VIENNA - James R. Wittenauer, 74, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at home.
He was born Aug. 27, 1938, in Youngstown, the son of Carl V. and Dorothy Brown Wittenauer.
A graduate of Hubbard High School, Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1955 to 1958 as a jet mechanic aboard the USS Coral Sea.
After his stint in the Navy, he returned home to work at the former Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. He then worked for General Motors, and later, Electronic Data Systems, Lordstown, retiring in 1993.
Jim was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church (formerly St. Vincent DePaul Church), Vienna, where he served as an usher and participated in many church activities.
He also was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3521, Vienna.
Jim especially enjoyed the First Monday Breakfasts with his fellow Lordstown and Sheet and Tube retirees at Yankee Kitchen, Vienna.
An avid reader of military history, he also enjoyed taking care of his yard and garden, where peppers, tomatoes and zucchini grew bountifully.
Grandpa's greatest pleasure was visiting with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Swogger Wittenauer, whom he married Sept. 8, 1979. Also surviving are his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, daughter Theresa (Michael) Harnichar and their children, Ian and Kelsey Webb, all of Newton Falls; daughter Andrea (Jeff) Swogger of Vienna, and their family, Randy (Joanna) Swogger and their children, Christian, Gavin and Jacquelyne of West Farmington; Josh (Angie) Swogger and their children, Abbie, Maddy and Baby Elle of Girard, and Dana Swogger of Vienna; daughter, Karen (Martin) Silber of Germantown, Md.; and son James R. (Erika) Wittenauer II and their children, Amanda and Faith of Salem.
Also surviving are three brothers, Edward Wittenauer of Young-stown, Charles Wittenauer of Hubbard and Jerry (Barb) Wittenauer of New Middletown; three sisters, Rose (Gene) Yuhas of Struthers, Martha (Robert) Tygart of Arkansas and Joan (Frank) Clark of Louisiana; and his wife's brothers and sisters, whom he also considered his family, Art Swogger of Orangeville, George Swogger, Betty Felicetty, Oscar Jr. and Judie Swogger, Richard and Bessie Horvath, Nancy Benak, Carl and Ada Swogger, Georgianna and John Shingledecker and Rick and Bonnie Swogger, all of Masury; Buster and Mary Swogger of Akron, the Rev. Gary and Beverly Swogger of Medina; Karen and John Boyer and Gail and Jim Longwell, all of Burghill; Carol Mathey of Henderson, Nev.; and Dolly and Steve Devito of Brookfield; and a host of nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Margaret Goterba.
Calling hours for friends and family will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Madasz Chapel of Lane Family Funeral Homes, 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield, OH 44403, 330-448-6969. Calling hours will also be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Closing prayers will begin at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home to be followed by the celebration of a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Vienna with the Rev. Frank Zanni as celebrant. Burial will follow in Vienna Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Vienna Food Pantry, in care of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4453 Warren Sharon Road, Vienna, OH 44473. Family and friends may view this memorial tribute and send condolences to www.lane-funeralhomes.com.