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Jo-Ed Spitzer

June 28, 1941June 28, 2017
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SPITZER, Jo-Ed, 76, of Auburn Hills, Michigan, passed away June 28, 2017. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 28, 1941. Jo graduated from college to receive his masters in teaching. He was married to Arleen Spitzer in April of 1996 and they were happily married for over 20 years until her passing in 2016. Jo-Ed was a teacher in the Rochester School District for 36 years and loved teaching every one of his students until he retired in 2006. After his retirement, he continued teaching art and jewelry classes at West Middle School in the evenings thru the Rochester community programs. He also was a part of the Arts and Apples event in Rochester for many years and his students won many awards in jewelry making and art. Jo was a lifetime member of the Rochester Hills Lions Club and held many positions on the board. He was very active in the community with this Club and worked with the Leader Dogs for the Blind, White Cane Week and was always helping so many people in the community through the Lions Club. Jo had a passion for his family, friends, animals, reading, art and history. He was a very creative, intelligent and kind man who would do anything for anyone. Jo-Ed is survived by his children Lynette Rose (Kurt) Douglas, Jon Scott (Kelly) Spitzer, John (Laura) Riley and Mike (Mary) Riley; his grandchildren Jessica, Brandon, Scotty, Nikki, Shannon, Michael, Brooke, Erin, Grace, and Katie; his siblings Dwight (Anne) Spitzer and Dean Spitzer; his brother in law Kenneth Novack; and his niece Lanie Novack. A Memorial Gathering will be held Friday, July 14th, from 5:30-7 PM with a Memorial Service beginning at 7 PM at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W. University Dr., Rochester, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Leader Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 5000, Rochester, MI.

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  • Memorial Gathering

    Friday, July 14, 2017

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, July 14, 2017

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Gale (Kastner) Renkiewicz

January 16, 2019

Jo was an amazing teacher. I took jewelry class from him and in the following summer I was the youngest student in Traverse City, Michigan to not only graduate the jewelry class, but graduate with an A.
I am so very sorry for your loss, and pray his passing went quickly because Jo would have never wanted to burden himself on anyone.
You will see him again when it is your turn to pass, and I'm sure he will be the brightest soul around. Gale

Sandra Berns

July 15, 2017

To the Spitzer Family.I'm sorry for your loss. Jo was a very interesting and sincere person with a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

Lanie Novack

July 13, 2017

This is from my dad's niece Lanie:

After finding out about my Uncle Joe's passing, I've been really struggling to find the words to describe what this man meant to me. Uncle Joe loved so fully, gently, and uniquely. He was endlessly supportive of me and all of my decisions in life. His silliness and his creativity poured out of him with everything he said and did. (I hope you all one day get to experience an Easter egg hunt as epic as our family's.)

When my Auntie Arleen passed away (almost a year ago to the day) Uncle Joe made sure to pull me aside at the funeral and tell me just how much I meant to her -- and, with tears in his eyes, that I reminded him of her. He loved her deeply, and I am so happy that they're together again.

Whew, those two were a force to be reckoned with. When I was little I stayed with them often. Uncle Joe always took me to 7-Eleven and bought me a Slurpee, and then I would either hang out with him in his studio, or I would play rummy with my Aunt on the couch. It's almost strange how vividly I remember those days. They also hosted our family (and anyone else who needed a place to go) every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

A huge piece of home is gone and I miss them both very, very much.

Family -- I'm sorry I've been so silent. This has just been a little hard to process. I wish so badly that I could be with you all tomorrow. All my love.

Mary Becknell

July 12, 2017

Mr. Spitzer was such a great and funny teacher. His teachings inspired to take at least one art class per semester in high school (especially jewelry class) and more in college. I now have my own "art room" in my home and pass on a lot of the things I learned to the children I work with. It's become a passion and obsession. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing, but find joy that him and his wife are now reunited. I will unfortunately be out of town for his memorial but I am sending love and light to his friends, family, and all that new him.

Mary Lou Youngling

July 11, 2017

The photos you've shared show many happy experiences, and I hope those memories will be of some some comfort.

Martha Sue Reeder

July 10, 2017

Thank you Jo Ed for being in touch with your Aunt Ella Mae and surprising her on her birthday each year. She was so happy to hear from you and she lived to be 100. May you rest in Peace. Martha Sue Mason Reeder Hoover, AL

Martha Sue Mason Reeder

July 9, 2017

Prayers with the family I Think Jo Ed is the cousin I was searching for to give a message of my sisters Death. My prayers are with the family

Martha Sue Reeder

July 9, 2017

To the Spitzer Family. I was searching for my cousin Jo ED Spitzer to tell him of the death of my sister Mary Nell Mason who died on June 21 in St Maries , Idaho. This sounds like the cousin I was searching for. His father was Lafayette Spitzer who was from Kentucky. I talked with his brother Dwight Spitzer yesterday and he was going to try to locate him. My mother Ella Mae Spitzer Mason was his aunt. That is my mother. I am sorry I lost touch with him but would like to express my sympathy to the family. Martha Sue Mason Reeder

Sydney Ann Zaremba

July 7, 2017

To the Spitzer family,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Jo. He was my high school teacher for Sculpting and Jewelry class, as well as others. He was a creative person who always pulled out the best in his students. I fondly remember that he once took some members of our class (including me) to a Pink Floyd concert at Ford Auditorium!

A kind and loving person has left this earth, but will never be forgotten.

In peace,

Sydney Ann Zaremba
Rochester Adams Class of 1973

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