James W. Mramor, who was a member of the Lionel Hampton Band for several years, died Wednesday (June 21, 2000) in Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, following a brief illness. He was 49.
Born in Pittsburgh, Mramor had lived in Youngstown for the past four years. Before that he lived in Brooklyn and New York City.
Mramor earned a bachelor's degree in musical education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, and played saxophone and flute with the Hampton group in New York City.
He also enjoyed playing hockey.
Mramor served in the Army from 1979 to 1985, stationed in Korea and Japan.
He worked as a parole officer for the state Division of Parole and Corrections, Rochester. In addition, he worked in correctional facilities in Attica, Utica and Batavia.
Mramor was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, and was active in the Democratic Party in Porter.
Survivors include his wife, the former Cristina A. Cobos; a son, Garth; his parents, William J. and Jennie, both of Pittsburgh; and two sisters, Patricia Bonosky of Rochester and Mary Jo Mramor of Denver.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Second and Hinman streets. Burial will be in St. Bernard's Cemetery.