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James “Jim” Poremba

Published July 31,2021

Obituary's Biography:

James “Jim” Poremba passed away on July 31, 2021 at his home in Grayslake.  He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Pat) nee Oksinski for 58 wonderful years. Loving father of Susan (Paul) Skowronski, David (Keith Jerdee) Poremba, and Michael (Tanya) Poremba.  Caring grandfather of Amanda (Miguel) Escobar, Michael (Lela) Skowronski, Katie (Brandon) Franz, Allyson, Emily, Nicholas, Blake, Jonathan, Steven and step grandfather to Kendra and Eric.  Son of the late John Poremba and Selma Poremba nee Bogaczyk.  Cherished brother of the late Dennis Poremba.  Also, survived by daughter-in-law Kathy (Rich) Yamada.  Longtime resident of Chicago and Grayslake.  Enjoyed the Wisconsin Northwoods Minocqua area where he had a cabin for over 20 years.  Served 26 years at Zenith Electronics as a RF electrical design engineer and was proud of many achievements mainly helping on the development of the last Transoceanic radio known as the R7000.  Also, served 9 years as an electrical engineer at Shure Brothers Inc. working on the first UHF wireless microphone system.  Proud alumni of Illinois Institute of Technology and St. Patrick High School.  

A visitation will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030  on Monday, August 2, 2021 from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.  A funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 22333 W. Erhart Road, Mundelein, IL 60060 on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 10:00am.  Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  For more information, please call 847-223-8122 or visit www.StrangFuneral.org.    

16 replies on “James “Jim” Poremba”

  1. So sorry for your loss.
    I have many fine memories of working with Jim in the audio division in Evanston. Also remember seeing and talking with him many times at the Zenith headquarters in Glenview and at several Zenith reunions. He was a great person and a top notch engineer. I was glad to have known him.

  2. Pat and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss with Jim’s passing.
    He was always a jovial cousin with his mom and Aunt Frances. Lots of family memories from all our first communions, confirmations graduations and weddings in Chicago and Wisconsin. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Marilyn (cousin)
    And know he had a good long l

  3. Dear Pat and family, I am so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. I will miss him and his pick-me-up
    stories he used to send me. Please accept my sincere condolences. He will always be in
    my prayers until we meet again. Cousin, Bev Swan

  4. We send our sympathy to your family. We’ll keep you in our prayers, may he rest in peace.

  5. Dear Pat and family ,I am so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. I will miss him and his pick-me-up stories he used to send me. Please accept my sincere condolences. He will always be in my prayers until we meet again. Cousin Bev

  6. We send our sympathy to your family. we’ll keep you in our prayers, may he rest in peace.

  7. We are so very sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. We will sorely miss his smile and willingness to keep in contact with his cousins over these many years.

    1. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Poremba.
      God and the angels welcomed him with open arms.
      Sending prayers and healing to all of you.

  8. I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences.

  9. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  10. Mike and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. It sounds like he was a wonderful person and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Take care.

  11. Pat, Dave, Sue, Mike:

    Your family and ours were the formations of memorable family get-togethers should be. So many times, we got together as families. Board games, slot cars, trains, drawing, treats made by the moms, and New Year’s Eve. I remember bringing a pot used for ringing in the new year to Pat, and her look of you dented in my cooking pot with all of that NYE banging. I think my mom brought another for her.

    Sledding, snowballs, tobogganing at the shutes in the Forest Preserve, Cock Robin Ice Cream, yes!

    Mike and Tanya were dancing on the wedding table to AC/DC Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap; Pat and Jim being with my mom during her battle with cancer and at her memorial brought comfort from those she loved dearly. Serious Scrabble games at Saddlebrook filled with lots of snacks for Jim, Pat, my Dad, and Carol.

    I’ve known all of you for fifty years, and though life had us going in different directions, I hope each of you finds comfort in some of the memories.

    With sympathy and celebration of Jim’s and all of your life.

    Jay, Shirley, Zach, Alex, Linds Heinen (soon to be, our grandson baby Houston)

  12. So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing.
    I worked with Jim at Zenith and consider him one of my mentors in engineering. His knowledge and patience was very helpful. My deepest sympathy to the entire Poremba family.
    Robert Stender

  13. I am very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man, and was very helpful to me during the years we worked together at Shure. He contributed greatly to the development of wireless microphones and audio technology, and of course also worked at Zenith for many years before that. I miss him very much. I will never forget him. I send love and prayers to all of his family and his many friends.

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