James Henry Thoma
April 10, 1927 – November 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.
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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James Henry Thoma
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
November 18, 2020
My condolences and prayers Jim to you and your family in this sad time. May God surround you with His love.
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.
November 15, 2020
Jim and Mona were two of the nicest people who came regularly with Jim and Gretchen Kerns to the places Jim Beebe's Chicago jazz performed. Weekend after weekend they supported us with their love of our music. He was part of my 'Peanut Gallery' and often we would ask Jim to 'sit in' with his trombone for a song or two. he would be nervous, but bravely work his tunes beautifully I often asked him to join me on my gigs, too. The Thoma Family are beautiful people who we always looked forward to seeing, and they kept up with me after we left the Chicago area and after Beebe died. I have missed these people, and think the world of them. RIP Jim and Mona.
Adele Thoma Barree
November 14, 2020
My family and I have so many wonderful memories of times - happy and sad - with Uncle Jim, Aunt Mona and our cousins Kathy & Jimmy. Visits to their home in Villa Park and get togethers with the rest of the Chicago family members were highlights of every summer. It meant so much to me that they all came to my wedding in New Jersey and were there to support my brothers, me and our families at our Mother's and Dad's funerals in Florida.
When I think of Uncle Jim, I always think of music and how important it was to both our families. After our Dad's funeral, we gathered at Jimmy's house where he, Uncle Jim, my brother John and my son Alex played music together.
The last conversation we had with Uncle Jim was during our Easter Family Zoom get together, set up by Kathy and attended by Uncle Jim, our dear Uncle Don, and many of us cousins. As people left the Zoom meeting, Uncle Jim, Kathy and Jimmy stayed on to listen to our son Alex play the piano.
All our love goes out to Jimmy and Kathy and her family at this time, as well as to all my other dear cousins who share our loss.
November 12, 2020
I'll always cherish the 31 years of memories I had with papa. When me and my brother were younger, we spent many weekends in Villa Park. Like clockwork, papa would wake us up at 8am with eggos and bacon. He taught me to play pool and ping-pong in the basement, wiffle ball in the backyard, basketball in the driveway and to fish in the pond across the street. He taught me to love music, even oldies like Dixieland and Frank Sinatra. More recently we even came to share a mutual love of Lady Gaga. My parents may not have liked the times he took us to Al's smoke shop to get candy or to the pool without sunscreen, but ill never forget all these little moments. As I got older, papa changed from being my teacher to being my biggest fan, always making sure to ask if I was eating enough and to discuss the latest Gator game. No matter how much time we spent together, it will never be enough. Ill always miss him!