STEPHENVILLE—A memorial service for Irene Spitz, 84, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Faith Lutheran Church with Pastor Tom Konz officiating. 

Irene was born in Port Arthur, Texas to the late Louis and Ida Brinkmann. She grew up in Beaumont, Texas. 

Irene attended Texas Woman’s University, graduating in 1954, and taught elementary school for several years before starting her family.

On Aug. 12, 1955 Irene married Carl Spitz. Together they lived in Fort Worth before moving to Stephenville in 1972. He preceded her in death in 2014.

Irene loved animals of all kinds, especially dogs, and was active in the Erath County Humane Society. She was president of the Humane Society for several years.  Irene attended Faith Lutheran Church and participated in various groups within the congregation. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and shopping. For the past three years Irene was a resident of Oakwood Assisted Living in Stephenville and was a resident council member.

Irene was preceded in death by her son, Walter Spitz.  

Survivors include daughter, Carla Manlapaz and her husband Joseph; granddaughter, Isabella of Stephenville; several cousins; and many wonderful friends.

Special thanks to Drs. Lester Ong and Brandie Williams, along with Oakwood Assisted Living, Texas Health Stephenville, Solaris Hospice and longtime friend Shaun Ward.  

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Faith Lutheran Church's general fund or the Erath County Humane Society.

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