James Kreissl

April 8, 1940 - August 17, 2016

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James F. Kreissl, 76, of Villa Hills, KY passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospice in Edgewood, KY. He was an Environmental Engineer with the E.P.A., a member of St. Joseph Parish in Crescent Springs, KY and past President of the St. Joseph School Board. James was a Villa Hills, KY soccer coach for over 10 years, an elected official for the Kenton County Conservation District, a 1961 graduate of Marquette University and he obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his brother: George Kreissl. James is survived by his wife of 49 years: Susan Williams Kreissl; daughters: Laura (Alan) Sanregret and Rebecca (Christopher) Gearing and 6 grandchildren: James, Alainna, Andrew, Jack, Claire and George. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 1 PM at St. Joseph Church, 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs, KY 41017 with visitation beginning at 12 PM (noon). Interment: Mother of God Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 483 South Loop Road, Edgewood, KY 41017. Online condolences may be expressed at www.connleybrothersfuneralhome.com


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Susan Parten - Aug 25, 2016

My very deepest condolences to Jim’s family. What a treasure Jim was in so many ways. I can think of nothing worthier than leaving this world having contributed so much as he did to improving environmental quality and practices in our world. Jim will be deeply missed both personally and professionally.

Victor D'Amato - Aug 25, 2016

As many before me have expressed, Jim was great guy to work with and a warm and kind soul. I consider him among a short list of mentors and will always remember fondly our first interaction which led to him sending me a large envelope full of old, tattered – but valuable! – decentralized wastewater reports and papers. I greatly appreciated getting to know and work with him in the years following that first encounter and always felt better at a meeting when Jim was in the room, secure in the presence of his wisdom and personality. Jim’s loss will be felt within our field, but his hearty laugh, irreverence, forthrightness, and kind manner will live on in our memories and through our work. My condolences to Jim’s family and friends.

Jay River - Aug 25, 2016

Our family wanted to express their condolences in this your time of sorrow. We found this verse encouraging during our time of loss. “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Jesus referred to himself to as “the resurrection and the life” at John 11:25. You are in our thoughts as well.

Larry Stephens, Stephens Consulting, Michigan - Aug 25, 2016

Sorry to learn of Jim’s passing this morning. He will be missed in our onsite wastewater industry, where he was well respected among his peers. I got acquainted with Jim through some NOWRA and other industry activities and found him a joy to be around. May God grant peace and comfort to his family during this time.

Rod Frederick - Aug 24, 2016

Jim and I worked and had fun together for a long time at EPA. Robert Goo said my sentiments quite well. Jim’s contributions to the Onsite Wastewater Programs in the USA will last for countless years. Most county health departments use the Onsite Treatment System Design Manual for which he is a primary author. I will miss Jim.

Robert Goo - Aug 24, 2016

My condolences to the Kreissl family. Jim and I worked together at US EPA since the early 90’s with Rod Frederick on decentralized systems. Jim was a terrific guy to work with. Extremely knowledgeable about onsite wastewater treatment systems and constructed wetlands. He was funny and sarcastic and was the guy for me to call whenever I had a difficult issue or question. He was my mentor. He was passionate about our work on decentralized systems and always told it like it was whether the response was palatable to the receiver. Jim was responsible for many seminal documents published by EPA on onsite wastewater treatment and he pushed the industry to advance its practices and accountability. No one can fit in his shoes. After he retired, he continued to remind me that I shouldn’t take life too seriously by sending joke after joke via email which always elicited a chuckle or a groan. Even now I can hear his hearty laugh. I will really miss him. Oddly enough I thought about calling him yesterday about a technical issue. Goodbye old friend!

Juli Beth Hinds - Aug 24, 2016

Susan and Family, I am so sad to learn of Jim’s passing. He was an inspiring, supportive, and always funny colleague. Jim supported me, and many of us in our field, through adventures and misadventures with good humor, wise counsel and kindness. He was beloved, and will be terribly missed.

Sherri O'Brien - Aug 20, 2016

Susan and girls, we were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Have been remembering all our our good times together, seems like yesterday. You all all in our prayers. Bob and Sherri O’Brien

Susan VonderHaar - Aug 20, 2016

Jim will be missed far and wide. An unforgettable person because of his genuine happiness and kindness. I began work at EPA near the end of his tenure there. Though many years ago, his cheerful smile is still fresh in my mind.

LeeAnn & Mike Blum - Aug 20, 2016

Dear Susan and Family,
We are very sad to hear the news about Jim. We are glad we got to see him a while ago. He was always so friendly to us. We will be praying for you all. Many thoughts of strength as well.
Love, The Blum Family

Greg Byrne - Aug 20, 2016

Over the years, I had many wonderful conversations with Jim. He was a good guy with a big heart, whose warm smile and open mindedness always made me look forward to seeing him. The world was a better place because of Jim. My condolences to Susan and the kids. RIP, Jim.

Bill Frietsch - Aug 19, 2016

I worked with Jim off and on beginning at Taft Engineering Center in 1963. He was a joy to work with, had a great sense of humor. We exchanged Emails for many years. Thoughts & prayers to his wife and family.

Nancy Staurovsky - Aug 19, 2016

Dear Kreissl Family,

When I think of Jim , it is with a smile on his face and a ready laugh. Our girls spent many adventures together and few escaped Ron and Jim! Susan , Becky, and Loriann, Jim was from an era of men who did it all: devoted husband, parent, wage earner, volunteer, coach, and damn great guy. My deepest condolences to your whole family. May you find comfort in the fun times you shared and through the help of family and friends.
Fondly, Nancy

Marc Hult - Aug 19, 2016

Always cheerful, constructive and ready to do the hard work, Jim was a thinking man’s environmental leader. And a good friend. He is sorely missed.

Pat Zimmerman - Aug 19, 2016

Susan, I was so sorry to read of your husband’s passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Chris Kaeff - Aug 19, 2016

My deepest condolences to the Kreissl family. I’ve had the honor of serving with Jim on the Kenton County Conservation District board for four years. He will always be remembered by me as a very amiable and kind person with deep wisdom and humor. I will miss his laugh, terribly. My prayers are with his loved ones. God bless you.
So long, friend. Until we meet again.

Tom O'Donnell - Aug 19, 2016

Susan, So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing and sad that we lost touch over the years. You guys were a big part of our Villa Hills life and provided memories that will last forever. Your family is in our prayers.
tom and connie

Greg & Marsha Foltz - Aug 18, 2016

Susan and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers this weekend. We are unable to attend the service do to prior commitments but you will be in our thoughts in the coming weeks. We will contact you at a later date. Jim will be missed by so many!
Greg & Marsha Foltz

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