Jimmy Allen Niana

August 13, 1944May 19, 2013

Jimmy Allen Niana, 68, of Phoenix, Arizona went to be with the Lord on May 19, 2013. A U.S. Air force veteran, Jimmy retired after 30+ years from the U.S. Postal service and was a crossing guard for Sunset Canyon Elementary. He was predeceased by his father Ed Niana. He is survived by his loving wife Dina, children; Michael (Peggy) Niana, Lorie (Sean) Phillipps, mother Leah Niana, sister Brenda Laufer and brother Dave Niana. He also leaves behind his precious grandchildren; Sarah, John, James, Annabelle, Savanna, Scarlett, and Julianna. A visitation will be held at 10:00 am with funeral mass at 11:00 am on Friday, May 24, 2013 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 3801 E. Greenway Rd. Phoenix. Burial will follow at Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery 23015 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix. Arrangements entrusted to Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary. Please visit to leave online condolences for Jimmy’s family.


  • Visitation Friday, May 24, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 24, 2013
  • Interment Friday, May 24, 2013

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June 8, 2014

Miss you

Brenda Smith

May 30, 2013

Sending my sympathies and love to you. We will miss Jimmy at church and so will the kids. The good news is that we will reunite with God in a better place.

Brenda Smith

Pam Selthun

May 28, 2013

Dina, I was so sorry to hear about Jim's illness and his passing. You and he will always have a special place in our hearts for your loving care of our children over the years in the church nursery. May God be with you and may the support of friends and family keep you steady and strong. God's blessings and care during this difficult time of grief. My sincerest condolences,

May 24, 2013

Our most sincere condolences to Dina, Leah, Brenda and their families. We so regret that we never got the chance to spend time with Jimmy once our families went separate ways from West Frankfort. May your wonderful memories of him help comfort you as time moves on. . Bill & Judy Lolli . . Janet DellaValle

Margi Schultz

May 23, 2013

I literally grew up in the Niana's kitchen - Brenda and I are lifelong friends - and Jimmy has been a part of my life since then. He was a wonderful, gentle man and I will miss him dearly. My love and prayers to Dina and all of Jimmy's family.

Jay Boston

May 23, 2013

Jimmy will be greatly missed at his crossing station. I walked past Jimmy many times during the week over the course of 10+ years. He was a gentle caring man and I am a better person for having known him. My deepest condolences to his wife Dina and her wonderful family.
RIP dear pal.
With Love,
Jay Boston

May 22, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of Jim's crossing over. I did not know him that well, but I did know he believed in God and was not afraid to meet his maker.
I enjoyed talking to him while he was working as a crossing guard. He really enjoyed talking to the kids and helping them across the street. He also always had treats for my two dogs, and they loved that.
All his friends will miss him ,and always think about him when we pass that corner.
Rest in peace Jim, you earned it.
Gretta Guisinger and CJ & Charlie

May 22, 2013

we are very sorry for the loss of this great man, our deep condolenses to the family
Anna & Pasquale D'Aliesio