November 10, 1926 - February 25, 2011 Rose M. Speer, of Ontario, California, passed away at Upland Rehabilitation Center on February 15, 2011, following a brief illness. Rose was a resident of Ontario for over 50 years. She was active in many civic and youth service organizations, that were associated with raising her two sons to adulthood in the area. These organizations included: Ontario-Montclair School District PTA as District Parliamentarian, Boy Scouts of America as a den mother; Ontario Pop Warner Foothill League as a Team Mother, and the Chaffey High School Football Boosters Club. She was also an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan. Rose was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, to Flora and Antonio Panecasio. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Spencer J. "Joe" Speer by 14 years. She is survived by her two sons, Steven A. Speer (Donna) of Aliso Viejo, CA, and Joseph R. Speer (Anna) of Upland, CA; two granddaughters, Lisa Speer and Carli Speer, both of Upland; and one great-grandson, James Sauter. Rose had three siblings: Antonetta Durham of Morgantown, WV, James Panescon of Salem, OH, and the late Marietta Hillberry of Fairmont, WV. She is also survived by five nephews, Charles Hillberry of Fairmont, WV, David Durham of Morgantown, WV, William Durham of Arkansas, Richard Popovich of Pinon Hills, CA, and Robert Popovich of Seattle, WA. In addition she had three nieces, Valerie Wolfe of Hanson, KY, Saundra Whitson of Chantilly, VA, and Laura Popovich of Columbia, SC. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 24th, from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Draper Mortuary in Ontario, with a Funeral Service on Friday, February 25th at 11:00 A.M. also at Draper Mortuary. After the services, family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life luncheon at Starstruck Events (corner of Arrow and San Antonio, Upland) beginning at 1:00 P.M.
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Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, 2011