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James Edward Jiovanazzo

December 11, 1936 ~ August 1, 2022 (age 85)

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James E. Jiovanazzo

James “Jim” Jiovanazzo, 85, of Lebanon, OH and formerly of Elyria, OH, passed away with his family by his side on Monday, August 1, 2022.

James was born on December 11, 1936 in Elyria, OH to his loving parents, Anthony Salvatore and Maria Antonette (nee Anastasio) Jiovanazzo.

Jim graduated from Saint Thomas Military Academy in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1955. He continued his education at the University of Dayton earning his BS in Education in 1962 and MS in Education in 1972. He married Barbara Ann (nee Tansey) on July 9, 1966. James taught high school history and political science for 30 years with Dayton City Schools.

He married Anne Dahling on February 12, 2000, and they resided together in Highland Beach, FL for over 17 years. He was a member of Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a volunteer for the Florence Fuller Child Development Center and volunteered to save the turtles and other Florida wildlife. He was also a member of the League of Women Voters. He enjoyed singing in the choir, performing in theater productions, collecting radio shows, listening to big band music, and playing in his Jug Band. In 2016, Jim moved to Lebanon to be closer to family.

He is survived by his children, Anne-Marie (Michael) Cors of Lebanon, OH, Antony (Malinda) Jiovanazzo of Shorewood, IL, and Christina Jiovanazzo of Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Frances and Samantha Cors: and Olivia Jiovanazzo; and many loving nieces, nephews and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Marie Antonette Jiovanazzo; wife, Barbara Ann in 1980; wife, Anne Dahling in 2016; sister, Catherine Gentile; brothers, Joseph and Dominic Giovannazzo; nephews, Joseph and Anthony Jiovanazzo and Terrence Tansey Jr; and great nephew, Theodore Giovannazzo.

The family will receive family and friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, OH on Friday, August 5, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 6, 2022. Christian burial services will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Vermilion, OH. Memorial donations may be made in Jim’s memory to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington St, Suite 310, Wellesley Hills, MA 02418 or Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8690 Yankee St, Washington Twp, OH 45458 or the American Heart Association, P.O. BOX 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. Online condolences may be sent to the family by using 

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August 5, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Reidy - Scanlan - Giovannazzo

Funeral Service
August 6, 2022

11:00 AM
Reidy - Scanlan - Giovannazzo

Interment following funeral service
August 6, 2022

Maple Grove Cemetery
8303 Cemetery Rd
Vermilion, OH 44089


Cure Alzheimer's Fund
34 Washington Street, Suite 200, Wellesley Hills MA 02481
Tel: 1-781-237-3800

American Heart Association
P.O. BOX 840692, Dallas TX 75284-0692

Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
8690 Yankee St., Washington Twp OH 45458

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