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Mary Ann Spearie

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Mary Ann Spearie, 84, of Springfield, died at 1:15 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.

She was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Springfield to Peter and Anna Kunz Wangard. She married Donald Robert Spearie, Sr. on April 7, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 2001.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers: Br. George Wangard, S.J., Charles and Louis Wangard.

Mary Ann was a member of St. Agnes Church. She retired in 1989 as a librarian at Cathedral School after 19 years of service. She enjoyed reading, needlework, playing Bunco, visiting with friends and family and also taking care of her feline companion, Ellie. Mary Ann loved to write letters which culminated in corresponding with Joyce Millward from England who was her pen pal for over 70 years.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Ann (Donald) Frank of Chatham; three sons: Donald Robert (Elaine) Spearie, Jr. and David Michael (Tammy) Spearie, both of Springfield and Steven Edward (Catherine) Spearie of St. Louis, Mo.; six grandchildren: Jason (Kristi) Frank, Eric (Liz) Frank, Beth Ann Frank (companion, Nick Beltz), Jennifer Spearie (Otto Chanyakorn), Amy Spearie and Ryan (fiancée, Whitney Beck) Spearie; three great-grandchildren: Alexis Frank, Ethan Beltz and Michael Frank.

Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Staab Funeral Home.

Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 9, 2014, at St. Agnes Church, with the Rev. Robert Jallas officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County or the Greater Illinois Chapter in honor of her late husband.

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Published in The State Journal-Register from June 7 to June 8, 2014
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