James F. Giannini

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James F. Giannini, age 86, died peacefully on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in his Highland home surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine (Rovai) Giannini; parents: Lorenzo and Elina Giannini; parents-in-law: Giuseppe and Gina Rovai; brother, Amerigo Giannini and his wife, Helen; sister, Catherine Rizzo and her husband, Louis; sister, Florinda Suter and her husband, Al; brother-in-law, James Viater; brother-in-law, Fred Rovai; brother-in-law Ray Rovai and his wife, Phyllis; and son-in-law, Jim Moran. James is survived by daughters: Linda (late Jim) Moran, Donna (Joe) Nicksic, Sandi (Michael) Stoffregen, and Terri (Bob) Hoolehan; his great legacy, his 12 grandchildren: Carrie (Ken) Shield, Beth (Joel) Mehling, Erin (Benjamin) Crill, Bob (Alison) Nicksic, Ben and Katie Nicksic; Mike, Gina and Nick Stoffregen; Kevin (fiancee Breanne Davis) Hoolehan; Anthony and Giuliana Hoolehan; great grandchildren: Lily and Max Shield; Brody and Elliot Mehling; Audrey Crill and Adam Nicksic; sister, Laurene Viater; special friend and longtime employee, Bob (Brenda) Block; his Thursday morning breakfast club friends; and many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Jim was born and raised in Indiana Harbor. He was raised by his Italian immigrant parents in a community that was rich in faith, ethnicity, family, and tradition. Jim graduated from Central High School (Bishop Noll) at age 16. He went on to graduate from Purdue University, West Lafayette, as an Electrical Engineer, and got his Professional Engineering license soon thereafter. He married Josephine Rovai, of Hammond, in April, 1949, and together they raised four daughters. Jo died in 1996 after nearly 47 years of marriage. Jim was a former Town Engineer in Schererville as well as Merrillville, and had his own Consulting Engineering firm, James F. Giannini & Associates, for 50+ years. He was passionate about his profession, and continued to work until just a few days prior to his death. In fact, he just passed his P.E. renewal license exam in June, 2012 at age 86. One of his favorite sayings was, "I never worked a day in my life!" For a number of years he was a part time professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, a role that appealed to him because he loved to impart his wealth of knowledge on a vast number of topics to anyone with a willing ear. Jim was also a member of the Hammond Optimist Club; Knights of Columbus Monsignor Connelly Council # 1700 (East Chicago) - 4th degree; and was on the Board of Directors of Share Foundation. Visitation will be Friday, March 8, 2013 from 2:00-9:00 p.m. with a Knights of Columbus Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 8580 Wicker Ave., St. John, IN. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013 beginning with prayers at the funeral home at 11:15 a.m. Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon at St. Maria Goretti Church, 500 Northgate Drive, Dyer, IN with Father Charles Niblick officiating; concelebrated by Father Dennis Blaney. Jim was a man of deep faith, strength of character and integrity and will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Share Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fagenmiller.com. We would love for you to share your favorite stories about this wonderful man with us!

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Published in The Times from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2013
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