James  Maher

Obituary of James D. Maher

James D. Maher of Joliet and formerly of Orland Park and Chicago, IL, age 67, passed peacefully at his home, surrounded by family, on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

Jim was born January 18, 1954 in Chicago, IL to Annette (Stasiak) and Robert Maher. He was raised in Seven Holy Founders Parish and graduated from Marist High School with the class of 1972. He attended Loyola University and later Elmhurst College where he received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Jim married Sharon Zagotta on January 25, 1976 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Orland Park.

Along with his beloved wife of 45 years, he is survived by his children, Kristin Maher, Lorien & Eric Carley, James Maher, Meaghan Maher, and Joseph Maher, his granddaughters, Elinor Carley and Chloe Clark, his siblings, Joseph and Gail Maher, Katherine and Mark Juppe, Paula Maher, Roberta and Ron Goldie, and William Maher, as well as his nieces and nephews, Samantha Sheahan (his goddaughter), Rachel Maher, Jennifer Hering, Jason Dominiak, Bryan Dominiak, Kathleen Prokop, Christopher Jordan, Nicole Jones, Ronald Goldie, Caitlin Goldie, Michael Goldie(his godson), Sarah Zagotta, Ann Zagotta, and Renee Demierre. He is preceded in heaven by his mother, Annette Maher, father, Robert Maher, and nephew, Robert Eugene Jordan.

Jim was a network solutions architect, technology systems consultant, and small business owner whose hobbies included woodworking and carpentry - particularly cabinetry, literature and book collecting, musical theory and guitar playing, gardening and landscape design, and gourmet cooking for his family.

According to Jim’s wishes, his remains will be donated to the Anatomical Gift Association to further medical research. The family will celebrate his life with a private memorial mass.

For more information please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com

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