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John James (Jim) Brazil, 74, of Rochester

John James (Jim) Brazil, 74, of Rochester, passed away Saturday November 13, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. surrounded by his family at his residence.

Jim was born on June 25, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan to James and Helen (Chmelarsky)Brazil. His family moved to Geauga County, Ohio where he spent his childhood with his sisters Jackie & Judy. Jim met the love of his life, Janet Irene Jayne, they married October 9, 1971, and shared 50 years of life adventures together. Jim was active in the Jaycees in Burton, Ohio, he volunteered at the Log Cabin on Burton Square, collecting maple sap & making maple candy. Jim & Jan became parents to a son, Brian, in 1973 and a daughter, Wendy, in 1976. Jim’s family became his everything. He was by his children’s side and active in whatever activity they were in, whether it was making derby racecars for boy scouts to loading horses for horse shows. For 15 years Jim & Jan would take their children to the Ohio State Fair for 4-H square dancing competitions, and you could find them as well at the Great Geauga County Fair camping & supporting his children 4-H and GHPA.

Jim liked to end the day with a piece of pie from the Hambend Grange booth. He enjoyed hunting & fishing with his son, Brian. Jim was active in the Hubs Square dance club. He worked at the Geauga County Highway Department for 31 ½ years. Jim was Baptized in the early 80’s at Faith Baptist Church in Newbury, OH where he became a member and later a trustee for 40 years then became a member of United Methodist church. Although his children grew up got, married & moved out of state – he loved any time he could get with his grandchildren. Jim was truly the wind beneath his family’s wings.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents James and Helen Brazil, sisters, Jackie Sherman and Judy Bosley. He is survived by his wife, Janet Brazil of Rochester, Indiana, Son, Brian and Elsy-Rose Brazil of Lorton, Virginia, daughter, Wendy and Matt Reinartz of Rochester, Indiana, Grandchildren, Mindy and Cody Brazil of Centerville and Fairfax, Virginia respectively and Kyle and Tanner Reinartz of Rochester, Indiana. He was known as Uncle Jimmy to all his nephews & nieces – they thought he was the best uncle.

Celebration of life will be held in the spring at the United Methodist Church in Middlefield, Ohio. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at