James F. Ohlsen

james ohlsen

May 29, 1945 ~ June 24, 2022

Born in: Brooklyn, NY
Resided in: Hamden, CT

James Francis Ohlsen, 77, of Hamden, passed away with family by his side after a recent illness at Yale-New Haven Hospital on June 24, 2022. Born in Brooklyn, NY on May 29, 1945 to the late Arthur and Eleanor Nelson Ohlsen, Jim was the beloved husband of 54 years to Deborah Dennis Ohlsen. After growing up in Brooklyn, he joined the US Navy out of high school. Once out of the service, Jim married Deb and they moved to Hamden, where they raised their family and have called home for the last 47 years. He worked for Brescome Barton for 36 years before retiring. Before becoming a Communicant of Church of the Ascension, Jim was an active member of St. Rita’s Parish. In both parishes he was a Eucharistic Minister, having most recently been charged with bringing Communion to members of the parish who were unable to attend Mass. Not only did Jim bring Communion, he brought friendship and company to those individuals. Jim had a love for photography, visits to the beach, and a good game of Chess. He enjoyed visits with his neighbors and could often be found taking walks with Onyx, his beloved furry friend.

Besides his wife, Jim will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters, Dale (Norman) Briere of Beacon Falls, Rebekah (Ben) Lyas of Wallingford, and Danielle Ohlsen of Indian Orchard, MA; grandchildren, Douglas (Mariana) and Eric Briere, Jasmine Myers, Marie Elena and Ruby Emma Jane Lyas; sister, Mary Jane Lynch, and many loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his grandson, James Edward Lyas; brothers, Arthur, Henry, and David Ohlsen; and sisters, Eleanor Stensland and Theresa Mize.

Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Thursday, June 30th at 9:30 a.m. with his Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of the Ascension, 1050 Dunbar Hill Rd., Hamden, followed by his interment with Military Honors in All Saints Cemetery. Friends may visit with Jim’s family on Wednesday evening in the funeral home from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Memorial donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the South Park Inn by going to www.southparkinn.org.


Visitation: June 29, 2022 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


Mass of Christian Burial: June 30, 2022 10:00 am

Church of the Ascension
1040 Dunbar Hill Road
Hamden, CT 06514


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  1. Dear Debbie:

    You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.



  2. Rip, my Uncle Jimmy. You are home with God as he is with us. Blessings to God for opening up heaven’s doors and taking Uncle Jimmy home to be with his family that was waiting for him in heaven. Uncle Jimmy you will always be remembered in my heart. I love you.

  3. Jim was always so kind to me when he came into the office. He was a ray of sunshine. My comfort for your loss.

  4. Aunt Debbie and family

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your wonderful husband and father. Words can’t do justice to how sad I was to hear of Uncle Jimmy passing. He will be missed so greatly. Our prayers are with you and your family. Patty and Billy Mittlestadt

  5. Deb and family, So sorry for your loss. Jim sounded like a wonderful husband and father and I am sure he will be missed by all who knew him.
    Fondly, Stephanie

  6. Deb and family

    So sorry about the passing of Jimmy , I have fonds memories of working with him for many years at B/B always had a kind word about everyone that surrounded him.
    I know in my heart that he will always be at God side what a blessing
    Carol Brown
    Leesburg FL

  7. Dear Deb,
    I am so sorry to learn of your loss – i wanted to let you know we are thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Please let me know if we can help with anything.

    Mary Gibbons Gardiner

  8. Our VCH, Veterans Coffee House meets monthly at the Wlfd Senior Center which not only gives our Vets the chance to socialize but also take part in enjoying a guest speaker which are related to military topics, slide presentations and Q&A.
    At this very difficult time, our group would like to honor the loss of James Ohlsen as a fallen brother. Our military Veterans send out their heartfelt condolences to the Ohlsen family and friends. As an Navy Veteran, he had joined an elite group of honorable men and our Country will forever be in his debt.

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