James G. Jonson

Age: 88
Born: July 11, 1929
Died: April 12, 2018

Obituary

James G. Jonson, DDS, age 88, passed away peacefully at home on April 12, 2018. James ("Jim") was born in Hamilton, Ohio on July 11,1929.  He was the first child of George and Catherine Jonson.  Brother Pete was born three years later in 1932. The family moved to Bond Hill in 1938, where George and Catherine opened Jonson's Cafe on Reading Road. Brother Alex was born in 1939. Jim attended Withrow High School, graduating in 1947.  He then attended the University of Cincinnati where he majored in pre-dentistry. Nearing graduation, Jim enlisted in the US Air Force in 1951. He received his basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois, and was stationed at the Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida. Jim married Thelma Ponticos of Cincinnati on February 28, 1954.  The couple lived in Panama City until Jim was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1955 at the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Upon separation from the service, Jim enrolled at The Ohio State University to complete his undergraduate studies and attend dental school.  Jim and Thelma had their first son George on July 4, 1957.  Jim graduated from dental school in 1961, and the family returned to Cincinnati where Jim opened his dental practice in Greenhills.  Jim and Thelma expanded their family with the birth of daughter Cathy on May 5,1965, and the birth of son Steve two years later on January 17, 1967. The family moved to Wyoming, Ohio in 1968, where Jim and Thelma lived for the next 50 years.

Jim took a keen interest in the lives of his dental patients; he celebrated their accomplishments and mourned their losses. Patients who came to Jim as children stayed with him into adulthood, and made him the dentist for their own families. Jim was beloved by his office staff.  Outside of work, Jim enjoyed horseback riding and owned several horses that he stabled at Wright Farm in Greenhills. Jim was a sports car enthusiast, played the piano, and was a dedicated gardener.  But, his first love was his wife and family.  During the 40 years he practiced dentistry in Greenhills, Jim drove home every day to have lunch with his wife Thelma. 

Jim was a faithful member and dedicated supporter of Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Cincinnati. He is survived by his wife Thelma, his daughter Catherine Beale, his sons George (Kelly) and Steve (Julie), his granddaughters Victoria and Alison Beale, his brother Alex (Ann) Jonson, his sister-in-law Betty Jonson, and many beloved nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his brother Pete Jonson, and his parents George and Catherine Jonson.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 9:30-11:00 AM; funeral service will immediately follow. Both will be held at Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45224. Interment will be at Spring Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Greek Orthodox Church or to Ohio Alley Cat Resource, 5619 Orlando Place, Cincinnati, OH 45227.  

Visitation

Location: Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Additional Info: Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45224

Memorial Service

Location: Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Additional Info: Holy Trinity St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45224

Interment

Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m.

James G. Jonson

Age: 88
Born: July 11, 1929
Died: April 12, 2018
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James G. Jonson

James G. Jonson

Age: 88
Born: July 11, 1929
Died: April 12, 2018