James F. Cavalieri

KINGSFORD – James F. Cavalieri, 76, of Kingsford, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.

He was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Joseph and Ida (Backlund) Cavalieri. Jim grew up in Iron Mountain and went on to serve in the United States Air Force. After being discharged from the service, Jim moved back to Kingsford and married Judie Watson on June 27, 1959 at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. They recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.

While living in Kingsford, Jim worked for General Controls for a short period of time before moving to Milwaukee, Wis. In 1963, he moved back to Kingsford and took a position at Grede Foundry as a fork-lift operator as well as many other positions within the company. Jim retired from Grede Foundry in 1999.

He was a member of the American Martyrs Catholic Church. Jim enjoyed many hobbies including coin collecting, hunting, fishing, going to the casino, watching the Detriot Tigers, Redwings, and Lions. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his grandchildren and his dog Abbie. Jim’s Sunday morning ritual was to have coffee with his family after church at the Polkinghorne’s.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Judie; one son, Michael (Kammi) Cavalieri of Castle Rock, Colo.; one daughter, Dawn Marie (James) Polkinghorne, Kingsford; his twin brother, Joseph (Elaine) Cavalieri of Trego, Wis.; two sisters, Geri (John Dowdle) Piper of Kingsford and Joan Jordan of Iron Mountain; six grandchildren, Nik, Cheyne, Jennifer, Jordan, Jaidyn, and Jayce; one great-grandchild, Almani; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by one sister, Delores Cavalieri.

Viisitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain. Prayers will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday at 11 a.m., at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford. Rev. Fr. Joseph Gouin will officiate.

A memorial will be established in Jim’s memory.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Jim’s legacy of life.