Michele M. Spence

Michele SpenceMichele M. Spence, 64, of 130 Terrace Road, St. Marys, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, at the UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh after an illness of the past several months.

She was born February 6, 1951 in Oil City, daughter of the late Paul J. and Eileen B. Eisenmen Fletcher.  She was a graduate of Venango Christian High School and Carlow College in Pittsburgh, where she received a B.S. in Nursing.  She also received a M.Ed. from Lock Haven University.  Mrs. Spence previously worked as a staff nurse at the Elk Regional Medical Center and the Community Nurses of Elk and Cameron Counties.  She served as a teaching assistant in the Nursing Department at Carlow College, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Pittsburgh.  She was currently employed as the school nurse at the Ridgway Area Middle-High School.

On July 7, 1973, in St. Michael’s Church in Fryburg, PA, she married Jeffrey T. Spence, who survives.  She is also survived by three sons, Peter F. Spence and his wife Monica of Elizabeth, PA, Michael J. Spence and his wife Pamela of Carlisle, PA, and Patrick A. Spence and his wife Crystal of Gibsonia, PA; five grandchildren, Jackson Spence, Daniel Spence, Caroline Spence, Grant Spence, and Bentley Spence; two sisters, Paulette Colantonio and her husband John of Fern, PA and Claire Cunningham and her husband Robert of Oil City; four brothers, Michael Fletcher and his wife Rosemary of Olney, MD, Patrick Fletcher and his wife Ruth of Denver, CO, Kim Fletcher and his wife Marie of Shippenville, PA, and Paul Fletcher, Jr. and his wife Brenda of Parker, CO; and by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Mrs. Spence was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, the National Association of School Nurses, and PSEA.  She loved to garden and read in her spare time, and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, Advancement Office, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA  15857, or to the Ridgway Area School District, PO Box 447, 1403 Hill Street, Ridgway, PA  15853.

The Buhite Family March 30, 2015 at 9:43 am

We are thinking and praying for all of you. Michele was such a wonderful person. We loved working with her. She was a knowledgeable and caring person. She will be missed greatly.

Gerri Nedzinski March 30, 2015 at 9:54 am

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Find comfort in the wonderful memories and loving thoughts of Michele as wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was such a kind person and I have many wonderful memories. Michele will be greatly missed. I wish I could be there.
Gerri Nedzinski

Mike Garbacz March 30, 2015 at 10:15 am

Claire & Bob,
Very sorry to hear about your sister. I’d like to offer my condolences to everyone.

Tom & Dee Wolbert March 30, 2015 at 10:47 am

I have fond memories of Michele, playing with her as a young child. My Grandmother, Choletta Eisenman Schupp and Eileen Fletcher were sisters. We are very sorry to hear of her passing.

Tom & Dee Wolbert

Calvin Guth March 30, 2015 at 10:50 am

Michele and I graduated from VCHS together. She was a classy young woman then, and she accomplished much in her career and with her family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Christine Lindberg Reid March 30, 2015 at 11:22 am


So sorry for your loss. You & your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Steve and Patti English March 30, 2015 at 11:38 am

Michele was a classmate and 2nd cousin through the Eisenman family. She was special in high school and came from a great family and has a great family. We are sorry for your loss.
Steve English, Class of 68

ECCHS Class of '68 March 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

On behalf of the ECCHS Class of 1968, we offer our condolences to Jeff and his family on the loss of Michele. Many of us only knew her through our class reunions and we always looked forward to spending time with her and Jeff. She was a classy, fun-loving honorary classmate and will be missed. Please know that for those of us who are unable to come back home at this time that our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God’s peace be with you.

Carol Longhi March 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

My deepest condolences. Michele was a lovely lady and a wonderful nurse.

Mike Spohn March 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm

So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My sincerest prayers will be with you and your family. If you ever want to talk, look me up. I promise to keep the conversation a little more grounded than in the past.
Your friend,

Pauline Gausman March 30, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Our deepest sympathy to the Spence Family. Michele was a wonderful person and will be missed. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Pauline Gausman and family

Janice Camp Schaeffer March 30, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Jeff & Family,
My deepest sympathy to you. Michele was a VC classmate and friend. She was a beautiful person both inside and out. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Diane DePhilip March 30, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Heaven received one of life’s treasures on Friday with the passing of our dear friend, Michele. Her loving and caring ways made her the wonderful person she was, as a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, nurse and friend. All of us who had the gift of having her in our lives are so much the better for it. Rest in peace dear friend!
Love you, Bob and Diane

Valerie Capane March 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Pete, Monica and children,
My Deepest Sympathies to you upon this untimely passing of your Mom. Your family will be in my prayers.

Mike and Diana Lush March 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Dear Jeff and family,
Michael and I are devastated at the loss of Michele! I’m Still in shock as I did not know she was ill. We so enjoyed your visit for the Derby and will cherish those memories. We had a lot of special people in the Class of 68, but Michele was the best! We loved her and the whole Fryburg family!
Many prayers and much love!

