Gerald Frank "Jerry" Spitzenberger
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GERALD FRANK "JERRY" SPITZENBERGER, after a nine year struggle, lost his life to cancer at the age of 53 on Saturday, March 24, 2007. He is survived by a family who loves him very much, including: his wife, Donna Jean Spitzenberger; his parents, Frank and Mary Gene Spitzenberger; his two children, Matthew and Elizabeth Spitzenberger; his son-in-law, Robert Rightmire III; his four grandchildren, Robby, Cassidy, Cody and Savanna; his two brothers, Rick Spitzenberger and Steve Spitzenberger and wife Denise; his father and mother-in-law, Gilbert and Carol Martinez; his brother and sisters-in-law, Jeffrey and Suzanne LaMotte, and Trish Martinez; his nieces and nephews, Gregory, Leah, Jerry Wayne, Amber, Carlos, David, Zachary and Sarah; his aunts and uncles, Rosalie and Morel Grant, Paul and Wanda Spitzenberger, Frank and Jean Dulaney, Bill Nabors; and many cousins. He is also survived by those who gave their love, friendship and prayers: his many, many friends from his 31 years with "the phone company", his golfing buddies, his poker group, his fantasy football league at Katy Elks, his hunting buddies, his college roommates, and so many others. Memorial services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2007 in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors For those desiring and in lieu of flowers, please send donations, in memory of Jerry, to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486 or The family also invites you to share your memories of Jerry with them by visiting

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 27, 2007.
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March 30, 2007
Dear Donna, Matthew and Elizabeth,
Although we do not know you personally, we want you to know that we care about you. We moved to Beaumont in 1966 but have always had this wonderful friendship with the Spitzenberger family. We have shared our lives, our joys and our sorrows even at a distance. I know that you have many wonderful memories to comfort you. May God strengthen and sustain you as He did Jerry in his time of need.
Lynn and Dorothy Steed
March 30, 2007
Dear Frank, Mary Gene, and family,
We believe that when our Lord came for Jerry He wrapped him in his arms and said to him,
Jerry, you fought a good fight...
You have been a good and faithful servant...
I have prepared a special place for you...

When we think about you all and Jerry we will remember how he was as big as life and that he loved this world and all the good things in it. The Spitzenberger tradition of cooking and serving has always been a generous act of love for people. We have experienced that act of love personally.
Thank you for the beautiful service that let us know Jerry better then ever! His children have quite a legacy to keep! May God bless and give you comfort and peace knowing how much you are loved by so many.
Lynn and Dorothy Steed
March 29, 2007
This world is a less happy place now that Jerry is no longer in it. Those of us that knew him and worked with him will miss him terribly. God gifted us for a short time with one of His Special Angels.

Jerry was an extraordinary man. When I think of him, words come to mind; words like: good guy, a man's man, a sweet person, a kind gentle man, a true friend, a helping hand, a family man, a dedicated employee. I have never heard Jerry say a single disparaging word about anyone. He just went about his life helping people and doing good.

The last time I saw Jerry alive was this past December. We spent a couple of hours together and after we prayed, I could see his strength return, albeit only for a short time. He was the "old Jerry" again, strong and full of life. Then he said that he was ready to go home. He had made his peace with God and had no regrets. I remember the last words he said to me as I left him, "I don't want to be healed, I want to go home." Well, Brother, thank God, you're home now.

The greatest compliment that I can pay you is to say that I was privileged to have known you and it is an honor for me to say that I was your friend!

I pray that God grants the entire Spitzenberger family peace and healing. Know that Jerry was very loved and through him, all of you!

