James J. Rathof

James J. Rathof

“I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong.” Even he enjoyed catching a glimpse of himself in a passing mirror: Jim was a good-looking guy. His mother called him Mr. V.I.P. As a kid he learned a respect for money: his cash was washed and ironed and he lent with interest. And from the days of his youth he was a history buff and loved nature; he devoured every book he could get his hands on (especially if written by Louis L’Amour), knew everything about WWII and read National Geographic. He was always off on an adventure with his kids: hiking, bike riding and camping. But most of all he enjoyed taking them out to dinner to see what they would order (Calamari anyone?) He worked for Rastelli Food in Pureland.
He is survived by his wife, Angelica; his children, Jordan, Lilly DelGado, Isabella, James Jr., and Natalie; his father, Frederick (Fritz) Sr.; his brothers, Frederick Jr., Thomas (Rose), Eric (Heather); and sisters, Elizabeth LeDonne (Dennis), Mary Ellen Rathof, Theresa Bross, Lois Marie Jingeleski (Steven) and Laura “Cricket” Hahn (Bruce); and by his many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his mother, Elizabeth (nee Dromgoole) and a brother, Karl.

Come celebrate 52 great years (June 24, 1966 – June 18, 2019) Friday 10-11 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio where there will be an 11 a.m. service. Interment Lawnside Cemetery, Woodstown.


  1. Theresa says:

    As kids Jimmy,always chased us around the house. He was a very intelligent man. He came upon hard times and tried to make the best of things. He had a heart of gold

  2. Jo-Ann DeAngelo says:

    I remember meeting Jimmy when I was in HS…back in 1988 when friends called him Iggy. Prayers to the entire family and his many friends! I will miss running into him around town.

  3. Tammy Pansa says:

    You will be missed Jim! You will forever be in my heart. Every time I listen to Yanni I think of you!

  4. Caryl Lowery says:

    deepest sympathies in the loss of your family member, he will stay in your hearts and his spirit will watch over you all. remember all the good times and keep him in your hearts, he is at peace

  5. Lorrie Anne Doughery says:

    Jimmy was in awesome father, son and friend to a lot of people. Jimmy was my sisters husband‘s brother. Didn’t matter our relationship on paper. Jimmy always treated me as I was one of his own family. He was young when we first met. I remember him, his brother Eric and his sister Laura swimming in our pool when Rose and Tom where dating. Life just took off after that we were always involved somehow in one another’s lives. Wether it was through family barbecues, parties, celebrations, and weddings etc. He did come upon rough times he had a huge heart maybe that’s what kept him going as long as I did. I’ll pray for you Jimmy, May you rest in peace. Prayers to the entire Rathof family and extended family during this time of extreme heartache.

  6. Rich says:

    Jim loved his kids always talked about them at work.

  7. Anne Piemontese says:

    My deepest condolences to all the family sending ?.

  8. Linda A Levitsky says:

    My sincere sympathy to the Rathof family. may he rest in peace.

  9. Teresa Scardino says:

    To Angelica and the kids my family is deeply saddened by the passing of your husband and father. We miss you guys since you moved. If you need anything please reach out.

  10. Ted Huskins says:

    My sincere condolences to Angelica and the the kids. I know Jimmy loves you all. Even though our paths didn’t cross often as adults I remember our high school years with fondness. We had fun playing chess and poker and talking about life, (and girls)!
    I am so sad to lose a friend, and I know the family is heartbroken. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Shari Stepp says:

    I’ll never forget how proud Jimmy was of his beautiful family when he came back to Fletcher Academy for an ’85 class reunion. It was so good to see him again! He will be greatly missed by all of us! He adored and loved his children, and was so proud to be their dad.
    This is my prayer… Dear Lord, give us peace and comfort in knowing that You are coming soon to reunite us with our loved ones who are resting and waiting for you to call their names on the great resurrection morning.
    1 Thess. 4:13-18

  12. Felicia A. Bhullar says:

    May the entire family and friends of this kind hearted man find comfort in the words found at 2 Corinthians 1:3 &4 which say:
    “Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God.”

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