AMerican Veteran 11

James Martin Owirka

March 6, 1954 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

James Owirka Obituary

James M. Owirka, 69, passed away peacefully at home on January 7, 2024 after many years with Alzheimer’s disease.


Jim was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and was the son of Alphonse Owirka and Myrtle Pretorius. Jim was happily married to Debra Bertolino for 34 years and raised his family in Boca Raton, Florida while working as a Customer Service Manager for the United States Postal Service. He was very active at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, volunteered as an Usher, and a Member of the Knights of Columbus Third and Fourth Degree Color Corps.


Jim served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was such a kind person and always ready to lend a helping hand with a smile. Jim was a fantastic cook and was famous for his Thanksgiving dinners. Jim was a proud father where he was always involved in his children’s sports and enjoyed spending time with them every summer in North Carolina.


Jim is survived by his children Jonathan (daughter-in-law Michelle) and Joan Marie, his grandchildren Angelica and Jamie, as well as his siblings Helen and Charlie. Jim was preceded in death by his son Jamie and siblings Johnny, Danny, Sandy, and Debbie.

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