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James Giannini

James R. Giannini

Monday, May 11th, 1981 - Friday, July 31st, 2020
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Obituary

James R. Giannini, 39, of Kenosha, passed away unexpectedly in a motorcycle accident on Friday, July 31, 2020.

Born in Kenosha on May 11, 1981, he was the son of Dominic J. and Mary (Tenuta) Giannini. A lifelong resident of Kenosha, attended Holy Rosary, Washington Jr. High, and Bradford High School, graduating in 1999. He pursued further education at Gateway Technical College.

On October 8, 2017, he married Sonimarie Irizarry.

Surviving include his wife, Sonimarie; his three daughters, Amiyah, Aliyyana, and Francesca; his parents, Dominic and Mary; his siblings, Luigi (Jessica), Dominic M. (Jessica), and John (Samantha) Giannini; mother-in-law; sisters-in-law; aunts; uncles; cousins, nieces, nephews; and many friends.

As a youth, James was active in many sports, playing baseball, basketball, football, and golf. He enjoyed skateboarding and rollerblading as well. In high school, James developed a passion for billiards and eventually played on several winning teams. He was known to some as “Curly” on the Death Squad paintball team. Throughout the years he enjoyed shooting various guns and was an excellent small game hunter. He was also an avid catch and release fisherman. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson “lil smokey”.

For 6 years he was employed as a parts driver for Jantz. In 2009, he began his career with the Kenosha Unified School District, where his strong work ethic led him to become the Head Custodian at Pleasant Prairie Elementary School. He was loved and adored by students and staff alike and made a profound impact on their lives.

Later in life, he developed a passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he shared with his twin brother John. He achieved the rank of purple belt under Professor Dave Rosenmarkle and was an instructor for the kids’ program at Veneration BJJ. He prided himself on his technical teaching and absolutely loved working with all the kids. He taught and coached many kids to victory on the mats, especially his two oldest daughters.

James will forever be known as a jokester and could make anyone smile and laugh, often at the most inappropriate times. He was full of charisma and his quick wit was hard to match. Though he ran on “James’ time” he was the guy that regularly checked in on his friends and was there whenever you needed him. He was selfless and lived for making his family and friends happy. He cherished his wife and daughters. He made a lasting impression on everyone that was lucky enough to have known him and is going to be truly missed.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 5th, at Proko Funeral Home, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Prayers will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, August 6th, at 8:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. James Catholic Church, 5804 Sheridan Road, at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. George Cemetery. Due to the current health concerns and Wisconsin state statutes, masks are required, and social distancing is encouraged.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
Visit & Sign James’ Online Memorial Book at:
www.prokofuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    Address
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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    Notes
    Masks are required.
  • Service

    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 | 9:00am
    When
    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 9:00am
    Location
    St. James Catholic Church
    Address
    5804 Sheridan Road
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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    Notes
    Prayers will be held at the funeral home prior at 8:30 a.m. Masks are required.
    Officiant
    Father Sean Granger
  • Interment

    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, August 6th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    St. George Cemetery
    Address
    2909 Sheridan Road
    KENOSHA, WI 53140
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Frank Mazzei

Posted at 08:05pm
My prayers and condolences to family and friends, my family has known his family for a long time, my father Vittorio Mazzei knew his grampa and his Dad, He was an awesome guy, even tho we hadn't seen each other all the time like when we were younger, he always stopped to talk to me wherever I was, especially when I worked at Wal-Mart or out riding cycles. RIP
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Frank Mazzei

Posted at 08:04pm
My prayers and condolences to family and friends, my family has known his family for a long time, my father Vittorio Mazzei knew his grampa and his Dad, He was an awesome guy, even tho we hadn't seen each other all the time like when we were younger, he always stopped to talk to me wherever I was, especially when I worked at Wal-Mart or out riding cycles. RIP
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Nick Kretchmer

Posted at 04:54pm
In memory of James for his big heart in making sure my daughter with special needs had the accessibility she needed to be independent at school!
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Nick Kretchmer

Posted at 04:49pm
My daughter Alena is 10 and has special needs. James helped make the restrooms more accessible for my daughter and Alena specifically mentioned how he did that and how nice he was when she heard the unfortunate news. Deepest condolences from the Kretchmer’s. I didn’t know James, but know he had a big heart for what he did for my daughter and the way he did it...with generosity. Thank you!
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Luigia Tenuta

Posted at 01:07pm
May God be with the entire Giannini family and may God grant James eternal peace.
Cousin Mary and Dom, you are in my prayers in this time of profound sorrow.

God bless,
Cousin Geej

Luigia Tenuta
Columbus, Ohio


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