Patricia L. Spanel October 16, 1949 July 14, 2021 Age 71. Though she was born to sparkle, Pat gained her heavenly wings on July 14, 2021, surrounded by her husband, two children, and many family members. Just as she lived her life, she passed gracefully in the arms of the Lord with a benevolent smile. Most knew her affectionately as "Mama". She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Delores Rethmeier of Council Bluffs, Iowa. She is survived by her husband Gary Spanel of 49 years; children, Gregory (Megan) Spanel, Kimberly (Timothy) Butler; fur baby, Abbey Rose; three grandsons, Jack, Ben, and Sam; two grand dogs, Gracie and Shelby; brother, James (Mary) Rethemier; sister, Barb McElderry (Dennis); many nephews; nieces; cousins; and friends. Vigil Services: Friday, July 23, Forest Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4 p.m. Rosary Prayer with family receiving friends immediately following until 7 p.m., and a prayer service with a eulogy from 7 to 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, July 24, St. James Catholic Church 4710 N. 90th St. in Omaha at 10 a.m. Interment: Forest Lawn Cemetery immediately following church service. Memorials are suggested to the St. James Catholic School Scholarship Fund or to the Fred and Pamela Buffet Cancer Foundation.
Published by The Daily Nonpareil on Jul. 21, 2021.