James P. Sudano 1940-2018

NILES — James P. Sudano, 77, of Niles, died at 4:38 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. 2018, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 12, 1940, in Niles the son of Nicholas and Pauline Reino Sudano.

Jim lived and worked in the Niles area his whole life. He spent the first three years at St. Stephen School. When Mount Carmel built their new school in 1949, he attended school there until eighth grade. Jim’s class was the first graduating class from the new Mount Carmel School.

After graduating from eighth grade, Jim attended Brunnerdale Seminary in Canton for two years. Upon leaving the seminary, he enrolled in Niles McKinley High School for his last two years of high school. Jim’s class of 1958 was also the first graduating class of the new Niles McKinley High School.

The lure of Navy life took Jim to Key West, Florida for a year and Hawaii for two-and-a-half years. He used to kid people by saying he defended our country on the shores of Key West and Waikiki Beaches.

After his service time, he began working at Delphi Packard Electric until retiring in 1999. He had many friends while working his 36 years.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles. He volunteered for their first Friday of the month pizza sales and also at the annual festival. He sang in the choir and also volunteered to serve community dinners at the church and at St. Vincent de Paul Society Hall on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Jim enjoyed vacationing with his family tremendously. He liked to golf and especially liked the poker games with his friends. He was a fan of Niles McKinley and Penn State football and New York Yankees baseball. He loved 1950’s music, and his favorite song was “In The Still of the Night” by The Five Satins and one of his favorite sayings was ” I love it when a plan comes together.” A passion for gardening, he supplied his neighbors with tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. He also enjoyed his thornless blackberry bushes.

Jim, who was also known as Sudsy, Slammer, Suds and Good Times Jimmy, will be deeply missed by his wife, Sandra Lawrence Sudano, whom he married June 26, 1995; a son, Paul A. (Kate) Sudano of Lutherville, Md.; three daughters, Denee Sudano Judy of State College, Pa., Nicole Sudano of Columbus and Kiersten (Brad) DeRubba of Fort Benning, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Vickie Liberatore of Niles; a brother, Louis Sudano of Berlin Center; two sisters, Pauline Muccio of Niles and Mary Jane (Leonard) Yurcho of Youngstown; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Angelo, Nick “Cuppers,” Anthony, Joseph and Michael Sudano; two sisters, Carmella Natale and Angeline Noga; a stepson, Gary Liberatore Jr.; and a great-grandson, Alex Lee Liberatore.

Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, with The Mount Carmel Bereavement Ministry holding a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery, where Jim will be honored for his military service by The Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

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