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James Henry Thoma

April 10, 1927November 9, 2020

James Henry Thoma, age 93, of Port St. Lucie, FL and formerly of Villa Park, IL, passed away on November 9, 2020. Loving father of Jim of Port St. Lucie, FL and daughter, Kathy (James Stittsworth) of St. Johns, FL. Cherished Papa of Shannon and Shaun Stittsworth; step grandfather of Jessica (John Michael) Dowell, Toni Stittsworth and Melissa Michurski; dear brother-in-law of Joan Staven and Harryett King; cherished uncle to many. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ramona; parents, Joseph and Margaret; brothers Robert, Richard, Thomas and Donald; sister, Elizabeth; parents-in-law Harriet and David King; brothers-in-law James King, Richard King and Duane Staven; and sisters-in-law Eleanor Thoma, Ida Mary Thoma, Maryrose Thoma and Barbara Thoma.

Member of Holy Family Catholic Church, PSL. Jim was born in Milwaukee, WI to Joseph and Margaret, and grew up in Oak Park, IL. He attended St. Edmund Grade School and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1945. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He graduated from the University of WI in 1950 with a degree in business administration. Jim was employed as a sales representative for Ohio Medical Products for 36 years and was inducted into the Products Sales Achievement Hall of Fame in 1980. He met his wife, Ramona King, at the UW. They were married in 1953 and had two children, Kathy and Jim. They lived in Elmhurst, IL for 2 years and in Villa Park, IL for 54 years. Jim was very active in Villa Park Youth Baseball and was a member of the Villa Park Lion’s Club where he was Lion of the Year in 1992 and president in 2002-2003. The family enjoyed summer vacations with family friends at Hahn’s Roost Resort in Hayward, WI where he finally caught his prized “keeper” musky in 1971. Jim excelled at baseball in his youth and in bowling and golf as an adult. He loved Dixieland jazz music and played the trombone in the Mad Monks of Melody for over 20 years. One of the highlights of his musical career was playing with the Chicago Cubs Dixieland Band at Wrigley Field several times. Jim’s wife, Mona, passed away in 2011 after 58 years of marriage. He moved to Florida and lived with his son, Jim. He was much loved by his family and friends, and will be greatly missed.

A Private Funeral Mass for Family will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church, 2330 SE Mariposa Ave., Port St. Lucie, FL, at 12:00 PM EST on 11/21/2020. Mass will be live streamed on Facebook, attendees can search for Aycock Funeral Home - Floresta (facebook.com/AycockFloresta) and LIKE the page-the live streaming will begin approximately 10 minutes before the service and will be available for viewing afterwards.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be a gathering following the Mass. He will be interred at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) would be appreciated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home in Port Saint Lucie, FL.

Please visit their website at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/port-st-lucie-fl/james-thoma-9898673 where family and friends are encouraged to share memories of Jim.

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  • Loving father of Jim of Port St. Lucie, FL and daughter, Kathy (James Stittsworth) of St. Johns, FL. Cherished Papa of Shannon and Shaun Stittsworth; step grandfather of Jessica (John Michael) Dowell, Toni Stittsworth and Melissa Michurski; dear brother-in-law of Joan Staven and Harryett King; cherished uncle to many.


    Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ramona; parents, Joseph and Margaret; brothers Robert, Richard, Thomas and Donald; sister, Elizabeth; parents-in-law Harriet and David King; brothers-in-law James King, Richard King and Duane Staven; and sisters-in-law Eleanor Thoma, Ida Mary Thoma, Maryrose Thoma and Barbara Thoma.

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RICK-RAD Higdon

November 24, 2020

Hey, Kathy and Jimmy
So sorry to hear about your dad's passing away. You've got to know that the good Lord kept him here and put a whole lot of people in his path to make their lives better. The entire Higdon family sends their condolences to both of you.
I've known your Dad A LOT of years, and have a lot of memories of him. One of my favorite memories is all the tennis matches we had with Jimmy, Uncle Richie, Jim and myself, and also the Russian doubles with Jim, Jimmy, and me. All the times down in the" den" and watching football games, cheering and YELLING at the TV!!😂😂.
Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your family, your dad was like a second father to me, and I really loved, and respected him. Loved havin a three way catch with him, me and Jimmy in the back yard. His knowledge of baseball was unbelievable!!
I truly believe that he's in heaven with Mona, waiting for the rest of us.
Love, Rick and Maryanne

Kelly Gersh

November 21, 2020

Alan and I have had the privilege of knowing Jim since he moved down to Florida. We have had many great times with him, from going out to dinner, playing trivia and listening to music. We feel truly blessed to have met him and he will be missed.

Bob Hahn

November 20, 2020

On behalf of my Mom, Bertha, and myself I can say we are saddened by the news of Jim’s passing. I have fond memories of him going back to the 50’s when he was like a favorite uncle to my brother Tom and me. He talked to us like he cared, not like some adults who had no time for kids. He and my Dad, John, we’re buddies at work and a visit from Jim to our home was very special. Playing catch, the “Magic Nickel” trick and, later, golf were all super. A super guy!!!

Leslie Parker-Earll

November 20, 2020

Although I met you late in your life, I loved playing trivia with you and Jim. Sorry this pandemic ended that. I would have loved to get to know more about you and your life. Angels, I'm sure, were waiting with open arms when you arrived in Heaven.

Matt Tretina

November 19, 2020

Jim and Kathy,
Sorry about your dad’s passing. He and your mom were always so nice to me back in the day when we all used to spend time at your house. Your dad would always joke around with us and make us feel welcome anytime we showed up. Those were good times and some great memories!
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.
And may perpetual light shine upon him.
RIP Mr. T

Robert Ciufo

November 19, 2020

Jim you're a wonderful son you took care of your dear father and you serve the Lord Faithfully you are in our prayers God bless you your sister and family God bless you guys if you need anything let us know. Hold on to the beautiful memories

Vicki O'Neil

November 18, 2020

I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Jim's father But knowing his son Jim for many years I know we have Another heavyweight in heaven.

Brenda Pecora

November 18, 2020

Jim was a very social guy. He got Jim junior out of the house more often. We Enjoyed celebrating birthdays together and playing Trivia. He knew more answers than any of us. I referred to him as dad when I texted.. A lot of friends turned out for his 90 th birthday at Applebee’s. He had a knack for making you feel welcomed and cared about. I’ll miss that.

Myrna Wong

November 18, 2020

My condolences and prayers Jim to you and your family in this sad time. May God surround you with His love.

John Giorgis

November 17, 2020

My deepest condolences to Jim and Kathy on the loss of their Father.

May the Divine Assistance remain always with us and may the soul of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Amen.

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