James A. Balzaretti

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Born July 3, 1933 - Died December 1, 2013 Jim Balzaretti lived a full and generous life. He was a first generation Italian American, born in New York City, New York, to Giovanni and Maria.. He left the city after joining the Air Force and being stationed in Sacramento, California. He fell in love with the west coast and his first wife Mary Ball in 1960 with whom he had two daughters. Life circumstances and a career in Marketing and Public Relations took him across the country until he finally landed in Huntsville, Texas in 1974. He worked with the Texas Department of Corrections, eventually becoming the Director of Land and Mineral Rights, until his retirement. Most importantly were the gifts he gave to this world. He was a highly creative, successful, and award winning photographer, an avid reader, and a hidden poet (a fact no one knew until last year). He was community minded, working on many city projects in Huntsville with the Chamber of Commerce including, but certainly not limited to, the Sam Houston Statue and the recent renovation of the Huntsville Public Library. Jim was a primary founder of the Texas Prison Museum, helping to procure the land where the current site is located. He was active in creating and shaping the Hearts Veterans Museum, something he was exceptionally proud of and honored to do. In his lifetime, Jim participated in many Civic affairs, too many to enumerate on this page. He gave generously of his time and talents until his failing health did not allow him to participate actively. Because of these activities, he was blessed with an abundance of friends who he valued highly and spoke of often. We will always remember that which is most wonderful about him - his love of culture, including theater, art, and music. He taught us to appreciate the finer things in life and to value beauty, style, class and grace. We have all benefitted from this part of his life and from his generosity in instilling this love in our own lives. Although he was most certainly a complex man with many weaknesses, we choose only to remember those beautiful qualities that he brought to us. We will always remember dancing with him, listening to very loud opera with him, cooking for him, and loving him no matter what because he was our father, the Center of our Universe. We are glad that he is now in the arms of his family, who he adored, and we hope they are having a wonderful time eating, dancing, and being Italian - something he so dearly missed as he was the last of all his siblings. We will miss him beyond belief and know that our lives will not be the same without him. Jim is survived by his daughters, Mary Meier and Lisa Balzaretti and their husbands Eric Meier and Jim Webb, his son Steve Gedstadt, and his grandchildren, Jason, Merilee, Kaitlyn and Tyler, and his friends, too numerous to mention. We would also like to extend a special Thank You to his Most Excellent Caregivers: Elevin, Mia, Jackie and Sharon, who provided superb care and attention to him when it was most needed.

Services will be held Friday, December 6, 2013, 11:00 a.m., at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville, Texas with interment to follow in Mayes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville. Family will receive friends Thursday, December 5, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to: H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum 463 State Hwy 75 N, Huntsville Texas 77320. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at www.shmfh.com.

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Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home
1700 Normal Park Dr.
Huntsville, TX 77340
(936) 291-7300
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Published on yourconroenews.com from Dec. 3 to Dec. 16, 2013
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