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Philip James La Mantia

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La Mantia, Philip James "Jim" Jim La Mantia, 70, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 6, at South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, IL. Jim is survived by one daughter, Marcia LeVan; four grandchildren, David La Mantia, Dylan, Melody, and Taylor LeVan; one sister, Gloria (John) Harkins; two brothers, Dan (Neddie) Whitlatch, and Thomas Whitlatch, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Philip N. La Mantia and Dorothea Whitlatch; his brother, Guy "Butch" Whitlatch, and his beloved daughter, Nancy La Mantia. A respected music teacher, he will be remembered most for his cultivating fine musicians, as well as his sharp sense of humor. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the hall of St. Maria Goretti, 500 Northgate Drive, Dyer, IN. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to or Merit School of Music http://meritmusic.org
Published in the Daily Southtown on Apr. 13, 2014
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