Date of Death:  February 10, 2022

Service Details

According to his request, he will be cremated and interred in the Riverside Cemetery. A service for the family will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Riverside Cemetery.

Obituary Notice

James Joseph Tokarski, 71, passed away Thursday, February 10, 2022 at the Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers.

He was born on December 6, 1950 in Three Rivers, to Joseph and Frances Tokarski.

He spent most of his life in the Three Rivers area. He was a 1969 graduate of Mendon High School and a member of the local 4-H club.

An avid writer and photographer, his photographs and articles were known locally and have appeared in national publications. His colored photograph of the Langley Covered Bridge graces the front of the St. Joseph County road map. Jim also appeared in several films as an extra, with John Candy in “Only the Lonely,” and in “Rudy.”

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and was preceded in death by his brother Robert, his father and mother. He is survived by numerous cousins and friends.

Additional Information

Donations to the American Diabetes Association may be made in his name. Envelopes are available at and may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home, 1004 Arnold St., Three Rivers, MI 49093 in care of his arrangements.

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  1. Jim is a hard act to follow-he had a way of keeping people on their toes. It was a privilege to get to know him and share a part of his life. Miss you Jim and I too will be sending one of those typed letters to heaven. Love ya Jim.
    P. Dennany

  2. Jim had worked for me over 30 years ago part-time. He was a hard worker, and we remained friends. I thought I would reach out today and find him as we would periodically check in with one another. It saddens me that I missed him by only 1 month. It’s rare to meet people whose friendship stands the test of time. I encourage everyone to reach out to their friends and loved ones more frequently as we do not know when the Lord will bring us home. Jim was a blessing to me and I will miss him. Perhaps one day we will meet again old friend.

  3. Jim was a character, He had lots of stories and lots of personality. He had no issue telling you exactly what was on his mind; which some people appreciated and others not so much. Jim deep down had a heart of gold, and we were privileged to see that side of him and call him friend. He enjoyed showing off all his mementos and keepsakes from his many adventures and he was very proud of the small town he called home. Sending you a typed letter to heaven to say, Love yah Jim you will be missed. Heather & Judy

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