James E. McNamara

  • Born: November 11, 1929
  • Died: November 25, 2012
  • Location: Mokena, Illinois

Kurtz Memorial Chapel

102 E. Francis Road
P.O. Box 129
New Lenox, IL 60451

Tel. (815) 485-3200

Tribute & Message From The Family

James E. McNamara,

Age 83, of Mokena for 50 years, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on Sunday, November 25, 2012. He is survived his loving family; children Patricia (Al) Brown, Ann (Bob) Dilling, and Michael (Debbie) McNamara; grandchildren Maggie and Brian; brother in law John (Arlene) Hannon; sister in law Nathalie Backley; numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joan McNamara, parents James and Margaret (nee Rielly) McNamara; sister Mary (John)Burke; father and mother in law John and Claire Hannon and brother and sister in laws Richard Backley and Edward and Raymond Hannon and Roberta (Ed) Pajor.

He was a Veteran of the United States Army and a retired salesman for Sears.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, November 27, 2012 from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Road, New Lenox, IL 60451. Funeral service on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in the funeral home chapel at 10:00am. Interment, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jim was such a wonderful man. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed the time we got to spend with him. He was such a bold man of faith, and we learned so much from him. We will miss his stories, and laughter. God Bless you all.

Posted by Sarah, Tom, Caleb, Emma & Alivia Kilpatrick - Manhattan, IL - Friend   December 07, 2012

Mike, Ann, and Patti your dad was the greatest neighbor anyone could ever have. In my minds eye I can still see him with his dog out in the yard and your mom doing her walks. Jim will be missed by everyone who knew him. RIP my friend, you had a good run.

Posted by Patrick Shanahan - macon, MO - neighbor   December 03, 2012


I just heard about Jim and am so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad is one of the kindest men that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I will treasure the times I spent with him and your Mom along with a smile for all the memories. My deepest sympathy to you all and know my thoughts are with you.

Posted by Paula Bachmann - Mokena, IL - Friend   December 02, 2012

Your Dad was a very special man and true gentleman. He served faithfully on our Prayer Team at Parkview Christian Church and whenever I had the privildege of speaking to him it was wonderful. Thank you for sharing him with us! GOD Bless all of you.

Posted by Paula - Orland Park, IL - Friend   November 27, 2012

Jim (dad) was exactly where he wanted to be, in his lovely home with all his memories. He was a joy to be around & talk to about the old days & now. He loved his family & was well cared for. He will always have a SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. LOVE, JUDY

Posted by Ed & Judy Niemann- Vander Veen - Mokena, IL - Friend   November 27, 2012

Dear Patty, I'm so sorry to hear you and your siblings have lost your dad. I attend Parkview christian church & received an email about your dad going home to be with the Lord. I'm sorry I never knew him-he sounds awesome. Reminds me of the kind of person you always were. Thoughtful, kind and loving.
your old friend, Lori Stokes Mysliwiec

Posted by Lori Stokes Mysliwiec - New Lenox, IL - old friend   November 27, 2012

Dear Annie & Bob~
I am so sorry for your loss. I am so glad that I had the pleasure of meeting him and visiting with him on several occasions at your home. He was truly the sweetest guy and will missed by all that also had the pleasure of knowing him. May you forever cherish the time you shared forever and always.

Much love,
The Love Family
Aaron, Dawn, Jared, Tyler, & Kaylee

Posted by Dawn Love    November 27, 2012


My heart goes out for you Mike and your siblings. Knowing you when I was younger and talking briefly to your dad, he sure seemed to be a very nice person. Mike and siblings, I am very sorry for your lose.

Posted by Bruce Karpola - Mokena, IL - friend   November 26, 2012