James Jafolla

James Jafolla

Saturday, May 17th, 1947 Friday, March 22nd, 2019

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Obituary for James W. Jafolla

Iron Mountain-James W. Jafolla, age 71, of Iron Mountain, Mich., passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife at his side on Friday, March 22, 2019. He was born on May 17, 1947, in Iron Mountain, Mich., son of the late James Ralph Jafolla and Ruth (Harding) Petrick.

James grew up and attended school in Iron Mountain, prior to moving to Hermansville, where he graduated from Hermansville High School, class of 1965. On August 4, 1967, James was united in marriage with Donna Tomasi at Trinity United Methodist Church in Iron Mountain.

James was a skilled tool and die maker in the surrounding area for 35 years before he and his wife moved to Sheridan, Wyoming. There, he worked for 15 years in public service as an application/ design engineer and safety officer for the rehabilitation of handicapped clients.

James loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also had a lifelong passion for motorcycle riding.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna Jafolla; three daughters: Jeannie (Todd) Otto, Shawano, Wisconsin, Kristine Koss, Laramie, Wyoming and Andrea (Justin) Everts, Beverly Hills, Florida; one son: Jesse (DeAnna) Jafolla, Williston, North Dakota; seven grandchildren, Abbie Koss, Charlie Koss, Sophia Everts, Olivia Everts, Victoria Everts, Anthony Jafolla and Audrey Jafolla. James is also survived by two sisters, Bonnie LeGrave and Sherry Wester; as well as five brothers; Bobby Petrick, Greg Petrick, Jeff Petrick, Mike Petrick, and Terry Jafolla.

In addition to his parents, James is preceded by one brother Mark Petrick.

Visitation will be Friday, March 29, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Iron Mountain. Funeral services will be held Friday,11:00 a.m., at the church. Pastor Geri Hamlen will officiate. Lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the church. Burial will take place in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.

The family would like to thank everyone who offered James their care, love, and friendship throughout his life and during his final days.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Iron Mountain, Mich. to honor James’ legacy of life.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    808 Carpenter Ave.
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    Friday, March 29th, 2019
    9:00am - 11:00am
  • Service

    Friday, March 29th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Trinity United Methodist Church
    808 Carpenter Ave.
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    Friday, March 29th, 2019
    Pastor Geri Hamlen
  • Interment

    Cemetery Park
    Cedar Avenue
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James Tomasi

Aunt Bonnie, Aunty Donna and family, We are very sorry for your loss; Uncle Jim was always a kind, quiet presence that I remember with his smile just as he is in the picture you posted. I wish I lived closer, but know that I am thinking of you. Jim & Stacey Tomasi & Family
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Michael Tomasi

Aunt Donna, Aunt Bonnie, Jeannie, Kristine, and Jesse..I am sorry to hear about Uncle Jim. I will always remember the fun times we had together when we visited when we were Kids. I hope we will see you all again one day. Mike Tomasi and Family.
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Michael Tomasi

And Andrea!! Mike
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Carol McCallum

Thinking of all of you and keeping you in our hearts. Wish we lived closer together . . .
Carol & Mike McCallum & Family
Comment | Posted at 08:39am via Condolence

Caroline Nelson

Andrea, sending special thoughts and prayers as you honor your Dad. Your forever friend, Caroline
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Brother James. This worlds loss, is now Heavens gain. Your sister Sherry & Jeff
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