James Arwin Monaghan

MONAGHAN, James Arwin “Jim” Nov 24, 1935 – Feb 14, 2013 James A. “Jim” Monaghan, age 77, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 14, 2013. Jim “himself” lived life to the fullest. He tackled everything he did with gusto. Jim was preceded in death by parents, Arwin Paul and Jeanne Patricia (Whitmore) Monaghan; in-laws, Nick and Irene Carter; infant daughter, Pamela Jo. Survived by wife of 57 years, Marian; children: Scott Monaghan, Mike (and Cate) Monaghan, Julie (and Joe) Meyer, Michelle (and Steve) Asper, Jeff (Kathleen) Monaghan, Kim (and Dave) Czaplewski, Vicki (and Ernie) Schwarz; brothers, Terry Monaghan and Denny (and Carol) Monaghan; sisters-in-law, Shirley Andrews, Bev (and Jack) Campbell; thirty-six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, including beloved nephew, Mark Chavez. Jim loved the Lord and his Catholic faith, and served in numerous church ministries at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church. He was a 2-term President of the Parish Council, chaired several Strategic Plans and Co-Chaired the Capital Campaign. He headed the Lector program, served as a Eucharistic Minister, with his wife, Marian, was Honorary Chair of the annual church fundraiser, served on the church Stewardship Committee, the Vocation Committee, was a Fourth Degree Knight, was past president of the West Omaha Serra Club, and chaired the Omaha Archbishop’s Lay Committee for Vocations. Jim was a Trustee of the Sons of Italy, served as Honorary President of the Santa Lucia, and was charter president of the Williamsburg Homeowners Association. Jim was honored to have received a key to the city from then Mayor Al Veys, was an Omaha Community Playhouse Producer, and supporter of the Omaha Arts Foundation. Jim was also a Life Member of the NRA (National Rifle Association). Jim served a four-year elected term on the Omaha School Board and was the first Omaha School Board member to have been selected to serve on the National School Board Finance Committee. Jim also served as a member of the Public School Retirement System and was a candidate for Mayor of Omaha. Jim was blessed to have played the very first baseball game at Rosenblatt Stadium in 1948 and was an avid supporter of baseball in Omaha ever since (with season tickets to the CWS for many years) and attended countless other events at Rosenblatt Stadium. Jim was an avid runner and loved boxing . . . as a boxer, trainer, and for many years an amateur boxing official. Jim was a private pilot and long-time motorcycle rider. But of everything Jim accomplished in his life, he was most proud of his faith, followed by his good fortune (blessing) to have married his lovely wife, Marian, and having successfully raised spirit-filled children. One daughter, Pamela Jo Monaghan, passed away on her third birthday. Above all, Jim was a man of faith and integrity. Whether you agreed with him or not, he was a MAN OF HIS WORD. VISITATION Monday, February 18, 5pm to 7pm at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118 St., with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the church. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Tuesday, February 19 at 10am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.

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