James L. "Jim" Abele

May 8, 1926July 25, 2013

Abele, James L. (Jim), age 87 of Kettering, died July 25, 2013. James was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Helen (Leonard) Abele and his brothers: Larry, Thomas, William, Richard, Jerry and sisters Mary and Sr. Teresilda (Dorothy), C.P.P.S.. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Catherine (Hoying) Abele and eight children: Jim (Mary) Abele, Cincinnati; Denise (Dr. Matthew) O'Connell, Centerville; Diane (Ted) Hobson, Columbus; Susan (Patrick) Ryan, Cleveland; Patricia(Jeff)Willoughby, Akron/Canton; David (Kathy) Abele, Cincinnati; John Abele, Cleveland; Kevin (Kim) Abele, Cincinnati; and 25 grandchildren: Catherine and Michael Abele; Meghan, Colleen (Smyth), Caitlin, Erin and Daniel O'Connell; Gerrit, Jackie, Maggie and Ben Hobson; Colin, Kevin and Patrick Ryan; Jennifer and Matthew Willoughby; Nicholas, Matthew and Claire Abele; Adam, Alicia and Aaron Abele; Maria, Christina and Dominic Abele. He is also survived by his sister Sr. Valeria, C.P.P.S. Jim Graduated from University of Dayton in 1950 - B.S. in Education, and Miami University in 1953 - M. Ed. He worked in education, for over forty years, as a teacher, principal and Superintendent at Fort Loramie, New Bremen and Incarnation Schools and at Werner Junior High School in Xenia. He holds a state superintendent's certificate and a permanent high school teaching certificate. He was a member of the American and Ohio Association of School Administrators, Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents, and Western Ohio Superintendents' and Principals' Roundtable. He was an involved member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church where he served on the parish council, education commission and worship commission and a member of most church committees at some time or another, most recently as Eucharistic Minister and member of the funeral choir. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 4022.Visitation at Tobias Funeral Home, 5741 Far Hills Avenue, on Sunday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial at 12:00 noon on Monday at St. Albert's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Dayton Right to Life or St. Albert the Great Catholic Church. Online condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 29, 2013

James L. "Jim" Abele

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Catherine Lepard

July 31, 2013

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Mary Lynn Thalheimer

July 29, 2013

Dear Mrs. Abele, Denise, Diane, Susie, Pat, Jim, David, John and Michael ... sending sincere sympathy on the loss of your father/husband. He led an incredibly full life and I know you will miss him dearly. My favorite memory of "Mr. Abele" occurred while visiting your home during Christmas break my senior year of college. While Denise, Diane and I played Christmas carols on the piano, Mr. Abele brought me a hot toddy. It tasted so good and he handed it to me with such Christmas cheer. I have never forgotten his smile at that moment. Mr. Abele will live on in the hearts and memories of many.

With Sympathy,
Mary Lynn Thalheimer

Pat & Katie Gibbons

July 29, 2013

Best wishes for a wonderful celebration of a wonderful life!

Ed Lachey

July 29, 2013

Many memories of Mr. Abele as our Latin and English teacher at Fort Loramie. Mr. Abele will always be remembered.

Coleen Petrello

July 27, 2013

Denise and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your father (grandfather). We will be keeping all of you in our prayers.

Much love,
Coleen Petrello and Family

July 27, 2013

My most recent, and ongoing contact with Jim was through the St. Albert Resurrection (funeral) since 1996 when I joined. He was not only a valuable voice in the choir, but a friend of our entire group. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Joan & Werner Piekenbrock

July 27, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Jim's family and friends at this difficult time. May God bless all of you in your memories of this very talented and gifted man.
Fr. Gary Aultz

Mark Quarry

July 26, 2013

Jim: May it bring you comfort to know that you, Mary, Catherine, Michael and your entire family are and will be in my and my family's prayers. God bless you all.

Matthew Stencil

July 26, 2013

Our thoughts are with you, John.
-The Stencils

Amanda Henkel

July 26, 2013

John, thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.