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MONHEIM, James A. "Jim"

MONHEIM - James A. "Jim"
81, of Oro Valley, AZ, beloved husband for 61 years of Sheila Monheim, passed away on January 15, 2012 surrounded by his family. Jim was born in Pittsburgh, PA on August 7, 1930 to the late Harry and Gertrude Monheim. At Penn Hills High School he played football and was a member of the coed basketball cheerleading squad. After graduation he enlisted in the US Army and served a 14 month tour of war-time duty in Korea. Upon discharge, he and Sheila settled in West Seneca to raise their family. Jim modeled a strong work ethic, religious and personal discipline, generosity to his neighbors, acceptance, the importance of family and an ever-ready sense of humor. He passed on his own skills, encouraged his children to learn even more, and celebrated their successes. He played ball and hunted, coached little league football and baseball, and took everyone to the beach, amusement park and tobogganing. Jim was employed as an instrument repairman at the Allied Signal Corp. (now Honeywell), and also served as an AFL-CIO shop steward and local president. After retirement, in 1994 he and Sheila relocated to Oro Valley, where he was a communicant of Santa Catalina R.C. Church. Jim reveled in the desert lifestyle, the picturesque scenery, the native birds, animals and flora. It was his pleasure to explain local news, history and points of interest to visitors. He went big game hunting and casino crawling, played cards and swam nearly every day. Local shopkeepers knew him personally. Jim will be dearly missed by his six children Zoe Ann (Greg) Kaminski, Valerie Anderson, Jeffrey, Joseph (Margaret), Sally (Earl Malone), and Roseann (Mark) Martin, 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; his brother Robert of Vandergrift, PA, his brother/best friend/neighbor David and his wife Marie of Oro Valley, six sisters-in-law, and dozens of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Helen, and brothers Harry, William, Paul, and John. A Memorial Mass was held at Santa Catalina Parish, Catalina, AZ. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna, in summer 2012, announcement to follow. Memorial donations may be made to Casa De La Luz Hospice, 7740 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704.

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