Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

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James L. Arruebarrena (Jim, Jimmy)

July 4, 1952June 26, 2020

On Friday, June 26, 2020, James L. Arruebarrena (Jim, Jimmy) went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jim’s passing was at Ochsner Hospital with his loving wife Janet Amedee Arruebarrena and family at his side. He was born on July 4th, 1952 in New Orleans to Marcel and Doris Arruebarrena. He had two brothers, Kenneth Arruebarrena (wife, Lynn) and Dennis Arruebarrena (wife, Janet #1), and one sister, Marilyn Arruebarrena. Jim had four amazing sons with Dian Tooley-Knoblett. They are James M. Arruebarrena, Alexander M. Arruebarrena, Michael N. Arruebarrena, and Christopher D. Arruebarrena. Jim had a great love for his stepson and family, Vincent Catalanotto, Jr. (wife, Heather), and he was “Papa Jim” to Lucca Rose, and Vincent III. Jim had a beautiful and loving marriage with his beloved wife Janet for 20 years. Jim’s first career was in sales for South Central Bell and other telecommunication companies to follow. He was a smart and persuasive salesman. He could talk you into buying anything! On May 5, 1993, Jim graduated from Loyola University School of Law with a Juris Doctor and honors distinction from the Loyola Law Review. Jim’s law practice (James L. Arruebarrena, L.L.C.) specialized in plaintiff employment law. He referred to himself as the “Equalizer,” helping those who were bullied, discriminated against, or wrongfully terminated by their employer. Jim was a member of Celebration Church, Metairie, LA for over 20 years and served on the Administrative Committee of Celebration. Jim accepted Jesus Christ into his heart as his Lord and Savior in October 1999. Jim’s passions were his faith, his family, politics, Facebook, and music. He advocated strongly for pro-life causes. He was a friend of Bill W. and helped many members along their journeys to recovery. In 2008, Jim was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and had a bone marrow transplant donated by his loving sister Marilyn. He has had many medical complications since that time. Jim experienced many miracles along his health journey, aided by his faith and his unwavering positive attitude and humor. God blessed us all with twelve extra years to love and enjoy Jim. Jim was loved by everyone for who he was, including his wit, kindness, and charm. He was a peacemaker and a mediator. He was especially loved for his funny sayings. “What’s your malfunction?” was one of his favorites. When you asked him his malfunction, he would respond, “living apart from Jesus!” He will be remembered and missed forever. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial gathering at Celebration Church, 2001 Airline Drive in Metairie on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 beginning at 9:30 AM with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 AM. Memorial contributions in Mr. Arruebarrena’s memory may be sent to Declaring Truth Ministries: https://www.declaringtruth.com/donate?fbclid=IwAR2CNKMr6w00KY1DYBgmUpdwXMfOSMEPX5Lfx9H7Z4FgUZe1r_fJ56Mnj84 The online guestbook is available at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome.com.


  • Memorial Gathering

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020


James L. Arruebarrena (Jim, Jimmy)

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Ed and Diane Lemke

July 1, 2020

So sorry for your loss. We loved Jim and his personality and humor were awesome. Our continued prayers for you Janet and the family.

John Dalton

July 1, 2020

I Met Jim about 30+ yrs ago at a friend of Bill W. meeting. I first admired his willingness to share his inner feelings which I thought rare for us men. Then maybe some 10-15 yrs later I got to know him better along with his wife Janet while all of us were volunteering to help others at Celebration Church. I learned from Jim how not only to better counsel others who were hurting, but also better how to be honest about my own hurts and to share how God could be depended on to walk thru it all with me. Great to have been blessed to have Jim as a friend. John D.

Annette Levy Loria

July 1, 2020

Janet, so sorry for your loss. What a great testimony of God’s transforming work in Jimmy and you. What a joy to live in Christ. Praying for you and your family.
I’m in Alabama moving my daughter or I’d be there.
Love you, Annette

Victor Farrugia

July 1, 2020

Jim and I were colleagues in the practice of employment law that seeks to bring justice to employees who have been wronged. I am proud to have been his mentor who encouraged him and helped him get his start in his practice. Jim was a very accomplished lawyer and was one of the best employment lawyers in New Orleans. We frequently talked about our cases and offered each other encouragement. Two of our sons, Victor and Alex were friends growing up. Jim, you are missed. Your colleagues, your clients, your family, your friends - we all miss you. Your memory will live on in the hearts of all of the people you touched. Rest in peace, my friend.

David Bedell

July 1, 2020

Although Jim is gone, his legacy will live on for all the good work he did for others. He helped me with an important case, and his persistence and dedication were outstanding. He will be missed by many, but also continue to live in the hearts of those he touched. Jim, you are with Jesus now.

Edmund Eastman

July 1, 2020

May you find the comfort in his being with His heavenly father until you see him again

Margaret Augustin

June 29, 2020

Jim represented me in an employment matter. I will be eternally grateful for having Jim as my attorney. The work that Jim did made a huge difference in this world. Not many people can say that. My condolences to his family on their loss of this very, very special man. The world is less bright without Jim.

Anon ymous

June 29, 2020

Jimmy, you are gone but your good work goes on. I saw the problem unfold the week of Katrina and knew it had to be fixed......I just didn't know how to go about it. I had my hands full. Then, my special project became your special project, one we continue to share. It was termed one of the worst by your expert you gave us. You righted the ship and the sailor is still sailing....with a light wind at his back.....and though storms still cross the horizon.....the sailor keeps sailing. I think the ship by now might have sunk, and the sailor, and we his shipmates, might all have been lost were it not for you. Thank you for your caring love and a job well done. You are part of the most wonderful family I could ever imagine and I'm so glad that I got to share it with all of you. You know who I am. We'll be seeing you one day.....big block party on Crescent St........take care.


June 28, 2020

I met both Jim and Janet at Celebration Church many years ago. Over the years I have heard of his complete recovery story. & I have shared other groups with Janet. I have always thought what a strong, loving, and supportive husband & wife team, not to mention their generosity. I have never met his remarkable sons however, I have heard many uplifting stories from both Jim & Janet. They loved their children unconditionally & were so proud of each of the children and then the grandchildren arrived & once again filled their hearts with love, joy, & pride. My husband & I were blessed to have joined the same Life Group that Jim and Janet were members of and it give us a chance to reconnect. Jim was so knowledge of God’s word and he willingly shared that knowledge with others. Jim recently led our life group in bible study and his love of God and God’s word were very apparent. I don’t think that Jim ever met anyone that he didn’t share his love of Jesus with. May you find comfort from knowing that Jim will be missed by everyone who knew him. May God bless each of his family members with his peace that surpasses understanding, as you pass through this difficult time. Much love, Lane & Brian OBrien.

Doug Noote

June 28, 2020

Janet, James, Alex, Michael, and Christopher ...

Jonathan, Daniel and I are so sorry to hear about Jim's passing, but are comforted knowing that he is no longer in pain, and in a much better place in heaven. Please try to hang in there and let us know if there is anything we can do to help during this difficult time.

God bless all of you, and take care!!