GIRARD — James D. Maderitz, age 81, of Girard, Ohio, passed away Monday evening, May 13, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Jim was born in Youngstown, Ohio, July 19, 1931, the son of Ralph and Rose (Scirocco) Maderitz.
Jim was a member of St. Rose Church. He was a graduate of St. Rose School, Girard High School Class of 1949, and Heidelburg College Class of 1953. Jim served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Campaign.
Jim enjoyed various careers. He started in the recording and entertainment industry during the mid 50’s and 60’s. He worked promotions with the top recording artist of the day. During this period, Jim produced the hit recording of “Rama Lama Ding Dong” by the local Edsel Group and published the song through his Jimbo Publishing, The son ranks today as a world wide Doo Wop Classic.
Jim was appointed in 1974 the Director of the Trumbull County Juvenile Court and served until 2001. Jim also served as the court’s project director for the drafting of the Domestic Relations Juvenile Court Bldg.
Jim really enjoyed sports, watching as well as participating. He was a starter on the first St. Rose Football Team in 1944, as well as the Girard High School Steel valley Baseball Champions of 1948. And the Heidelberg College Ohio Conference Softball Champion of 1952.
Jim was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Jim enjoyed meeting new people and traveling to see his family and spending time with them.
Jim married Dolores “Dee” Reyes on August 29, 1959. Dee passed away Dec. 25, 1995.
Jim leaves behind to remember and pray for him, his son; Gregory R. (Renee) Maderitz of York, Pa.; his daughter, Marla Rose (Lee) Stauffer of Girard, Ohio; grandchildren, Gregory, Nicholas, and Christopher Maderitz, and Sahara, Hayden and Dane Stauffer; brother, Jospeh Maderitz of Youngstown; and his fiancée, Betty Kist of Ashtabula.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dee; and his son, James Maderitz.
A Funeral Mass was held Friday, May 17th, at 10 a.m., at St. Rose Catholic Church. Prayers were held 9:30 a.m., Friday morning, at McCLURKIN FUNERAL HOME prior to the Church Mass.
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