I believe that God gives us examples of how we should live our lives. Jerry was mine.
Garland Melancon
March 29, 2007
To the Spitzenberger family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you and be with you during this time of loss and sorrow.
Tom "Tommy" Wygant
March 29, 2007
Even though we didn't know Jerry, it is evident that he was much loved and will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss and grief.
Sheri, Richard and Staff at J.L. Allen Exploration
March 29, 2007
Spitzenberger family and friends:
May you find the strength to make it through this difficult time. May you remember the times when he was so full of life and know he is watching you from above. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Jessica McGraw
March 28, 2007
Frank & Mary Gene we never met your son Jerry,only knew him thru you, but after seeing this guest book we see how loved he was and what a wonderful man,son,husband,father, grandfather,and friend he was to many people. God Bless you and all his loved one and our prayers are with you all.
Don &n Juanita Booth
Don & Juanita Booth
March 28, 2007
March 28, 2007
Donna and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you take comfort in knowing that no matter what you are going through, Heaven is watching over you.
Kevin Bruzewski
March 27, 2007
Dear Donna and family. Love to you all. You know Jerry will always be looking down on you and smiling - offering you a hug when you need it.
Gayle & David McMaster
March 27, 2007
To the family of Jerry Spitzenberger
May God give you strength during this sad time. Jerry was a very special person. May your heart mend and your memories stay strong.
Sandy McCullah
March 27, 2007
Jerry, his parents and brothers accepted me into their home when we were teenagers and I needed a place to live for a school year while my own family was overseas. While we are cousins, for that short period of time I was his sister and he my brother. God bless him and keep him. With love...Gail
Gail Williams
March 27, 2007
Jerry, I'm so glad you're no longer suffering. You were so often on my heart and in my prayers. I always appreciated your friendship and support at work. I loved to watch you "berate" yourself on the golf course. You were a big, gentle soul and this world needs more of those. May God bless and welcome you Jerry. Your new life is just beginning.
Paul P. Smith III
March 27, 2007
Liz, Robert and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is extremely hard. Find comfort in knowing there will not be anymore pain and suffering. I will keep all of you in my prayers.
Margaret Jankowiak
March 27, 2007
I worked along side Jerry for many years. He was truly an inspiration and will be missed by hundreds within his extended SBC/AT&T family.
Kenneth Wilson
March 27, 2007
To the Spitenberger Family: May the peace of God be with you during this time of bereavement, knowing that Jerry is in a much better place, we will all miss him, but with the hope and expectation of seeing him again in the presence of Christ.
Johnnie Nicholson
March 27, 2007
Mr.& Mrs. Spitzenberger,
We were very sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

God Bless
Tommy & Susan Abdella and family
Tommy Abdella
March 27, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you at the loss of your Dad. Now at least he is at peace.
Shelley Spears
March 27, 2007
Is this the son of Frank who attended Addicks High School. Whether it is or not our prayers go out to the family.
Glen H. Beeler
March 27, 2007
My prayers are with the family
Wanda Idlebird
March 27, 2007
The Spitzenberger Family

We are all so very sorry about the loss in your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you.

Love and prayers to all of you.
Your neighbor
The Pampell's
Helen Pampell
March 27, 2007
You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of sorrow. May the comfort of friends and family give you strength in the days to come.
Aimee Willoughby
March 27, 2007
Jerry was a very special friend and will always have a place in my heart. He was there to help mold my "Bell Head" at the training center and the first one to tell me I looked like hell in my 9th month of pregnancy! I hope that the love we all have for him comforts you.
Sandy Bohannon
March 27, 2007
God saw you getting weary
A cure was not to be
He put his arms around you
and whispered "Come to me"
Our lives go on without you
We smile and seem O.K.
But emptiness is in our hearts
We miss you
more than words can say.

Forever in our hearts
Ronnie Cox
March 27, 2007
Jerry was one of those rare men you instantly liked the second you met him. He was always quick with a smile and had such a love for life. Jerry was a terrible singer, who loved to sing if he had a few drinks in him. Jerry told corny jokes, but you still laughed because Jerry was so funny telling them. In fact, half the time, Jerry would start laughing before he could get to the punchline. I’ve met few men who loved his family so much. I always felt Jerry lived “close to home” just in case his Mom or Dad needed him. The times I have spent sitting around “Mimi and Papa" Spitzenberger’s house were always special. You knew you would have plenty to eat and plenty of stories to laugh about. Jerry’s kids were the loves of his life. I know he was so proud of Elizabeth and Matthew and the beautiful grandchildren they gave him. I think the thing I will miss most about Jerry is his kindness and his ability to make you feel part of his family. You were always welcomed in his presence. I will miss him.
Chris Romair
March 27, 2007
Mary Gene and Frank...
May God comfort and give you both strength, for Jerry has gone "HOME".
Vicki Worsham Payne
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