James J. Mahoney, 81, of Rittman, a beloved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008.
He was born in Cleveland to Dennis and Anna Mahoney and was the youngest of seven children. Jim joined the Navy at a young age to proudly serve his country during World War II. He was assigned to the role of cook on a battleship, but would never discuss his war experiences. He would only say that it was an honor to serve his country. After the war, he was employed at U.S. Steel until he retired. Although he never married, he was loved as a father by the children of his sister, Mary Jane, a role he gladly assumed. He loved to read Western novels, and was an outstanding Pinochle player and an enthusiastic Cleveland Browns fan. A member of the greatest generation, Jim was a gentle man and a gentleman who had a kind and giving spirit. He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege to know him.
Jim is survived by his sisters, Rita Mahoney of Brunswick and Mary Jane Belanger of Doylestown. He served as a father to Denise Belanger of Rittman, Cathy (Ron) Berger of Germantown, Tenn., Alice Bosko of Chapin, S.C., and Bill Belanger, and also is survived by his special great-nieces and -nephews, James (Amanda) Belanger, Michelle Belanger, Tony Grimm, Tina Grimm, and a favorite great-great-niece, Katie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and niece, Jane Dixon.
Service: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Gillman Funeral Home, 360 W. Sunset Drive, Rittman. Sister Joan M. Rader, OP, will officiate.
Burial: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, with military honors.
Visitation: one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donorâ€™s choice.
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