10/20/12 ~ 3/4/03
Jim was a warm, kind, humble man who was generous and loving with everyone he knew. He never had an unkind word for anyone and, in return, was loved and respected by family and friends. Wherever he went, someone would come up to him and recount an event or relationship they had shared. No one ever forgot Jim. He was the kind of person that everyone looked up to and respected. Jim was a true gentleman and will be missed by all.
Jim passed away from cancer on March 4, 2003 at home with his loving wife, Katherine, at his side.
Jim was born on Oct 12, 1912, to Italian immigrant parents Angelo and Bellesanta Catignola Biondo. He was the youngest of 15 children.
Jim attended schools in Chicago, graduating from North Western University in 1937. After graduation from college, he began his career in management in Chicago, working for four different companies before going to New York to work for the Sperry Corporation in 1959. In 1961 Jim was transferred to Salt Lake City to work as Production Control Manager for Sperry Univac. Jim forged close bonds with many of his coworkers at Sperry. He considered them his "extended family." Following his retirement in 1977, he founded the Retiree's Organization for all retired employees at Sperry. To this day, nearly 100 people still participate in the organization which Jim began 25 years ago.
Jim was an active member of the Catholic Church and served at St.
Ambrose in many capacities, tirelessly giving of his time with generous dedication and energy.
Married Lorraine Tauchen in 1938. After Lorraine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis one year later, Jim devoted the next 52 years to her loving care until her death in February, 1992.
Married Katherine Chidester on Sept 12, 1993. Jim and Katherine shared a deep and abiding love and truly enjoyed each day they were together. They traveled the world after their marriage, enjoying every moment of this time they shared.
Jim was an avid sportsman. His greatest love was golf. He achieved his first hole-in-one at the age of 86! One of his favorite activities was golfing as often as possible with his friends. They were still meeting for breakfast once a month whenever possible. Jim was also an excellent bowler, with many trophies to attest to his ability.
Jim is survived by his wife, Katherine, of Salt Lake City; his brother, Angelo of Chicago; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his stepdaughters and their spouses, Diane and Russell Barberio of North Carolina, Joan and Rodwell Watson, Karen and Mark Holbrook and Sandra and Ron Bowcut, all of Salt Lake City; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Jim was thrilled for this opportunity to have another large family to love and took great pleasure in all his family get-togethers.
A viewing will be Fri. March 7, 2003, 6-8 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Dr., with Vigil Service beginning immediately after at the same location.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated Sat. March 8, 2003, 10:30 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 2315 E. Redondo Ave. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.