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Oliva, James J.

Kirkwood: James J. Oliva, 88, of Kirkwood, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his loving parents, Salvatore and Maria Oliva; father and mother-in-law, Mike and Lillie Pagano; beloved sister, Josephine Penna; and sister-in-law, Louise Gregus. James is survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Antoinette (Ann) Oliva; five children and their spouses, Salvatore Oliva, Cathy Oliva, James Jr. and Melanie Oliva, Edward and LuAnn Oliva, Mary and Christopher Martinson, Michael and Karen Oliva; thirteen grandchildren and their spouses, Jada Oliva, Randy Oliva, Scott Oliva, Justin Oliva, Nicholas and Kaitlin Martinson, Daniel Martinson, Eric and Jessica Oliva, Jeff and Leah Oliva, Brittany (Chase) Oliva, Crystal Speer, Nathan Oliva, Lindsey Oliva; four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews including two special nephews and their wives, Vincent and Carolyn Penna and Mike and Laura Gregus. James proudly served in the Army during WWII in the 299th Combat Engineers, who were one of the first to invade the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He retired from the Binghamton City School District and was a member of the American Legion Post 82 in Endicott as well as the Sons of Italy and the Moose Club. The family would like to thank all the special angels at Willow Point Nursing Home South One for treating Jim with respect, dignity and for loving him. He truly loved you all back. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. at Savage Funeral Home, Thursday, April, 18, 2013, 338 Conklin Ave, Binghamton, NY 13903 with Military Honors at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a Memorial Mass on Friday, April 19, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, 148 Clinton St., Binghamton. Burial will be in the family plot at Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the and pass along an act of kindness and a good joke as Jim would have done. Condolences may be expressed online at

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Apr. 17 to Apr. 19, 2013
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