Bamberger, James A.
March 1, 2011. The family of James A. Bamberger publishes this remembrance to celebrate his life and to honor his passing on March 1, 2011. Born on July 20, 1926, Jim was the second son of George and Adelaide (nee Levy) Bamberger. Jim married his childhood sweetheart and for 56 years was the loving husband and life companion to Dorothy (nee Shimon) Bamberger. Passing from this life in August 2008, Dorothy spent the last couple years waiting for Jim to join her, which he has now done. Jim was the father of six children, five of whom survive him and through whom he lives on: Judy (Bram van Oosterhout) Bamberger of Canberra, Australia , Jill (Bob) Dizack of Glendale WI, Jim (Nancy Eastham) Bamberger of Olympia WA, Jeff (Janine) Bamberger of Brookfield WI, and Julie (Mike) Roubik of Shorewood WI. Jim loved and was loved by his eight grandchildren: Jennifer (Aaron) Putnam, Aaron (Anna) Dizack, Nowell Bamberger, Kristin Bamberger, Philip Dizack, Matthew (Tracy Galewski) Bamberger, Daniel Bamberger, Ellen Bamberger and great-granddaughter, Nadia Putnam. Jim cherished every moment with his family, whenever and wherever he could.
Jim had a kaleidoscope-like personality; with an uncanny ability to bring color, light and joy to everyone he met. Jim was able to meet each person where they were, from any walk of life. Funny, self-deprecating, needling and, at all times, humble and grateful for what he experienced in life – that was Jim. He loved people; he loved life with people. And when someone asked for help, Jim was there to provide it, no questions asked.
Family was a major focus of Jim’s life. He attended, participated in and supported many sporting, social and musical events in which his children and grandchildren were involved. He was always there to listen, guide, provide guidance by word and example, encourage and give a pat on the back. His sense of humor and boyish-like behaviors brought joy and laughter to all. These characteristics live on through his children and grandchildren. To all who loved him and all whose lives he touched, Jim was a friend, mentor, cheerleader, pal and so much more. He found happiness in the lives, passions and activities of others, lived his life ethically, was humble to a fault and demonstrated the greatest respect for others.
Jim spent his entire professional career working for the Ladish Co. of Cudahy, WI. After 47 years he retired to travel by car, train and cruise ship with Dorothy, spend time with kids and grandkids, make new friends here and abroad and pursue various passions and volunteer activities.
Along with Dorothy, Jim was an active supporter of and volunteer with the Milwaukee Florentine Opera where he and Dorothy established the James and Dorothy Bamberger Education Fund to support the Florentine’s outreach efforts to local schools. Grateful for his life and example, we close with Jim’s own words: “I’ve lived a great life, have a wonderful family, and have no regrets.” In lieu of flowers, we welcome contributions to the Jim and Dorothy Bamberger Education The Jim and Dorothy Bamberger Education Fund, c/o Florentine Opera, 700 N Water Street, Suite 950, Milwaukee WI, 53202 or the charity of your choice.
Funeral Services 11:00 AM Friday, March 4, 2011 at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Fox Point. Interment Greenwood Cemetery.
Family will receive condolence calls following the interment services at Congregation Shalom until 4:00 PM.
Suminski Family Funeral Homes
Suminski / Weiss