Fr. James A. Ganahl
The Press-Enterprise,via Legacy.com
February 17, 2010
CORONA FR. JAMES A. GANAHL Age 88, of Corona, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2010. Fr. Jim was born in Corona, CA, the fifth of six children of Alphonse and Myra Ganahl. Fr. Jim graduated from Corona high in 1939. He earned his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Santa Clara in 1943. He entered the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1944. During his service in Pearl Harbor, HI, he assisted in landing a fleet record 545 planes in one day. He separated from the service in 1946 as a Lieutenant. From 1947 to 1949 he lived and worked in Los Angeles, staying at the boarding house run by "Ma Byrne." It was there that he established some of his closest, lifelong friendships. Fr. Jim was ordained a priest on May 19, 1956 at the Cathedral for the dioceses of San Diego. He served in a number of parishes in San Diego and San Bernardino counties. After retirement in 1987 he continued to serve as hospital chaplain in the High Desert. Fr. Jim returned to Corona in 2004 in order to enjoy his final years visiting with family and friends. Occasionally he worked in a round of golf. Fr. Jim was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Paul, Joe and Francis (Sonny) and sister, Mary Ryan. He is survived by his sister-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. His welcoming smile and loving kindness will be greatly missed by his family, friends and former parishioners.
Visitation will be at Thomas Miller Mortuary, 1118 E. 6th St., Corona, CA 92879 on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm with a Vigil taking place at 6:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 10:00am in St. Mathew Catholic Church, 21040 W. Ontario Ave., Corona, CA, 92882. Interment will follow in Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518 at 12:45pm, Staging Are #4 Donations can be made in Fr. James Ganahl name to Alzheimer\'s Association, Inland Empire Regional Office, 9213 Archibald Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730, 1-800-660-1993 Funeral arrangements being handled by: FD66 - (951) 737-3244