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Justine J. Pitzer


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Justine J. Pitzer Obituary
Justine Joy Pitzer, 93, went to her eternal home Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, after lovingly being cared for by her sister Anita Owen, at Anita's home in Greensburg. Justine was born in Hilltop, Kan., to Una and Edward Sauder. After graduation from high school, she attended nurse's training and served in the Army Nurses Corps in late 1945. She worked in Wichita, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., until her marriage in 1958 to Darrell Gunn, during which she resided in Kansas City until moving to Mullins, S.C., and then N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. Darrell passed away in January 1999. She found love again with Bob Pitzer, whom she married in January 2000. Justine is remembered by family as a hard worker, a natural caregiver, one who truly enjoyed life around her, always giggling at things, very athletic, playing golf and bowling into her 80s. She loved to entertain where she always had a snack, including shrimp and crab for happy hour. She crabbed and shrimped into her 80s. She was proud to tell others she was licensed private pilot. She had a very loving heart, embracing both of her husbands' families as though they were her own, offering unconditional love, encouragement and generosity. She cared for Bob until his death in March 2015. Many golden memories will linger for family and friends who visited her at the house on 43rd Street in Cherry Grove, S.C. What an amazing gift of memories she has left us. She was a longtime member of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in N. Myrtle Beach. She and husband Bob donated money for the completion of a memory rose garden for members' ashes to be buried, where hers will be placed for eternity. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her older brother, Glen. She is survived by sisters, Anita Owen, of Greensburg, and Marilyn Halsey, of Topeka, Kan.; and brothers, Norman and Larry, of Wichita, Kan. Surviving stepchildren include Donna Shipp, of Atlanta, Ga., Judith Axelson (Gene), of Sun City West, Ariz., Peggy Lively (Gerald), of Arlington, Texas, and Russell Gunn (Hildegard), of Napa, Calif. There are also seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to all of the caregivers and Promise Hospice for their invaluable support and assistance this past year.
Honoring Justine's wishes, services will be private. KEPPLE-GRAFT FUNERAL HOME is entrusted with the arrangements.
For online condolences and information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Feb. 10, 2019
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