Kathleen R. Spess 1945-2018

VIENNA — Kathleen R. Spess, 72, of Vienna, passed away Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Kathy was born July 5, 1945, in Ashtabula, a daughter of John and Mary Ann Melago DePascale.

Kathy graduated from Youngstown State University with a BSN degree and had worked for St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Joseph Warren Hospital and retired as a school nurse for Niles City Schools.

She was a member of St. Thomas The Apostle Church in Vienna.

In her younger days, Kathy enjoyed playing softball, tennis and bowling. Though perhaps not an actual hobby, Kathy was a fantastic cook who made every holiday and family event a gourmet experience. She enjoyed going to the casino with her husband, was an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes football team and the Cleveland Indians. Most of all Kathy loved spending time with her family and especially the grandchildren.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Victor J. Spess, whom she married Aug. 20, 1966; her son, LTC David (Emily) Spess of Seattle; her daughter, Gina (Duke) Hunt of Annapolis, Md.; her grandchildren, Victoria, Katie, August and Connor; and her brother, Bart (Erin) DePascale of Okiatie, S.C.

Besides her parents, Kathy was preceded in death by her infant sister, Mary Ann DePascale.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at St. Thomas The Apostle Church. The family will receive relatives and friends 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard and also 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Flowers will be gratefully accepted, however if friends and family would prefer, material contributions be made to: www.uhhospitals.org/seidman/about/give-to-uh-seidman.

Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.

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