharon Toogood Froehle

March 25, 2015 8:27PM

Dear Mary Ellen, Ed & family, I am so sad to learn of Jimmy's death. My heart breaks for you. I have so many wonderful memories of our families sharing fun times. Just recently Joni & I were looking at pictures of our kids together. You are all in my prayers.

Sharon Toogood Froehle

March 25, 2015 7:27PM

Dear Mary Ellen & Ed, I am so saddened by the news of Jimmy's death. My heart breaks for all of you. Recently Joni & I were looking at pictures of our families sharing fun times together. You will be in our prayers. 8910

Becky Klaphake

March 25, 2015 7:06PM

Our condolences to your entire family. Linda K. informed me(Becky)today about Jimmy. I passed the news on to my parents and older brother Adam. I didn't know Jimmy all that well, but like other people have said, he was a "Joe-Kid" and we Joe-Kids stick together. I remember Lisa babysitting my brothers & I. Gerry, Jackie, Adam, Becky & Jonathan have your family in our thoughts & prayers. Once a neighbor, always a neighbor! Peace & God Bless! -The Klaphake Family

Chad Melin

March 25, 2015 4:20PM

"Jimmy" stories will always be shared by all of us Joe Boys who grow up together with Jimmy. I have tons of great memories growing up with Jimmy. Rest in Peace Fellow Joe Boy!


Russell Nathe

March 25, 2015 11:35AM

Rest in peace Jimmy! You will be missed!

Bart M.

March 24, 2015 9:23PM

I had the privilege of being Jimmy's classmate at SJU. It was always a pleasure to see Jimmy around campus. I remember his big smile, good stories, and hearty laugh. He was "a local" so he always provided the story behind the story. Jimmy brought smiles to a lot of people. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Rick & Barb Burrock

March 24, 2015 2:06PM

Our nephew, Jim was a gentle spirit and much loved. We love the memory of Jim and his brother staying with us for hockey camp. We miss you, Jim and will be praying for you and your family.

Jaimie Snowdon

March 23, 2015 11:07PM

Smiling Jimmy V- I know we haven't seen each other in a while but when I think back on high school, you are in many of my good memories. We skated on the same line our Senior year and sat next to each other a lot on our bus rides. I cherish the times when we would go to the movies and get our dates in for free. Haha. I will miss you and always consider you my brother.

Jaymes Whitney

March 23, 2015 11:06PM

Very few people amass as many friends without collecting a single enemy along the way. I love you like a brother and miss you deeply.

Rachel Mendel

March 23, 2015 3:37PM

Rest in Peace James (aka Jimmy). You will be missed. I will always remember you. God Bless your daughter and all of your family.

Lisa Ruchti

March 23, 2015 2:06PM

Dear Mary Ellen, Ed and family,

I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Cherish your memories and Jim will live on in your hearts forever!

Al Scooter Haugen

March 22, 2015 6:42PM

Jimmy V you were a great friend and always a positive soul. I'm thankful we became friends and I'll cheerish those young HS years together. The world truly lost a great soul and person. Until we meet again my friend, peace to you

Chris Theisen

March 22, 2015 6:17PM

Rest in peace Jim. May God bless your family during this time.


March 21, 2015 5:17PM

I will miss Uncle Jim a lot. I will miss his omelets and his smile. (and the tilt-a-whirl I went on that one time with Rylee, but I started screaming and got let off.) I love and miss you Uncle Jim.-Rachel :)

Jen Farnsworth

March 20, 2015 11:28PM

You could never be forgotten Jimmy, you were one of a kind. God Bless.


March 20, 2015 8:31PM

Jim, we all miss you beyond words. I will always remember you as a smiling and loving father, uncle, son and brother. You were always endlessly patient and fun-loving. I cherish all of the fun vacations we all had together as a family (Mexico, the cruise and most recently Disneyworld). You have such a beautiful, smart little girl, and we will be there for her always. -Courtney Villalta

Mike Deutz & Jodi

March 20, 2015 5:57PM

Rest in peace Jimmy, thanks for the memories - you will be missed.
Mike & Jodi

Mark Larson

March 20, 2015 3:48PM

I remember all the St. Cloud youth hockey with the Villaltas (Jimmy & Tommy) growing up and the great Apollo-Tech rivalry. Jimmy, you were such a hard worker with an infectious smile- I'll never forget that.

My sincere condolences

Amy Villalta

March 20, 2015 8:36AM

Jim, You will always be loved and very missed. You were and always will be a awesome dad. You created a beautiful and strong daughter who has so many of traits in her. I promise I will raise your daughter with your guidance from above, and keep your memory alive. Rest in peace.

Linda Kappes

March 19, 2015 3:39PM

Jimmy has been on my mind since my son Darren called me this morning to give me this sad news. Our family moved next door to the Villalta's in 1974. Jimmy was a great kid...a good friend to Darren who was his age and also to Darren's younger brother, Brandon. My condolences to Ed and Mary Ellen and the whole family.


March 19, 2015 11:58AM

Time flew by fast but he's here with us in spirt♡He would want us to cherish all the moments we had with him not dwell over them. He was an amazing dad! And I will miss him VERY much. I love you guys so much and I'm here for you. We will get through this together. Me and my dad always said "I love you the moon and back."

Jack Meurer

March 19, 2015 9:12AM

Thank you Uncle Jim for always being nice to me. You made the best Santa Claus ever (the Christmas you put on the suit , although your eyes gave you away). Jack Meurer (age 14) Rochester, MN

Lauren Meurer

March 19, 2015 9:10AM

God Bless you Jim! You had a heart of gold. You will be missed by so many. As long as the Good Lord allows, Aunt Lauren and Uncle Corey will always watch over your baby for you. We love her with all our hearts, and this is what Godmothers do. God Bless all! Corey and Lauren Meurer, Rochester, MN

Cory & Julie Ehlert

March 18, 2015 10:49PM

You put it in a good shift Jimmy. We sure will miss you. Rest in peace good friend! We love you.

Bruce Melin

March 18, 2015 10:09PM

Remember Jim growing up in our neighborhood. He and our son were friends . He was always a nice young man and well liked by everyone.
My wife Trish and I are very saddened by the loss of Jimmy.
He came from a great family!
Our sincere condolences to all!! Bruce and Trish Melin

Lauren Meurer

March 18, 2015 9:25PM

God Bless you Jim. You will be missed by so many! You are loved by so many. I have never met someone that has a heart as big as yours!! I will help watch over your beautiful girl (Ms. B). We love her with all our hearts. Corey and Lauren Meurer

Theresa & Rich Proctor

March 18, 2015 3:43PM

Rest in Peace Jimmy and May God watch over your little girl. Love and peace to all of your family.

Rich & T Proctor