On Feb. 18, 2013, James Charles Schibetta, 55, ended his long courageous battle with cancer.
Jim was born Sept. 27, 1957, in Dunkirk, N.Y. He was a graduate of Fredonia High School, Class of 1975. A veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1978 to 1983, he served with pride and honor aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as a reactor operator/instrument technician, with the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer.
He spent 10 years of his life in Shelton, Wash., and Walla Walla, where he served as minister of Liberty and Revival Baptist Churches, touching and changing many lives. He served the people around him as a minister of the Lord, dedicating countless hours of public service at the local prisons and outreach programs.
After relocating to the Mentor area, he was an active member of Country Baptist Church in Mentor, where he was an associate minister. He was employed at Perry Nuclear Power Plant in Perry as a systems and instrument technician.
A loving husband, he is survived by wife, Pamela (Gilliam) Schibetta of Mentor-on-the-Lake; son, Joe of Mentor; daughter, Debbi of Walla Walla; their mother, Lynn of Mentor; step-children, Shaun (Christina) Muha; step-grandchildren, Zachary Hlin and Addison Muha of Mentor; father, Charles; mother, Sylvia Schibetta of Fredonia, N.Y.; brothers, Bill (Debra) of Dayton, Texas, Chuck (Robin) of Tecumseh, Mich., Mike (Theresa) of Phoenix, Ariz., Tom of Fredonia, N.Y., John (Alicia) of Fredonia, N.Y., and Rick (Brenda) of Richmond, Virg.; sister, Gina (Schibetta) Kaczmarek (John) of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; cousins, Michael Ray (Betty) of Hamburg, N.Y., and Jon Ray (Tara) of Phoenix, Ariz., who were raised with the family; brother-in-law, John (Cheryl) of Eastlake; sister-in-law, Stephanie (Terry) of Mentor; and many more aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousin and friends.
Services were directed by McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home, 6330 Center St. (Route 615, North of Route 2), Mentor, where there was a viewing Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, and his funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Country Baptist Church of Mentor. He was laid to rest at the Mentor Cemetery in Mentor.