GULF SHORES , AL - Father John J. Spanjers, 80, recently of Gulf Shores, AL passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013. He was born January 14, 1933 in Racine, WI to Leo and Marie (Berens) Spanjers. Upon completion of his primary and secondary education in Racine, WI, Father Spanjers entered the St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee for 2 years and continued his theological studies for an additional 6 years at the St. Paul Seminary and was ordained into the priesthood in 1959 for the Diocese of Superior, serving as a parish priest in the communities of Rhinelander, River Falls, Bayfield, Rice Lake, Superior, Almena and Turtle Lake. He served for over 54 years. He is survived by his brother, Kenneth (Helen) Spanjers of St Paul, MN and numerous nieces and nephews. Father Spanjers was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Mary Ann (Richard) Moran and his brother, Leo "Fritz" Spanjers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, June 17, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rice Lake, WI with His Excellency, The Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen, Bishop of Superior officiating and Rev. Kevin Gordon as homilist. A private burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Superior, WI. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 PM Sunday at St. Ann Catholic Church in Turtle Lake, WI, with a scripture service at 6:00 PM, and visitation for one hour prior to Mass on Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rice Lake. Thank you to all of the friends and caregivers who have helped me during the past year. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the charity of donor's choice. Skinner Funeral Home of Rice Lake and Turtle Lake is serving the family.
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Published in Racine Journal Times on June 14, 2013