James Kenneth Megiel

August 29, 1943May 14, 2013

James “Jim” Kenneth Megiel, 69, formerly of Sarasota, FL and NY died at home on May 14, 2013 surrounded by his family.

Jim was born in Port Washington, NY to the late Mr. & Mrs. John J. and Anna Petrowski Megiel. He served in the US Army during the Vietnamese War and was stationed statewide at Fort Benning in Georgia. He met his wife Margaret (nee Ernst) in Long Island and they have spent forty-nine loving years together. He was a licensed funeral director for 27 years and retired after twenty-five years from Riverside Memorial Chapel in New York in 1995. He and Margaret retired to Sarasota, FL and then to North Carolina to be closer to their two daughters and grandchildren. He was adored and lovingly called “Papa” by many close to him.

He is survived by his wife Margaret; daughters and their spouses, Michelle Mann (Ronald) of Winston-Salem and Melissa Parnitzke (Michael) of Clemmons; four grandchildren, Brian Manuel and Eric James Belaustegui, and Sophia Margaret and Emmalyne Ashley Parnitzke; brother, John C. “Jack” Megiel of NY; sister, Patricia Diestel (Jim) of FL; sisters-in-law, Myra Megiel of FL and Annette Schweizer (Artie) of FL; nephews Greg Diestel, Robert Megiel and Kenneth Schweizer; niece, Kathleen Wright along with several other nieces and nephews; dearest friends, Tony Cerrito, Bill Corbitt, Bob Hanz who has been like a brother to him, Artie Sekunda, Lamont “Monty” Tillot, Charlie Todaro and Dr. Jenny White. He was preceded in death by his sister, Constance “Connie” Rose and brother; Robert “Doc” Megiel.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Frank Vogler and Sons Clemmons Chapel. Funeral services will be held at the Chapel on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 11:00 am. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Mr. Megiel will be remembered by his family and friends as a loving and caring husband, father and friend with a great sense of humor. He had a passion for his family and he truly loved life. The family would like to thank the wonderful nurses and staff (our angels) at the Hospice & Palliative CareCenter. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Attn: Finance Department, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.


  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 18, 2013

James Kenneth Megiel

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Howard & Lea waldman

December 23, 2013

Dear Margaret and family,
We are saddened to learn about Jim's passing. We always considered him to be part of our lives. We will always remember his smile, his laugh, his stories, and his love of life. Jim will forever be in our memories and especially in our hearts!

With all our love,
Howard and Lea Waldman

Bruce Jacobs

June 3, 2013

Jim, it was an honor and privilege to have known you and worked with you, "back in the day," at Riverside Memorial Chapel. You were truly a gentleman! My deepest and most sincere condolences to your entire family!

May 22, 2013

Dear Margaret, Jim was a great co-worker and friend. I was terribly saddened to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. God bless you. Rich merola

Anthony Dolciotto

May 19, 2013

Message from the Dolciotto's
Uncle Jimmy (or Jimbo) as we called him. Not a traditional Uncle through family, but more of an Uncle by default. I met Jimmy through a good friend (Robert J. Hanz). For as long as I have known them, Jimmy and Margette have always treated me like family and I will never lose the memories. Jimmy was not just a good friend but an amazing mentor to me. He always seemed to have the right answers and if he didn't have the rights answer, he would get them to me ASAP. Jimmy was so giving in many ways, but the biggest way was with his heart. Some of the truest memories came on the golf course with Jimmy and Bob Hanz. They would fight and bicker (all in good fun of course) to a point that it became so amusing that if one time they did not bicker and fight I would say “I demand my money back”. So many good times and memories. Uncle Jimmy, I know you are reading this, don't forget to set a tee time for when Bob and I come meet you in heaven.
Love you

Ofra & Haya Vered

May 18, 2013

Dear Margaret, Michelle, Melissa & Family,

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad (Jimmy). I have known him since I was 16, through Bob, and my sister Florence. He was a wonderful human being. He had a great sense of humor. He and your mother Margaret were a wonderful couple. Knowing him with all his great attributes I can safely say he was a great father. I pray you find peace and that all the memories you have with that wonderful man will bring you to a good place.

All our prayers are with you and your family,

Ofra, and Ema

Tara Brown

May 17, 2013

Mel and family,
I am thinking about all of you and I'm so sorry about your Dad. I really wish I could be there to support you and show my respects, but we are out of the country until late Sunday. He was so blessed to have a daughter like you, and what a comfort it must have been for him to have you at his side until the very end.

Tiffany Klein

May 17, 2013

Uncle Jimmy - You have always been in our life and we love you like family. I will always remember your laugh, your love for your family, and your forever loyalty and friendship with my dad. Even though we didn't get to see you that much you were always a constant in our life and you will be greatly missed. We love you always - Tiffany, Aaron, Morgan and Taylor

Valerie, Mathew, Aidan and Abigail Hegarty

May 17, 2013

Uncle Jimbo, you will be greatly missed. I've known you my whole life and you have always been part of our family. We love you so much and will miss you everyday! We love you!
Margaret, Melissa, Michelle and family, we are so so sorry. He was a great, great man who loved with all of his heart. We love you and our prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time.

Jena Lineberry

May 16, 2013

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Papa was such a happy soul and the one time that I was privileged to meet him, he charmed me with all his stories!

May 16, 2013

Mel and family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We so enjoyed getting to know Jim even if it was only for a short time.
Ravi and Kristen, Sunita, Matthew and Mikey (Winston-Salem, NC)