James Maki

James Alan Maki

Tuesday, August 29th, 1950 - Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
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James Alan “Jim” Maki passed away peacefully at home on April 10, 2019, after a battle with mesothelioma. He was surrounded by his loved ones. Jim was 68.
Jim was born Aug. 29, 1950 to Reino O. Maki and Agnes M. (Denner) Maki, in Fort Eustis, VA. Jim traveled the world with his parents, from one military base to the next, until he came back to Virginia, in high school. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1968, and briefly worked in the naval shipyards in Newport News, VA before joining the Air Force and being sent to Vietnam, in 1970.
It was during the Vietnam War, that Jim began a correspondence with Rhonda Lane, a correspondence that lasted for three years and ended in their marriage on July 14, 1973, in Sacramento, CA, Rhonda’s hometown. They were married for forty loving years, until Rhonda’s death on Aug. 1, 2013.
Jim was a career banker, starting as a teller and retired as a senior mortgage lender, and worked for several well-known banks. He was also an avid ballroom dancer, and served on the board for Dance Club Shenandoah until his passing. He began a Ballroom Dance Club in his community, in his spare time, and delighted in teaching others how to dance.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Reino O. and Agnes M. Maki, and wife Rhonda P. Maki. He is survived by his loving daughter, Heather N. Maki, and son-in-law, Jason M. Krall. He is also survived by a son, Kevin J. Maki, and his family.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:00 am, at Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request donations to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St. #405, Winchester, VA 22601.
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  • Service

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    Green Hill Cemetery - Berryville
    North Buckmarsh Street
    BERRYVILLE, VA 22611
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Lyman Eddy
  • Interment

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, April 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    Green Hill Cemetery - Berryville
    North Buckmarsh Street
    BERRYVILLE, VA 22611
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Tom and Melanie

Posted at 09:50am
Jim introduced us to ballroom dancing. He made us feel comfortable and we learned how to enjoy dancing. May he rest in peace and dance with the angels.
Tom and Melanie Caperones

B. Gerlach

Posted at 11:32am
Uncle Jimmy was also survived by his oldest sister, June Gerlach and his numerous maternal nieces and nephews: Dale Thompson, Dawn Rossi, Bernardine Gerlach, Charles Mitchell, William Mitchell, Michael Mitchell, Donna Mitchell, numerous great nieces and nephews. His oldest brother Walter Fields and older sister, Joan Mitchell predeceased him. Rest In Peace Uncle Jimmy.

Kitty Campbell

Posted at 07:54pm
Jim was a wonderful man who always had a smile and positive encouragement for everyone. He is deeply missed. He was always willing to help any way he could. In deepest sympathy.
kitty Campbell, Hermitage PA.

I am so glad he got to dance like he wanted once he retired.

Bonnie Lane

Posted at 04:59pm
I will never forget the times when Jerry and I and Jim would go to The Village at Orchard Ridge once a week on Tuesday evenings where I was teaching basic ballroom dancing to the senior citizens there, and Jerry was assisting me. Then we harnessed Jim into doing this with us, and he LOVED it! I never watched the clock. We had the room starting at 7 p.m., but about 1 1/2 hours, if that, was all that the residents could dance at one time. Jim was always so UP FOR IT!!! His bright, beaming face would greet us in the lobby, then we would all proceed to the large designated room together with a staff member. The ladies all LOVED dancing with Jim ... and as most of them were widows, I think that they saw him in very romantic terms with his tall good looks ... like a dancing Prince Charming of sorts.

When the last resident had left the room, I would ALWAYS ask Jim if he was up for going out for coffee afterwards. He ALWAYS WAS, his bright face beaming! Oh MY! ... the three of us would sit at Applebee's, which was just down the road ... and we would talk for hours ... ALWAYS about dance, how the residents did that evening, what was going on at our own dance studio, and our dance progress. Then we would also discuss the latest news and the state of the nation. This became a ritual for the duration of the time of this employment. It was a golden time that we three shared together. I miss Jim terribly already, and Jerry and I have the deepest sympathy for daughter Heather and her husband since we, in our sorrow, have only a small inkling of what they must be going through. However, our memories are golden of Jim, and we will hold them in our hearts forever.

ann marie

Posted at 04:25pm
To the Maki family:
I will always remember and cherish all our conversations as well as dances we shared at our studio. Jim will truly be missed by all who had the priviledge of knowing him. I know he is looking down upon us and dancing with his lovely wife! Rest in peace my friend!
AnnMarie Rohland, Middletown, Maryland

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