Friday, September 11, 2009

CHOW Pantry Volunteer Remembered

James W. Savage of Johnson City

James W. Savage, 78, of Johnson City, died at home Tuesday afternoon, September 8, 2009. He was predeceased by his parents, James and Helen Savage. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Loretta; a very special sister-in-law, Sister Clara Pedo, D.C., Bladensburg, MD; five children and spouses, Theresa Savage, James M. and Beverly Savage, all of Johnson City, Marie and Francis Drialo, Allentown, NJ, Celeste Savage, Matthew and Cherie Savage, all of Johnson City; seven grandchildren, Jeanette Savage, David Wilson, Keith Wilson and his wife Lisa, Elizabeth Drialo, Mary Elizabeth Savage, Sarah and Jacquelyn Savage, four great-grandchildren, Megan Wilson, Hunter Cheatwood, Evelyn and Andrew Wilson; also numerous cousins. He was a member and Eucharistic Minister at St. James Church, Johnson City and worked in the CHOW pantry, bingo and over the years many functions at St. James. He was a member of the Noctural Adoration Society and St. Patrick's Adoration Chapel. He was a devout Roman Catholic who converted to his faith prior to marrying his wife. His religion was very important to him and he instilled this deep faith to his children. He had served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired employee of the IBM Corp. in Endicott with over 25 years of service and was a member of it's Quarter Century Club. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, going on summer vacations to Cape Cod and traveling to see his sister-in-law. He will be deeply missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at the J.F. Rice Funeral Home, Inc., 150 Main St., Johnson City, Saturday at 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at St. James Church where a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may send donations to the CHOW pantry at St. James Church or make memorial contributions to the St. James Church Memorial Fund, 147 Main St., Johnson City, NY 13790 in James W. Savage's memory.

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