ForeverMissed
James Gordon Birnstiel, Sr, loving husband of Patricia A. Birnstiel passed away on January 11th at Inspira Medical Center, Vineland after a brief illness.

He was born June 20, 1948 to Edmund and Irene Birnstiel in Millville, NJ. Raised in Millville, he graduated MSHS class of 1968. Jim loved the Lord and was an ordained minister. He attended Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts, and graduated Penns View Bible Institute in Penns Creek, PA. Jim had also attended the University of Kentucky where he had completed post graduate work toward his Doctorate of Divinity. His first charge was Clermont, NJ followed by Calvary Church in Williamsport, PA. After Williamsport he served a church in Lehighton, PA before moving to Pensacola, FL. While in Pensacola he pastored at an Assemblies of God Church and started Sun Rise Ministries before going full time into Evangelism, which was his main focus for serving the Lord.   

In his free time, Jim enjoyed sailing and going to the beach with his wife.He played the guitar and was a self taught steel guitarist. He belonged to the National Association of Christian Ministers and held an Evangelical Association membership as well. He was a licensed Ham Operator, class 2, and held a student pilot’s license. He was a member of Cumberland County Community Church.   

Jim is survived by his wife Patricia, Millville;  Mother, Irene Birnstiel of Vineland; son, James Birnstiel, Jr, (Shannon) of Pensacola FL; daughters Rebecca Cohen of Hazelton, PA, and Suzanne Birnstiel of Silver Hill, ALA, Stepsons, John Dastolfo (Neneth) of Millville, NJ and Brian Dastolfo (Ashley) of Vineland, NJ; two brothers, Ed (Betty) Birnstiel of Groveland, FL, and Tim (Linda) Birnstiel of Millville; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Edmund Birnstiel, grandson Connor and brother Wesley Birnstiel. 

A celebration of life will be held at Cumberland County Community Church at a later date due to COVID restrictions.


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Posted by Raymond Golley on January 13, 2022
Jim you're gone but not forgotten. Every time we think of those that have gone before us, they're alive in our hearts. Rest in peace faithful servant.
Pat we pray each day gets better for you. 
Posted by Paula Frie on January 11, 2022
Sending love to you Pat hugs as well. I know your heart is hurting so bad that I but remember that eventually he will be with Jim again. Miss seeing you!
Posted by Patricia Birnstiel on June 21, 2021
James, yesterday was not only your birthday but Father's day. Your children are missing you too. It's been a little over 5 months since God called you home. I see and feel you everywhere. I am selling the house, like we had discussed long ago, and next week is settlement. I remember all the beautiful projects you've done around here. I sure wish we could turn back time. I know you will be waiting for me. I love you with all my heart and always will.
Posted by Paula Frie on January 23, 2021
Dear Pat, I am so so very sorry for your loss of Jim. He was a very kind funny and wonderfully nice man who made you exceptionally happy. My heart is hurting for you and your family. Know that I think of you often and I am sending you big hugs and prayers for your hurting hearts!
Pj
Posted by Raymond Golley on January 19, 2021
Jim will be sorely missed... he was a true friend and neighbor with a common bond in faith. I met Jim several years ago through our shared interests in the amateur radio hobby. We also shared interests in music as well as other things. I'll always remember Jim's friendly smile and and kind words of encouragement. May God bless and keep everyone who mourns the loss and know that Jim is with our Lord and Savior. Rest in Peace faithful servant.
Posted by Cathy Stanek on January 18, 2021
Jim, your an Angel now but know you were a good friend to all who knew you and you touched many hearts including ours. Look down on Pat as I know you will and keep her safe and strong. You were her best friend and soulmate and she was happy. I know your arms will always be forever around her. You will be sadly missed. Our sincere sympathy Pat. Love, Cathy & Scott. ❤️
Posted by Ruby Stroud on January 15, 2021
Jim you will definitely be missed. I had never seen Pat happier than these years with you. I know you will be reunited some day. My condolences to the family and my love to Pat.

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Posted by Raymond Golley on January 13, 2022
Jim you're gone but not forgotten. Every time we think of those that have gone before us, they're alive in our hearts. Rest in peace faithful servant.
Pat we pray each day gets better for you. 
Posted by Paula Frie on January 11, 2022
Sending love to you Pat hugs as well. I know your heart is hurting so bad that I but remember that eventually he will be with Jim again. Miss seeing you!
Posted by Patricia Birnstiel on June 21, 2021
James, yesterday was not only your birthday but Father's day. Your children are missing you too. It's been a little over 5 months since God called you home. I see and feel you everywhere. I am selling the house, like we had discussed long ago, and next week is settlement. I remember all the beautiful projects you've done around here. I sure wish we could turn back time. I know you will be waiting for me. I love you with all my heart and always will.
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