The Obit For Jim Morio

James W. Morio
(1941 - 2012)

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on March 16, 2012

James W. Morio, 70, of Mascoutah, Ill., born on June 9, 1941, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Morio received his bachelor's degree at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. He played AA ball for the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Organization, before enlisting in the United States Navy. He was a retired high school teacher at Mascoutah High School, and taught Spanish, World Cultures and History. He was an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Mascoutah, and a supporter of the Looking Glass Playhouse in Lebanon, Ill., where he performed in many musical productions. Jim was best known for his beautiful singing voice. He was always willing to sing for weddings, funerals, church, and charities. His wife, kids, grandkids, and church family were the loves of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Augusta, nee Heintze, Morio; a brother, Walter H. Morio; and a grandson, Stefan Shartouny.

Surviving are his wife, Suzanne, nee Grodeon, Morio, of Mascoutah, whom he married on Oct. 2, 1965, in Mascoutah, Ill.; children, Jill Morio Adkins of Mascoutah, and Andrew Morio of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Payton and Callie Adkins of Mascoutah, and Victoria Morio Shartouny, Jessica Shartouny and Melyssa Munn of Potomac Falls, Va.; sister-in-law, Kathleen Morio of Mascoutah; mother-in-law, Esther Grodeon of Mascoutah; brothers-in-law, Gerald (Christine) Grodeon and Don (Jane) Grodeon of Mascoutah and sister-in-law, Jana (Dallas) Eytchison of Columbia, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church in Mascoutah, or Foundation for Mascoutah Schools, Inc. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Moll Funeral Home, in Mascoutah, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Mascoutah, Ill.

Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Mascoutah, Ill., with Pastor Jason Woolever officiating. Burial will be in Mascoutah City Cemetery, Mascoutah, Ill.