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May 14, 2013

James D. Maderitz

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.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, July 19, 1931, he was 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. A Veteran, 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 song ranks today as a world wide Doo Wop Classic.

Jim then served as a teacher and supervisor at the experimental Mahoning Valley Vocational School, whose mission was to work with Disadvantaged Youth from the state of Ohio. He was then appointed in 1974 as 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. He served on various State and Local Juvenile Committees. He also served as Grand Knight of the Girard Knights of Columbus and President of the Girard Free Library board.

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 Heidelburg College Ohio Conference Softball Champion of 1952.

Jim was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed meeting new people, and traveling to see his family and spending time with them.

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