James Van Artsdalen

 James Van Artsdalen


February 20, 2014



James Van Artsdalen, South Canaan, passed away Thursday morning in the Wayne Memorial Hospital after being stricken ill at home.  His companion of 32 years is Jade Golo.


Born in Bucks County, Jim was the son of the late James and Marion O’Neill Van Artsdalen.   He was a graduate of the Scranton Preparatory School class of 1963, Keystone College as well as earning a degree in education from Penn State.   He was employed as a tile setter.   Jim was a member of the Waymart Lodge F & AM 542 where he had previously served as chaplain.  

Among his hobbies and interests he was especially fond of art.


A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.


Memorial contributions are encouraged to be made to either the Salvation Army Camp Ladore PO Box G Waymart, Pa. 18472 or to the St Francis of Assisi Kitchen 500 Penn Ave. Scranton, Pa. 18509.


To share a memory or to leave an online condolence please visit www.vanstonandjames.com


Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care an direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton. 


  1. Ben Beynon

    Jim was my friend and traveling partner for a number of years and will be greatly missed. Peace be with you brother.

  2. Susan O'Neill

    Jim was an inspiration to me always. He lived his life as a work of art. A gentle, wise, affable, creative, old soul.

  3. Linda Hennigan

    Dear Jade,
    We are very sorry for your loss. You and Van were a great couple. It is hard to believe he is gone. He is in God’s Care now. We are here for you.

  4. Tim & Patti Wilson

    Our friend Jim will be remembered as a warm hospitable hardworking man. Jim and Jade, such a loving couple, worked well together, their craftsmanship and many talents are reflected in their beautiful B&B, The Leaping Rabbit. They were always pleased to have family and friends visit and could converse with anyone on any subject. Over the years, they welcomed many guests to their B&B in South Canaan and treated all with love and respect. We will miss Jim and send our sincere condolences to Jade.

  5. Donna Ludwig

    A spark has gone out in South Canaan at the loss of Jim. He was a remarkable human being, one who was the first to share his laughter, his bountiful table, he conversation,his talents.Jade, my heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
    I am glad that I had an opportunity to know and appreciate him and.

  6. Bill & DeDe Tersteeg

    Dear Jade,
    I am in a state of shock! I could not believe it when I saw the notice in the paper.
    Sorrow sits in my space and memories flood my un-guarded moments. I happened to see Van at the AFA center in Scranton, with the meditation group, I think it was early last month?
    We spoke of his plans for the show he was planning and I reaffirmed my definite desire to be a part it. I know he wanted a work (no linger in existence) that was in the studio at Keystone and have thought about creating a similar work for his show. That work will move forward as a testimony of my affection for him. He was one of my brothers and the loss is deeply felt.
    DeDe and I defiantly want to be a part of the memorial service so please keep us informed regarding those developments. We will be making a contribution to the ST. Francis kitchen in his honor.
    Please accept our deepest condolences while knowing he will be forever with us.
    Bill and DeDe Tersteeg

  7. Frank Clarke

    Jade…my condolences to you and Van’s close friends. Last saw Jim at our Prep reunion in October ’13.
    Jim was always the man with a smile…ever since George Washington’s grade school where I first met him.
    I will keep him in my prayers.

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