James A. Cousineau

Resided in Wilson, MI
Died January 15th, 2017

James “Jim” Andrew Cousineau, 68, of Wilson, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017, unexpectedly while cross country skiing with his wife Susan at the Days River Trail in Gladstone.

He was born in Roscommon, MI on May 31, 1948, the son of Paul and Arlene (Rising) Cousineau. Jim graduated as Valedictorian in 1968 from Roscommon High School, and was All-State in all Varsity sports. He attended Kalamazoo College, Central Michigan University, University of Michigan and Yale University. Jim earned a Master’s Degree in Divinity and Guidance Counseling.

On November 13, 1982, James married Susan (Forman) Cousineau in Cedarville, MI.
Jim worked as a school counselor, church planter and as the pastor to many churches. Most recently he was serving as the Pastor at Hannahville.

He enjoyed cross country skiing, hunting, fishing, writing, mentoring and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (Forman) Cousineau; children, Jesse (Mary) Cousineau of Jacksonville, FL, Matthew (Kellie) Krause of Gladstone, MI, Seth Bernard of Traverse City, MI, Amy Sprague of Escanaba, MI, Jill (Jeremy) Nastoff of Gladstone, MI, Joy (Phillip) Hoover of Las Vegas, NV and Joanna (Tom) LaFleur of Ypsilanti, MI; 16 grandchildren; siblings, Paulette (John) Jansen of Higgins Lake, MI, Laurie Cook of Roscommon, MI, Debbie (Bud) Mann of Roscommon, MI and Jeff (Kim) Cousineau of Olivet, MI; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the “gofundme” page set up to support Jim’s legacy.

The following visitations and services will be hosted at New Life Assembly of God in Escanaba, MI on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Services will be officiated by Pastor Scout Hester of Les Cheneaux Christian Fellowship, a church planted by Pastor Jim and Sue. Visitation will take place from 1 – 3 p.m with services celebrating the life of Jim to follow at 3 p.m. Following the services, there will be a luncheon.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Cousineau family.

8 Tributes to “James A. Cousineau”

  1. Sometimes there are no words for the feelings in the heart.
    My thoughts are with the Cousineau family at this sad time.

    Sympathy and understanding are with you.
    Love, Diane Smith

  2. We are so very sorry for your loss. Praying for God’s peace and comfort for you all.

  3. I met Jim and Sue through my Aunt Mary Johnson and my good friend Jennifer Keshick. Although I was not close to them both like Mary and Jen and many other members of my family members and community members, I know that they touched their lives and many others. They were both officiants at my biological mother’s funeral and I know they helped us all get through a difficult time together. They were always willing to offer their services, friendship and guidance to members of Hannahville Indian Community and through their fellowship they touched and changed the lives of many people. I know there are many people who will miss Jim and I will be keeping everyone whose lives he affected in my thoughts and prayers. I would like to offer his friends and family my deepest sympathy.

  4. Sue…so sorry to hear about Jim. We pray for God’s comfort and peace for you and all your family at this challenging time. We are thankful that we all know he’s with Jesus.

  5. To Sue and all the family members. Please accept our deepest condolences on the sudden death of Jim. May you be consoled by God’s comforting love and strength now and in the days ahead. In Christ,

  6. Our prayers for comfort during this difficult time will continue, Sue and family. James was a bright spirit in so many lives. His smile could light up an entire room. Knowing we will see him someday again is a comfort eternally, yet missing his earthly presence is so hard. 😢 Rest in the Arms of Jesus. Continuous prayers! 🙏

  7. Dear Sue, WE were so saddened to hear of Pastor Jim’s sudden passing. Know that we thought of him often and told our son Caleb Joshua that Pastor JIm named him and dedicated him to the Lord as a baby. We were so blessed to have known him and been part of his congregation. we will be praying for you and your family. May the Lord be with you always. much love and Prayers, The Rindels Family

  8. So many years ago, Jim and I were roommates at Kalamazoo College, teammates on our football team. I have such fond memories of playing pinochle in your family living room in Roscommon. We were close friends for what seemed like a long time. I’m sorry we lost touch and so sorry for your loss.

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