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“My prayers go with you my brother--- North Catholic Class of '57 Bob Berenda ”
1 of 26 | Posted by: bob berenda - Pittsburgh, PA

“It's with fond memories that we say "goodbye" to Captain Zaremba. Jim has been friends with the Schumacker family for many years' and will be missed...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Schumacker Family - Rocky River, OH

“Dear Joette, Sandy and I were truly saddened to hear about Jim's passing. He was a wonderful colleague, a true gentleman, and very caring leader...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: sandy and david nussbaum - NY

“Joette, Jeanne, Jessica & Jocelyn, We are all very saddened by Jim's passing. Our love and prayers go out to you. Jim was a wonderful friend...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Tom & Rene Kemp - New Canaan, CT

“Joette, Sandra and I are deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing. It has been a while since last we spoke, but the Z-Man's memory is burned in...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Bob & Sandra Sherriff - MA

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. I shared many navy reserve days as a contemporary with Captain Jim. He truly was "an officer and a...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Dennis Reese - Medina, OH

“Joette and family, It saddens me to hear of Jim's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many happy childhood memories of the times our...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Ben Phillips - Paradise Valley, AZ

“Joette,Jeanne and family; I only learned of Jims passing and want to express my personal sorrow for your loss. Bob Phillips ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Bob Phillips - Fairview Park, OH

“Dear Joette and Family, We were deeply saddened to hear about Jim. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. We Love You! ”
9 of 26 | Posted by: John & Bev Karazsia - Greensburg, IN

“Dear Joette, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. You have my deepest sympathy. You both will be in all our prayers and fondest memories. God bless...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Alexis Moll - monroeville, OH

“Dear Joette and Family, I was so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 26 | Posted by: Erika Bailey - Westlake, OH

“Joette I was so saddened to hear of Jim' passing. I know how devoted you were to him up to the end. Am so glad we got to see you both at Rita's...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Joyce &Dick Traci - Cleveland, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts. ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Jeanne Wagoner - Chagrin Falls, OH

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of Z's family. I knew Z to be a kind, loyal yet tough minded business man. I've been fortunate to have known him...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Jim Coshnitzke - Cincinnati, OH

“Please accept my sincere condolences. As a young writer for Penton, I worked for Jim when he was a publisher and VP. He was a wonderful boss, mentor,...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Rouse Talley - South Euclid, OH

“Dear Joette & Family We are stunned and saddened by Jims passing everytime we ran into you both which fortunately was often the day brightened ! GOD...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Bill & Sue McStay - Solon, OH

“Joette & Family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. It was a pleasure to be your neighbor for a short time and get to know you and Jim. Keeping...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Susan Malburg - Cleveland, OH

“The Ottawa County Veterans Service Office Staff extend our condolences to Joette in the recent loss of her husband, James. Know that you are in our...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission - OH

“Please accept our deepest sympathy for your sad loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
19 of 26 | Posted by: Karen & Alan Goldenbogen - OH

“Dear Joette & Family We are deeply saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He was a true friend and a wonderful man. You will be in our thoughts...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Mike & Sue Mandrella - Westlake, OH

“Joette, Jessica, Jocelyn & family- Jim was truly an icon! A leader, a philosopher and a teacher to us all! We loved him & will miss him very much....Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Marcella Love - Westlake, OH

“Joette and family, Jim was a great boss and leader. I enjoyed working for him and he taught me a lot not only about business but also about life. I...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Bob & Lyn Eck - The Villages, FL

“Dear Joette, Jessica, Jocelyn and Jeanne, I was so saddened to hear the news of Jim's passing. Your family is in my prayers. Jim will always have...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Lorri Besst ( Formerly known as Dorfmeyer) - OH

“Joette and Family, So sorry for your loss. We will miss him, too. Jim was a really great friend. You are in our prayers and we love you. Jim and...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Jeanne Schwerkoske - OH

“We will forever miss you, "Captain Z". We thank you for all the wonderful memories, good times, and most importantly, your gift of friendship. Your...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Sapps - Princeton, IL

“Jim was a great publisher and a stand-out human being. He will be missed by all of his former colleagues at Penton. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Leland Teschler - independence, OH


Captain James William Zaremba, 71, of Catawba Island peacefully passed away on March 30, from complications associated with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). He is survived by beloved wife, Joette, of 24 years and daughters Jeanne (Brian) Marten, Jessica Karazsia, and Jocelyn Karazsia. Jeanne and Brian blessed Jim and Joette with four beautiful grandchildren, Owen, Marianne, Abigail, and Mitchell. He also leaves behind his brothers Steve (Carol) and Tom (Donna) Zaremba. Jim was preceded in death by his son, Robert Zaremba. He was the son of Stephen and Emma Zaremba and born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 26, 1940. Jim grew up in Ingomar, PA and attended North Catholic High School. As a child he developed a love of boats and the water. After Jim graduated from Saint Vincent College, he completed Officers Candidate School in Newport Beach, RI and joined the U.S. Navy. During his 29 years of active and reserve service, he rose to the rank of Captain and served with distinction as Commanding Officer on mind-sweeper and missile frigate missions for the Atlantic Fleet. Jim earned his masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh and had a successful sales and publishing career in Cleveland, OH. After 34 years at Penton Media, he retired as an Executive Vice President. The discipline and loyalty Captain Z learned in the Navy never left him, as his friends and family would attest. Jim's will to survive leukemia was legendary. Jim will be fondly remembered for his ability to captivate his audience while sharing a good story. He took pride in business, boats, good rounds of golf, and catching a big walleye. Jim also truly relished his friendships and family. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at St. Joseph Parish Catholic Church on April 20 at 11 a.m., 113 James Street, Marblehead, OH 43440. A reception brunch at the Catawba Island Club will follow. Gifts in Jim's memory can be made to the CLL Global Research Foundation to the attention of Dr. Michael Keating, Unit 428, P.O. Box 301402, Houston, TX, 77230-1402 (www.cllglobal.com).

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