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James Sturzen

February 28, 1982 - July 20, 2021


Athens, Pennsylvania

Date of Death:

July 20, 2021



Birth Date:

February 28, 1982

Birth Place:

Towanda, Pennsylvania

Service Information:

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Church of the Epiphany, 304 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pennsylvania


Monday, July 26, 2021 from 4 to 6 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Pennsylvania

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James Sturzen

James F. Sturzen, 39, of Athens, PA passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 20, 2021in Stroudsburg, PA.

He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Sheehan Sturzen; his grandfather, David Sturzen; uncle, Daniel Sturzen; maternal grandparents, Francis P. and Rosalie A. Cassetta; maternal great grandfather, Joseph Sheehan; maternal great grandmother, Marie Slagle Sheehan; paternal great grandfather, Otto Sturzenegger; and paternal great grandmother, Cornelia Simmons Sturzenegger.

James is survived by his mother, Mary Cassetta Sturzen of Athens; brother, Joseph Sturzen Jr. of Athens; grandmother, Annette Sheehan Sturzen of Towanda:  aunts, Patricia Sturzen of French Asylum, Susan Cassetta Giordano of Towanda, Pattricia Cassetta Drake and Robert Drake of Big Flats, NY; cousins, Daniel Sturzen  Jr (Jeannie DeRick Sturzen), Jeffrey Sturzen (Julie Rosenberry Sturzen), Melinda Sturzen Cheresnowsky (Michael Cheresnowsky) of Port Huenme, CA, Lisa Giordano Ammerman and Donald Ammerman of Towanda, Michael Giordano (Danielle Smith Giordano) of E. Shohola, PA, Lauren Giordano of Ulster, Rebecca Drake of Big Flats, Christopher Drake of Big Flats, Amy (Eric) Thornsen of Corning;  along with many special family and friends.

James graduated from Athens High School in 2000 and went on to attend college at Edinboro University.  He was a manager at Sturzen Furniture for over 15 years before relocating to Stroudsburg to work at EFO Furniture.  Jim was an avid sports fan, following the Bills, Yankees and the Nicks and could always be found watching Sprots Center.  He enjoyed bowling, golfing and horseshoes.

A time of calling will be held on Monday, July 26, 2021 from 4 to 6 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York.  A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Epiphany, 304 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA with Rev. Andrew S. Hvozdovic officiating.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to James’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

Sympathy Messages

From: Olin/O.B. Wood
Jimmy was a dear, dear friend with whom I have so many wonderful memories. Joe and Mary, it's tearing me up thinking of you and what you must be going through. If there is ANYTHING I can do, please contact me day or night at 607-237-2988. I love you guys and will miss Jimmy like crazy. I'm so very sorry. I'll see you Monday. 

From: Sarah Gee
Heartbroken by the loss of my sweet friend Jimmy Lemonade. Thankful for the many laughs we shared over the years. Sending love and prayers to his family.

From: Alisha Horner
So sad to hear this. Jimmy was a great guy. I have so many great memories of him from my childhood. He always had a smile on his face.  Prayers to his family.

From: Laura Croft Gilbert
I am so very sorry for your loss.  Jimmy was such a happy kid always smiling. We have wonderful memories of our children growing up together. His smile was contagious and he will be truly missed. Our hearts go out to you and Joey.

From: Toni Shaw
So sorry for the loss of James.  I was shocked when I saw that in the newspaper this morning.  I had James (and Joe) in school... Great boys.  So sorry I can't attend the viewing as I have a procedure on that day.  Sending Hugs to the family in this time of loss.

From: Claire Holton-Lizon
Dear Mary, Ann and all of the family,
My deepest condolences in your loss. I am so sorry.

From: Robin Ennis Willson
Oh Mary and family, I am so very sorry for your loss! Praying for you.

From: Heather (Hatch) Vaughan
Dear Sturzen family, 
I am sending my condolences to your family. I did not personally know James. I grew up attending school with Joseph. I pray for your family in this tragic time and I am so sorry for your great loss. 
My sympathies, 
Heather Vaughan and family.

From: Gutierrez Family
Heartfelt condolences from our family.

From: Maggie Pagan
My deepest condolences for your loss. I was a coworker of James’ at EFO Furniture. He was a great guy, there were lots of moments full of laughter and great memories that the EFO Family and I shared with him. He will be terribly missed, but not forgotten. Sending prayers to the family.

From: Elaine & Larry Elliott
We are sending our deepest condolences and lots of hugs to you all.

From: Debra Podhajny
My deepest condolences to your family.  I was a co-worker of James at EFO in Stroudsburg.  He was a such a nice young man and a joy to work with.  He will be sorely missed by our entire staff.  
We'll keep your family in our prayers.  
Wishing you healing and comfort.

From: Megan Croft
Mary, Joe, and family,
I am so saddened to hear about Jimmy, and am sorry I could not be there to remember his life. I have so many wonderful and fond memories of all of us growing up together for so much of our lives. Please know my thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time. He was so loved. 

From: EFO Furniture
It is a great sorrow to hear this news. I have met James on several occasions and he was a considerate and hard-working individual.  
He can’t express the sorrow and shock and we thank you for informing us.
We would be honored to contribute to your church or a favorite charity of your choice if you let us know. God bless you and may HE  give you the strength to endure.

From: Linda Davis
So sorry for the loss of Jim. Mary you were a great mom Prayers and sympathy for you all. Hope to see you soon.

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