James Severene Chvala(1987 - 2012)

James Severene Chvala September 12, 1987 - November 7, 2012 James was his given name but to many he was known as "Jimmy." Jimmy was born and raised in Bakersfield. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Nancy Chvala, along with his Grandmothers Mary Ellen Valladares of Bakersfield, CA and Barabra Chvala from Oswego, NY. Jimmy was proud to be the younger brother to, Joslyn Hodson and husband Kevin and Jessica Kanda and husband Darren. Although it was brief, he felt it was a blessing to be Uncle Jimmy to Ryan, Nyla and LeAnn. Jimmy also loved his cousins, Cami, Cassi, Jaclyn, Joaquin, James, Janae and Amanda. Jimmy valued his relationships with his Tio Larry and Aunts Donna and Lisa Valladares Jimmy was preceded in death by his Grandfathers Joaquin Valladares, Kasper Severene Chvala and Uncles Jacky and Jimmy Valladares. Like his Papa Jack, 1949, and Mother, 1979, he was a graduate of Bakersfield High School 2006. He was a proud Driller. Jimmy touched many lives and had skills of many trades, He Served coffee as a barista, cleaned instruments and tools in the Kern County Oil Industry; a store model at Abercrombie and Fitch, to jumping as an Airborne Combat Engineer Paratrooper. During his time in the military, Jimmy was able to connect with his family on the East Coast, which was a huge addition to his happiness. The Chvala uncles Danny, Richard, David and Mike were of great influence as well as his many cousins that he gained relationships of recent. Good Relationships with family and close friends were a major concern thru out Jimmy's life. He tried to keep them close thru keeping the line of communication open. He valued words and using them in song brought him great comfort. His passing was tragic, Jimmy was 25 years old when he was called to be with our Lord. He will be laid to rest at green lawn cemetery next to his Grandfather and Uncles. He will be with us thru our words to our Lord His words will continue as we read his poems and prayers Visitation will be held at 6pm with Rosary at 7pm at St. Francis Catholic Church on Monday, November 12, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be held November 13, 2012, 10 AM at St. Francis Catholic Church. www.bakersfield.com/obits

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Nov. 11, 2012