James E. "Jim" Narolis, Sr., 78, of Taberg, passed away on Friday, January 20, 2012, at Rome Memorial Hospital. He was born on December 9, 1933, in Taberg, the son of Mela and Barbara Zalac Narolis, Sr. On January 31, 1959, Jim was united in marriage to Joanne O’Rourke in St. John’s Church in Camden.
Jim proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force for twenty-two years. Upon his retirement from the service, he worked at Griffiss Air Force Base for eighteen years.
He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Taberg and the Meeker-O’Rourke American Legion. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors.
Surviving besides his loving wife of fifty-two years, Joanne; are a daughter, Denise Amo, of Taberg; three sons and a daughter-in-law, James Narolis, Jr., of Sacramento, CA; Michael and Tricia Narolis, of Chittenango; and Robert Narolis and his significant other, Darla Marris, of Camden; two sisters, Dorothy Weber, of Rome, and Anna Betsinger, of Canastota; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Andrew Narolis, of Taberg; Francis and Barbara Narolis, of Taberg; and George and Betty Narolis, of Topeka, KS; seven grandchildren, Kayla, Jordann, Kevin Jr., Adriana, Alivia, Ryley, and Brayden; one great-grandson, Jonathan; and several nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by three sisters, Mary Bruggerman, Esther Slocum, and Helen Narolis; and four brothers, Joseph, Michael, Mela Jr., and John Narolis.
Jim’s family would like to express their gratitude to the Taberg Volunteer Fire Department, the staff at Rome Memorial Hospital and Amcare Ambulance Service for the kindness and compassion shown to them.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 9464 St. Rt. 13, Camden at 6:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited and may call on Wednesday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association.
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