Justin "Jess" Spiehler (1939 - 2014)

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Justin "Jess" Spiehler, Jr.

LAFAYETTE - Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lafayette, for Justin "Jess" Spiehler, Jr., 74, who died on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at his residence in Lafayette.

Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Reverend Steven C. LeBlanc, Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Lafayette, Louisiana will be the Celebrant of the Funeral Mass and will conduct the funeral services. Kevin Martin, organist and Jodi Bollich, soloist, will sing "Amazing Grace", "Just A Closer Walk With Thee", "On Eagles' Wings", "Here I Am Lord", and "Ave Maria" for the services.

Left to cherish his memories include his beloved wife of 52 years, Jacquelyn Claire Remy Spiehler; two daughters, Janet Marie Spiehler and Judith Spiehler Paratore; two daughters-in-law, Simona Palmisano Spiehler and Lesley Sheffield Spiehler; three sons, Justin Richard Spiehler, III, James Michael Spiehler, and Jason Robert Spiehler; one son-in-law, Nicholas S. Paratore, Jr.; one sister, Hazel Spiehler Arena; and fourteen grandchildren, Jessica, Justin, Carly, Kristen, Mallory, Alyse, Anika, Soren, Livia, and Giulio Spiehler, Nicholas, Ashley, and Michael Paratore, and Beatrice Farinelli.

Justin "Jess" Richard Spiehler, Jr. of Lafayette, Louisiana passed away this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 74 years old and is survived by his wife, 5 children, and 14 grandchildren.

Jess was born on June 18, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated from St. Aloysius High School in 1957. He went on to complete a degree in Petroleum Engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, graduating at the top of his class. While at LSU he met Jacquelyn Claire Remy, whom he married on September 2, 1961.

Upon graduation, Jess went to work for California Oil Company (now Chevron) and later for Signal Oil & Gas and Damson Oil. In 1974 he moved to Lafayette, Louisiana to co-found Stokes & Spiehler and enjoyed a long and prosperous career.

Jess was a man of many diverse talents and possessed an incredibly sharp intellect. He applied his skills into his many hobbies such as hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, sailing, building model airplanes, watching LSU sports, and singing and playing his guitar. He was a particularly skilled woodworker and constructed dozens of hand-crafted pieces, nearly all of which were gifted lovingly to his friends and family.

Jess gave generously to countless causes and institutions, not only monetarily but with his own time and effort. He was on the Board of Directors of the Kairos Prison Ministry and spent innumerable weekends serving inmates at the Angola State Penitentiary. Weekly, he brought the Eucharist to the homebound and to those in nursing homes and served as President of the Carmelite Monastery Guild. He was an active member of the St. Pius Congregation and recently helped Chair the Building Fund for their new church. He gave his time as a CCD instructor, retreat assistant, Knights of Columbus member and in countless other avenues of service. He strove to have a positive impact on the lives of many and did so in humility and joy.

He treasured the time he spent with his family and his generosity to them was boundless. His love, charm, class, and grace will be remembered and missed by them always.

The family requests that visitation be observed in Martin & Castille's SOUTHSIDE location on Thursday, March 6, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM and on Friday at St. Pius X Catholic Church from 8:00 AM until time of service.

A Rosary will be recited on Thursday at 6:30 PM by the Knights of Columbus Council #8901 at Martin & Castille Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Discalced Carmelite Sisters (OCD) at 1250 Carmel Drive, Lafayette, LA 70501.

View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com

Martin & Castille-SOUTHSIDE-600 E. Farrel Rd., Lafayette, LA 70508, 337-984-2811

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Martin & Castille Funeral Home Inc
600 E Farrel Rd Lafayette, LA 70508
(337) 984-2811
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Published in the The Advertiser on Mar. 6, 2014
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