JEITZ, Bernie Duane
It is with deep sorrow and fond memories that family and friends announce that Bernie Jeitz of Roseville, CA passed away of cardiac arrest on September 4, 2013. Bernie left a legacy of love and laughter that will survive through his loving family and his many, many friends. He leaves behind his beloved and devoted wife of 57 years, Joan; mother Alice Jeitz of Pierre, SD; two children Duane (Dani) Jeitz of Valley Springs, CA and Kathy (Tom) Riss of Longmont, CO; his grandchildren Kendall, Alexia, Travis, Joseph and Jeanie; brothers Ron (Jeanie) and Bob (Jo); brother-in-law Ray (Pierrette) Gavle, sister-in-law Ramona Skola (Billy) and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Bernie was born on August 27, 1936 to Walter and Alice Jeitz in Fort Pierre, South Dakota; he was the eldest of three sons. While in high school, he joined the US Army Reserves and upon graduation, enlisted in the US Navy to see the world. Stationed on Treasure Island in San Francisco, it was at a USO dance there that he met, wooed and married the love of his life, Joan Gavel, in December of 1956. Their first two years of marriage were spent in Yokosuka, Japan, where their first child, a son Duane was born in 1958. After returning to the Bay Area, they made their home and raised their family on the Peninsula, where their second child, a daughter, Kathy was born in 1962.
Always a hard worker and ready for a challenge, after his honorable discharge from the Navy, Bernie began a relationship with Chevron Oil, which included owning two service stations. His next endeavor led him to a series of positions as a member of the Teamsters Union, as he helped to keep America on the move. In 1993, Joan retired and they decided to move from Belmont to Roseville, joining other Bay Area friends who both preceded and followed them to Placer County. Bernie continue working until he turned 65, and then worked part time at Folsom Lake Ford, keeping himself occupied and out of Joan's hair.
A kind and simple man with a heart of gold and a quick smile, he deeply loved his family, his friends, his home, and sports, especially NASCAR, the Kings, the 49ers and the World Champion Giants! Bernie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him; the world has lost the best of guys. A celebration of Bernie's life was held for family and friends on September 8.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 21, 2013