James W. Mooney, 87, of Monaca, passed away Wednesday morning, December 7, 2011, at Heritage Valley Beaver.
Born August 30, 1924, in New Brighton, he was a son of the late William and Mary (Boyle) Mooney. Jim was a retired employee of Arco Polymers, Potter Township. He proudly served his country during World War II in the US Navy, serving on the USS Newcomb, where he earned eight battle stars including the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima and the Battle of Surigao Strait. The ship was hit with four Kamikaze planes.
Jim was a former member and past assistant commander of the Beaver County Special Unit, a life member and past commander of the Monaca American Legion Post 580, a former member and past president of the Monaca Volunteer Fire Department #4 and a life member of Monaca Saxons Club, the Monaca Turners and the Beaver Falls Elks #348. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca where he served as an usher for over 40 years.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Ballish Mooney and a daughter, Janet McKeever of Monaca; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy DeMaggio of New Brighton, two brothers-in-law, James Ballish and Frank Lyons, all of Monaca; many nieces and nephews and a special friend, Perri Fronk of Monaca. Jim will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Weigle, in 1983, and three sisters, Theresa Mooney, Elizabeth McMurdy and Alice Allison.
Friends will be received Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Simpson Funeral & Cremation Services, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca, were parting prayers will be offered Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monaca.
Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
The B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #348 Beaver Falls will conduct a service Friday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
The Beaver County Special Unit will provide full military honors at the cemetery at 11 a.m.
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