Jim, a native of Dunkirk, N.Y., married the former Maryellen Heyman, of Norwalk, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Norwalk on Sept. 4, 1976.
They are the parents of Emily (Marc) Rozek, Toledo; Michael Hamernik, Bellevue; Adam (Jackie) Hamernik, Norwalk; Marissa (Troy) VanFleet, Bellevue; and Scott (Jessica) Hamernik, Norwalk. They have also been blessed with eight grandchildren, Ethan and twins Tyler and Claire Rozek, Drew and Bryce Hamernik, Lydia VanFleet, and Sebastian and Oliver Hamernik.
Maryellen is a retired secretary, and Jim will retire in July after over 37 years with Norfolk Southern Railroad.
The couple celebrated with a family dinner with their children and grandchildren and will be traveling to Kentucky to see Loretta Lynn in concert.