OBITUARY

Louis Joseph Bitterly

December 6, 1927July 18, 2021
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Louis J. Bitterly, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grand father and a follower of Christ, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at the age of 93. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 24th from 4-6pm at Colonial Funeral Home. Rosary and funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 27th at Our Lady of Victory starting at 1:30pm. Entombment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Louis was born on December 6, 1927 to the late Ludwig and Helen Lau Bitterly in Meyersville, Texas. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and was a WWII veteran. After returning home, he met and married the love of his life, Vergie Bruns on November 4, 1951 and together they raised 6 children. He also had a 38 year career with NL McCullough Tool Company, and retired at 58 to enjoy the life of leisure. Although he is no longer with us, we will always cherish the love, laughter and wisdom he has instilled in all of us! Louis is survived by his wife, Vergie Bitterly; sons, David Bitterly (Norma) and Jerry Bitterly (Dottie); daughters, Katherine Howard (Dale), Cheryl Neese (Robert Laguarta), and Theresa Ruddick (Ed); 16 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren, and sister, Ruby Schrade. He will be reunited in heaven with his parents; son, Richard Bitterly; and one sister and brother. The family would like to thank the staff at Elmcroft for their wonderful care and compassion. As well as Hospice of South Texas and Texas Home Health. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Our Lady of Victory – Building Fund or Hospice of South Texas. Thoughts and memories may be shared at www.colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Vergie Bruns Bitterly, Wife
  • David Bitterly (Norma), Son
  • Jerry Bitterly (Dottie), Son
  • Katherine Howard (Dale), Daughter
  • Cheryl Neese (Robert Laguarta), Daughter
  • Theresa Ruddick (Ed), Daughter
  • Lisa Bitterly, Daughter-In-Law
  • 16, Grandchildren
  • 10, Great-Grandchildren
  • Ruby Schrade, Sister
  • Richard Bitterly, Son (deceased)
  • 1, Sister (deceased)
  • 1, Brother (deceased)
  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of South Texas
  • Our Lady of Victory - Building Fund

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Rosary

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021

  • Entombment

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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Donna Spann

July 28, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Bitterly, Jerry & Dottie , & all the family .
I'm sorry for your loss. In reading the beautiful loving tributes for Mr Bitterly , it takes me back to August 2020 when we lost a great man ,my father-in-law, Raymond Spann at age 97. I'm sure they both crossed paths in Victoria . Our families were definitely Blessed to have these men from the greatest generation in our lives as a loving husband, father , grandfather, great grandfather and for me the most precious father in law .
My thoughts & prayers are with you as you all begin to navigate this loss .
May God bring you comfort and peace . Sincerely Donna (Thieme)Spann

Jerry & Cindy Zafereo

July 25, 2021

We are saddened by the passing of Mr Bitterly. He was such a kind person. What a great tribute video! He leaves behind a solid and memorable legacy. We pray the Lord’s peace and comfort on all of you during this difficult time.

Virginia Powell

July 24, 2021

Mr. Bitterly was such a happy man. Always had a smile and a joyful laugh. We shared a love of the oilfield as he worked for McCullough and I worked for Baker Oil Tools. When he can to out warehouse to pick up tools, he would always come into the office to say hello. Rest in peace Mr. Bitterly. You left your mark in the Oilfield.

Dennie Bruns

July 23, 2021

-If you cannot see past this right now, the future seems overwhelming, it is fine. It’s a lot to deal with. And remember it is going to pass and in time will be replaced with the memories of the times you laughed and happy times you spent together.
So sorry for the loss of one loved by all!!
Jackie and Dennie Bruns

Edward Sanchez

July 23, 2021

Out deepest condolences and prayers for the family of Mr. Bitterly, may he rest in peace.
Anna and Edward Sanchez

Jeannine Atzenhoffer

July 23, 2021

Though it has been many yrs, I still remember the Bitterly's well! Truly sorry to hear of Mr Bitterly's passing. I remember him & your family for the jovial laughter, smiles & pleasant humor. You were blessed to have him so many yrs! He leaves a wonderful family legacy! Know that I am thinking of ea of you, including Richard, & praying for you all. Vergie, you two were joined @ the hip & I'm sure you must feel lost w/o him! Cheryl, know that our days together @ OLV are a fond memory! May all the wonderful family memories together help you through this sad time.
Blessings to you all🙏

Agnes Bitterly Knight

July 22, 2021

I want to thank the family for all the pictures I enjoyed the memories so much. I remember all the times we all spent on our Grandparents farm. I love the memories of all us kids standing in line taking our turn to turn the ice cream maker. I can see Uncle Louis and his family coming down the road to Grannie and Grandpas house everyone waving out the windows when we saw each other. What a fun life we had as kids.Love you Uncle Louis and Aunt Virgie❤️

Glen Schrade

July 22, 2021

R I P uncle Louis the memories will always be locked in my heart from my childhood days and adult hood prayers will always ride on my shoulders for you

Gay and Craig Lowery

July 21, 2021

David, Norma and family. The loss of someone so dear is never easy. May all the cherished memories that you have of Louis bring you comfort. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

Gay and Craig

Janice Urban

July 20, 2021

It was always fun watching the reel to reel home movies that he would make . Uncle Louis had a laugh that was always so funny to me and never be forgotten . Growing up enjoyed spending the summers with them . Miss walking into Whataburger and seeing them eating there . He will be truly missed . Janice Schrade Urban

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