James "Jimmy" Mahar died Feb. 15, 2009, at age 68.
He was one of the original residents, 35 years ago, at Hartfel House, the first group home in Waukesha County, on the grounds of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Menomonee Falls, which serves men who are developmentally disabled. He lived there from 1973 to 2003, when he moved to St. Coletta's in Jefferson.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Parish, a participant in Special Olympics, a member of the Color Guard of the Lightning Aires Drum Corps, a member of the Association for the Rights of Citizens with handicaps and an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4240. He helped the Knights with their Tootsie Roll program. He was employed by the Waukesha Training Center in Waukesha from 1977 to 2003.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Durwin and Dorothy Mahar of Germantown.
A memorial Mass will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Good Shepherd church, W17658 Christman Road, Menomonee Falls.
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