James R. Spitzer

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James R.

Memorial Visitation: Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 at ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH (7821 W. Lincoln Ave.) from 5-6PM.

Memorial Service: Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 at ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH (7821 W. Lincoln Ave.) at 6PM.

Passed away on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 at the age of 73 years. Beloved husband of Janis (nee Pawlowske). Dear father of Wendy Spitzer and Philip (Danielle) Spitzer. Also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Jim was a graduate of Milwaukee Lutheran High School – 1967, Concordia College – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 1969, and Concordia Teachers College – River Forest, Illinois – 1971.

For 29 years, Jim was an Elementary School Teacher with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and served at St. John’s Lutheran School – Portage, Wisconsin and Oklahoma Avenue Lutheran School – Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Many people may remember Jim for his love of baseball and softball. He played for 30+ years and was highly respected amongst his teammates and rivals.

Family was very important to Jim. He married Janis in 1970, and they recently celebrated 52 years of marriage. During that time they were blessed with their children Wendy and Philip, and in 2012 Phil’s wife, Danielle joined the family.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Robert – age 72 in 1993, and his mother, Elenor – age 97 in December 2021.

Memorials to St. Paul’s Lutheran School, West Allis, WI would be appreciated.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.” John 11:25, 26

The family wishes to thank Badger Hospice for their love and care.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 at ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH (7821 W. Lincoln Ave.) from 5PM until the time of memorial service at 6PM.


  1. Doug Yahnke September 11, 2022 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    To Jan and family:
    I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. We went to Lutheran High together and were part of two championship baseball teams. Jim was not only a good friend, but a really good player for us. Although over the years we went our separate ways, we always had that bond of being former Red Knights. Jim, Tom Engel, Pete Hansen and I used to call ourselves the Fearsome Foursome. I will always treasure those memories. My condolences to all of you.

  2. Tom Engel September 13, 2022 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    To all the Spitzer family, especially Jan.

    My connection with Jim was high school as I too was one of the “Fearsome Foursome”.
    We really did connect in those MLHS years , especially in baseball.
    We did know how to laugh and we really did enjoy each other’s company and personality. Jim was a big part of that connection.
    I regret drifting in separate directions over the years but will share in our eternal Joy with Jim as we both are redeemed by our Lord Jesus.

    Tom Engel

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