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Loretta Irene Speese

May 6, 1919 January 7, 2019
Loretta Irene Speese
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Obituary for Loretta Irene Speese

Loretta Irene Speese, age 99 of Flushing, formerly of Gowen, died Monday, January 7, 2019 at Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc.  She was born May 6, 1919 in Dansville, the daughter of Ira and Evelyn (Karn) Garrison.  Loretta lived through the Great Depression, and was a “Rosie the Riveter” at the bomber plant during World War II.  She also owned and operated a family restaurant in Lakeview.  She was a longtime member of Spencer Mills Orthodox Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School and was active in many ways.  She was also an avid quilter.  She retired after 16 years as the Postmaster of the Gowen United States Post Office.  Loretta was the matriarch of the family, a dear woman who showed everyone kindness.  She taught her family so much about the goodness in life, will be forever remembered by all those who loved her.  Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Speese; son, Fritz Speese; granddaughter, Mindi Speese; brother, Russell Garrison; and sisters, Lorraine Langham and Maxine Metterman.  She is survived by her children, Carla (Ron) Clock, Karen (Al) Thorington, Candace Speese, Connie (Robert) Condra, and Greg (Audriana) Speese; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Avis Glenn and Leatha Smith; and many other relatives and friends.  Memorial services will be held at 12:00 pm Friday, January 11, 2019 at Spencer Mills Church, with visitation from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm prior to the service.  Rev. Alan Flowers will serve as officiant.  Private interment will be in East Montcalm Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be given to Opportunities for Kids Success through the Greenville Public Schools.


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Visitation

Friday

11

Jan

11:00 AM 1/11/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
Spencer Mills Church

12710 17 Mile Rd.
Gowen, MI 49326

Spencer Mills Church
12710 17 Mile Rd. Gowen 49326 MI
United States

Service

Friday

11

Jan

12:00 PM 1/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
Spencer Mills Church

12710 17 Mile Rd.
Gowen, MI 49326

Spencer Mills Church
12710 17 Mile Rd. Gowen 49326 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

East Montcalm Cemetery Final Resting Place

4600 South Greenville Road
Greenville, MI 48838

4600 South Greenville Road Greenville 48838 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Greenville Public Schools

Opportunities for Success
1414 Chase St.
Greenville, MI 48838
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