Bradley J. Eisenman March 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

To all of the family,

You have my Deepest Sympathies at this time, sorry I
can’t be there. I will hold on to all of my old memories
of Michele forever!


Tom and Tam Goble March 30, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Dearest Spence Family and “Fletcher” Friends,
Our hearts are saddened to hear of Michele’s passing and we send our deepest sympathy. Michele’s smile lit up the room and brought joy to those around her. May the love of Christ bring you peace, and may the love of family sustain you as you travel a new life’s journey.

Kathy Webb Myers March 30, 2015 at 10:12 pm

I was so saddened to see this, & I send my deepest condolences to all of Michele’s family. Claire & Paulette, my heart aches for you as I just lost my baby brother in January, & I wanted to let you know that my thoughts & prayers are with you as you grieve your loss. God bless you & all of your family.

Rod & Marian Lenhart March 31, 2015 at 9:25 am

Jeff and family,
We have been friends with the Fletcher family for many years. Michele was a kind person with such a wonderful smile. Remember all your good times and she will always be alive in your heart. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow.
With Our Deepest Sympathy,
Rod & Marian Lenhart
Wesley Chapel, FL

Debbie Ferringer March 31, 2015 at 9:36 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this time.
She was taken too soon. I’m so glad we got to spend time at the Cooks
Forest reunion. May God bless all.

Debbbie and Ken

Jim Arnold March 31, 2015 at 11:15 am

Jeff and family:

I was so shocked to here about Michele. I think back to our last class reunion and the good memories. Michele was a sweetheart and my heart aches for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Jim Arnold
Marietta, GA

Gennaro & Cyndi Aiello March 31, 2015 at 11:43 am

Jeff and family,
It is with great sadness that we extend our sincere sympathy on the passing of Michele. It is hard to understand why those we love are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing that she rests in the arms of Jesus. It was a pleasure working with Michele. She always wore a smile, offered a helping hand, and delighted us with her stage debut in the dinner theater. She was a delight to be around, and she was a beautiful child of God. We will miss her, and we will remember her in our thoughts, prayers, and at daily Mass.
With sympathy and friendship,
Gennaro and Cyndi Aiello

Gretchen and Jerry McFarland March 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Our deepest sympathy to Michele’s family. We have many fond memories of the Fletcher Family growing up in Fryburg. Thinking of you all.
Gretchen and Jerry McFarland

Joel Rodriguez March 31, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Our most sincere condolences to the Spence and Fletcher families for your extraordinary loss. We will continue to hold you in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you.
– Rodriguez Family

Mary Schwarz Romere March 31, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Dear Jeff and all of the Spences and Fletchers,

I was so sad to hear of Michele’s passing. Although we didn’t get to see each other as often as in our younger days, I always looked forward to seeing Michele, whose infectious smile lit up the room. Here’s a hug from an old friend and I know she certainly has some familiar company in her blessed life to come.


Rocco/Beth Petrilli March 31, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Jeff and family,

We are extremely saddened to learn of Michele’s illness and death. We will remember her smile and thoughtfulness and our wonderful time on Terrace Rd. as neighbors.

You are all in our thoughts and we will pray for you often.

Rocco, Beth, John and Alycia (Selders) Petrilli

Linda Stanish LaChance March 31, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Sincere sympathies to the Spence family. Michele was a classmate at
VC, such a very nice person. So sorry for your loss.

Jon and Lis Brown March 31, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. I was fortunate to see Michele with Paulette last summer in Michele’s Cafe in Clarion. Even though I had not seen Michele in years, she was the same beautiful, friendly, caring individual I remembered. Growing up in Fryburg was special, and Michele and the rest of the Fletcher crew are a big part of those memories. As time passes, I hope your memories of Michele will warm your hearts and take away some of the sadness.

With deepest sympathy,
Jon and Lis (Faller) Brown

Dan Werner April 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Thoughts and prayers to the Spence family.

Dan Werner

Lynne (LaBue-Emick) Bryan April 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm

I was privileged to work with Michele in labor and delivery in the Oil City Hospital. She was a special loving person and a joy to work with. I last saw her a couple of years ago at the annual OB-Nursery picnic. We will remember her this year when we meet in June.
My sincere condolences in you loss and hope that you know how much we all loved her too.

Lynne Bryan

Mary Lou (Lenovich) Culp April 3, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Jeff and Family,
My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grief. I also am a 68′ classmate of Michele’s. I last saw her at our last class reunion.
She was a super friend to all and a very classy lady. Many memories of her family and the town she grew up in I will always keep close.

With smpathy and love,
Bob & MaryLou(Lenovich) Culp

Linda McGraw Poust April 4, 2015 at 1:08 am

Jeff and Family,

My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Michele and I were classmates and friends at VCHS . Such fun we had in our cheerleading years, such good memories. Laugh, oh we could laugh. Michele was a caring and compassionate nurse, most of all a loving wife, mother and grandmother. What accomplishments she had! My prayers are with you. She was a beautiful person.

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