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 www.mdanderson.org. The family also invites you to share your memories of Jerry with them by visiting www.mem.com.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Mar. 27, 2007.