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In Memory of

James Eugene Pestello

September 27, 1947 - March 28, 2015

Obituary


James (Jim) Eugene Pestello Jr., age 67, was welcomed to his final home by his parents James E. Pestello Sr. and Lucille F. Pestello, Father-in-law Elton Mares, sister Laurie Proctor, brother John Pestello, brother-in-law Bryan Mares, sons James E. Pestello III, and Todd Gilbert on Saturday, March 28, 2015 after an extended hospital stay following his lung transplant in August 2014. Jim is survived by his wife Beverly Gilbert, daughters Toni Pestello, Kari Perry and husband Jeff, and Lindsey Gilbert, grandchildren Ryan, Shelbi, Meagan, Madison and Olivia, sisters Roxanne Pestello, Elizabeth McBride and husband Warren,...

James (Jim) Eugene Pestello Jr., age 67, was welcomed to his final home by his parents James E. Pestello Sr. and Lucille F. Pestello, Father-in-law Elton Mares, sister Laurie Proctor, brother John Pestello, brother-in-law Bryan Mares, sons James E. Pestello III, and Todd Gilbert on Saturday, March 28, 2015 after an extended hospital stay following his lung transplant in August 2014. Jim is survived by his wife Beverly Gilbert, daughters Toni Pestello, Kari Perry and husband Jeff, and Lindsey Gilbert, grandchildren Ryan, Shelbi, Meagan, Madison and Olivia, sisters Roxanne Pestello, Elizabeth McBride and husband Warren, Lisa Pestello Asrar, brothers Joseph Pestello and Samuel Pestello, sisters-in-law Barbie Hanna and husband Jim, Brenda Mares, Mother-in-law Leola Mares, step mother DeLancey Pestello, and lifelong friend Bob Martin. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 27, 1947 as the eldest of 8, Jim was a natural leader throughout his life. As patriarch of his family, he was loved and respected by all. Jim owned Astro Bowling Center, and was a competitive bowler for many years. He was awarded many American Bowling Honor scores, which included several perfect scores and series achievements. As a forerunner in the bowling industry, he brought new concepts to life such as tournaments, brackets, and The Texas Masters Tour. His charming personality helped him introduce people of all ages to the world of bowling, and his tireless dedication to the sport spread to all his customers and friends. His family offers a special thanks to the transplant team and staff of the ICU/Acute Care at the University Hospital. Their kindness, professionalism, and compassion was truly a blessing during this difficult time. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him, and his friends and family that love him. A visitation will be held on Friday April 3, 2015 at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home from 5-9 pm with a rosary at 7 pm. Visitation will continue on Saturday April 4, 2015 at 10 am at Sunset Nrthwest Funeral Home, funeral service to follow at 11 am.