Gerard Joseph "Jerry" "Pet" Petkovsek

July 4, 1929 - December 3, 2020

Gerard Joseph “Jerry” “Pet” Petkovsek, 91, of Beaumont, died Thursday, December 3, 2020. He was born on July 4, 1929, to Mary Aubey Petkovsek and Andrew Petkovsek, Sr., in Beaumont, and was a veteran of the United States Army. Jerry retired as Manager of Bruce Wiggins’ Mobil Service Station on the corner of Park and Corley in Beaumont, after fifty years.

Survivors include his daughter, Karen Petkovsek of Beaumont; son, David Petkovsek and his wife, Bonnie, of Conroe; daughter, Katy Bernsen and her husband, Kelly, of Beaumont; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, Linda Vandever and Gladys Manning; nephew, August J. Palermo, Jr. and his wife, Frances.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Lois Petkovsek.

A gathering of Mr. Petkovsek’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont, with his interment to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284-1125.

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brenda petkovsek-bean

Im so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing I just talked with him last week. My prayers are with you all God bless

Dianna Berwick Judd

Dearest Uncle Jerry, It may seem strange I am writing this to you. You have already been welcomed into the arms of the love of your life and by the thousands of people whose lives you touched who entered the ever after before you. I told you a year or so ago how much I love you and how much wisdom you shared that I didn’t always listen to or seem to hear. But as I experienced life and made mistakes, your words were always there in the back of. my mind. “If you aren’t saving, you aren’t making anything.” One liners that were the most sound advice anyone could ever give. I am most proud of your endurance, your example, how you cared foe everyone around you. Your friend Cowboy was one of the luckiest men alive to have you as a friend and I’m sure he was a great friend as well. You visited Mr. Barranco at the nursing home and my daddy right next door to him. You made the rounds at hospitals and funerals and you were always a class act. You had convictions you weren’t afraid to stand on. You never caved to technology in the fast moving technological world of disconnect. You visited in person. You couldn’t hear well but you answered the phone. You took care of your wife, Aunt Lois, the love of your life. And you raised the finest children a man could ever ask for. Their work ethic and goodness shows in everything they do. You were a phenomenal grandfather and uncle and everyone you met loved you. Even though you had convictions, you didn’t criticize others and I don’t remember you speaking Iill of anyone. From a young child, you worked, lived, and loved with an honest heart. You were and always will be a great man, a gentleman, a humble man, and you will be so missed. I love you, Dianna

Warren & Myra Petkovsek

‘So saddened by Uncle Jerry’s passing. Prayers for strength & healing for my cousins & all concerned.

Dick Marsh

Good man, will be missed by many.

eileen TINDALL

So sad to learn of Jerry's passing. Jerry was a permanent fixture to our little groupie at first church at Wesley. He was always loved and showered w/affection as a favorite person. After Lois passed away he began sitting with us and we loved his presence. God bless each of you and prayers are with you at this sad time for all. He is at peace and with his love Lois again.


David, Charlotte and I offer our condolences on your loss.

Carolyn Oster

Jerry has always had a special place in the hearts of the Knowles family. I loved "bumping" in to him at Market Basket, Kroger's or anywhere else.. He always took time to visit and ask about our family. Jerry will be missed by many people. Rest in peace, sweet man. I will always love you.

Barbara & Tom Leicht

Jerry was a lifelong good friend. We have know each other since childhood. We send our condalances to all the family and he will be missed by many. May His Soul, Rest In Peace

Ike Adams sr

Enjoyed jerry visit at my front porch he pick my figs one year while on vacation he love my figs I gave him every season Rest In Peace god bless old friend

mary ann shumaker

He was always so good to my Aunt Angie. He would pick up her car and wash and have it serviced for her. Always so pleasant and willing to please and always had a smile on his face. I know the angels sang when he entered the gates of heaven. Rest i peace, Jerry..

Martha Jones

I’m so sorry Katy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

George A. Weir

So sorry for your loss. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

mike cacioppo

Your dad Jerry was always the nicest man & a very good friend to my dad. i remember as a kid with my dad, stopping by your dad's gas station. after he retired & my dad was retired Jerry was still a good friend to my dad. in the 80's, my family operated a convenience store on college street. sometimes my dad would help by opening the store in the morning. my dad had a heart condition & wasn't supposed to pick up much. Jerry would go there every morning to help my dad, Jasper to get things ready to open the store like helping him with buckets of ice to put in the beer barrels. i was always thankful to your dad. my mom & i live down the street from your dad on off skakespeare. within the last 2 months i was walking & past your dad's house. i stopped to talk. he seemed great as always. i thanked him for helping my dad all those years. he was a great man. mike cacioppo


Pet was such a nice man, he was always checking on Tim my brother after his heart surgery and always ask Tim how his girl was doing which was me. I saw Pet about 3 weeks ago or so coming out of my drive way looking for Tim and we visited for awhile from our car's . Our friendship does goes way back when I was just a child and our Aunt Eunice 'Nunnie" would go to the service station and Pet would always service her car with care. I know you will miss your Dad dearly as we will also. Rest in peace , sweet man.

Tony Rosetta

Jerry was a member of our morning coffee group at Whataburger!!! Everybody in the group thought the world of Jerry!!!! He was the sweetest man I have ever known!!! Everyone in our coffee group loved Jerry!! My heart is broken that he is gone!!! I know Jerry is in Heaven, and I hope when I pass on, that we'll be together again upstairs drinking our morning coffee, shooting the bull and telling lies!! Condolences to his family!!!! He will be sorely missed by all.

JoAnne Brackett Gruter

I grew up going to the Bruce Wiggins gas station which was a couple of blocks from my grandmother's home on 2412 Park Street. Mr. Petkovsek was the nicest man and always looking to help others. He truly will be missed. My condolences to the family.

Debbie Holton

My condolences to the Petkovsek family for your loss. Not only do I remember him from Whataburger, but I also remember him from McDonalds. What a sweet, sweet man that loved to meet and visit with friends. Didn't know him personally, but I saw him often. I pray for God's peace for your loss during this time and the days ahead. May he rest in peace.

Norma Aubey Lewis

Karen, David, and Katy: I am very sorry for your loss of your daddy. Even though I will not be able to attend my cousin's services, please know that I am praying for the repose of Jerry's soul with our savior, Jesus, in Heaven where pain and suffering never exist! Also, I want all three of you to know that I am praying for God to give you all the grace and strength you will need to heal from the grief I know you must be feeling. May all the good memories you have of times you spent with your daddy help to comfort you during this difficult time. All of the memories I have of your daddy are good ones. He always had a big smile and was always so warm and friendly to me. Sincerely, Norma

Norma Aubey Lewis

Karen, David, and Katy, I just enrolled your dad in a Novena of Masses at my church in Malakoff from December 24th through January 1st and I offered my Mass this morning for your dad and my brother, Vic (whose service will be at 11:00 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church in Winnie on Dec. 14th). You will all be in my thoughts today and tomorrow. Love, Norma

kenneth e knowles

My thoughts and prayers are with you David and the rest of your family. Pet was a great man..He will be missed.

Regina Tenner

Jerry was nice to talk to whom I met through my Uncle VJ Barranco. He was always "palling around" with him or just having coffee. So I am sure they are doing the same in Heaven. Sorry for your loss.