James A. “Jim” Noren, 90, of Taylorville, passed away at 11:55 a.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2020 at Heritage Manor in Pana.
Jim was born in Taylorville, the son of Frank and Mary (Bailey) Noren. He married Mary Ann Reish on September 16, 1949 in Springfield, Ill. She preceded him in death on May 7, 2018
Jim graduated from Taylorville High School with the class of 1949. He worked his entire career for the United States Postal Service, retiring in 1992. Jim went on to serve as Alderman of Ward 2 for eight years, and was then elected Mayor of Taylorville, where he served from 1989-1993. He was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and a past-member of several local organizations. In his free time, Jim enjoyed traveling and fishing.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; sons, Dane “Poncho” Miller and Kevin F. Noren; sisters, Johanna Daughtery and Barbara Pelati; and brothers, Ted, Bill, and Lindy Noren.
Jim is survived by his son, Richard J. (wife, Marcia) Noren of Somerset, Ky.; daughter, Diane (husband, Leland) Miller-McCravy of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter-in-law, Nancy Noren of Taylorville; grandchildren, Matthew Noren of Dickinson, Texas, Timeri (husband, Joseph) Noren-Lestina of Eagle River, Alaska, and Roni (husband, James) Day of Taylorville; great-grandchildren: Gabe, Luke, Alisa, and Brooke; great-great-grandchildren: Lindsay, Beckett, Kayden, and Bowen; siblings, Ronald (wife, Connie) Noren of Orange, Calif., and Marilyn Voggetzer of Taylorville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 10:30 a.m. until the time of ceremony at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz officiating.
Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Jim, or offer condolences to his family.