James M. (Jim) Maggio, age 68, passed away on Jan., 29, 2021, in Woodstock, Ill. He was born on May 23, 1952, in Chicago, the son of Peter and Ruth (Helmuth) Maggio.
Jim grew up in Chicago and graduated from Lane Tech College Prep High School in 1970. Following graduation, Jim enlisted in the Naval Air Reserves, serving until 1982, and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle campus.
Jim was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone and AT&T for 32 years. He met his wife, Sue, at IBT, and they were married on Dec. 6, 1979. In 1980 they moved to Woodstock, and Jim served the community in many capacities. He was president of the Woodstock Jaycees 1985-1986, especially enjoying the annual Christmas tree sales, Haunted House, and camaraderie enjoyed among the members. Jim was given the honor of being Jaycee Senator No. 44443. He served on the board of the Woodstock Little League, as well as being a manager of the Sonics and a coach of the Brewers. Along with his children, he participated in Indian Guides and Indian Princesses and joined Boyd Kastning to provide BJ’s Thanksgiving dinner for those in need of a meal or fellowship. Jim thoroughly enjoyed being part of the “film crew” for football games at Woodstock High School. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Woodstock, serving as a trustee, deacon, member of the Building and Pastor Nominating committees, and Senior High Youth adviser.
Jim loved spending time at the “Lakehouse,” fishing, swimming, and boating. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in sports/school events, and spending time with them, especially at the lake. Even though living part-time in Wisconsin, he remained a devoted fan of the Bears and Cubs. Jim will be remembered for his sense of humor and commitment to family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Sue; his children, Heidi (Jason) Schnulle, Tony (Roxanne Rodriguez), and Jamie (Eric) Kriete; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Waylon, Tess, Gwen, Michaela, Tony (LT), Dominic, Giovi, Cesca, Fina, and Evelyn; brothers, Joe (Eileen) and Tom (Sherry Lauterbach); sisters-in-law, Lori (Chris) Biesemeier, Kim (Scott) Ramsby; brother-in-law, Bill (Cheryl) Free; numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Bev Free; sister-in-law, Linda Maggio; and brother-in-law, Steve Talbott.
Due to Covid restrictions, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the family for determination at a later date.
For information, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710, or visit slmcfh.com.