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Ellen Eileen Spangenburg

May 6, 2019


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Ellen Eileen Spangenburg

May 6, 2019


Ellen Eileen Spangenburg, 75, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Monday in Residential Hospice at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.


She was born in Wilkes-Barre, a daughter of the late Francis and Margaret Dunleavy Connell.  Eileen was a 1961 graduate of St. Mary’s High School and a 1965 graduate of College Misericordia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in music education.


Eileen was formerly employed as a music teacher in Baltimore County, MD and as a substitute teacher for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.  She served for many years as an organist for several local churches, including, St. Patrick’s Church, St. Boniface Church, Holy Saviour Church, all of Wilkes-Barre, and St. Faustina’s Parish in Nanticoke.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, John M. (Jack) Spangenburg in 2011 and by her grandson, Aiden James Spangenburg.  She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Frances Connell, Peggy Collett, Anne (Nancy) Jaske, Joan Ferraro and Mary Patricia Gelsleichter.


Surviving are her sons, John Spangenburg and his wife, Lynese, Aston, PA and  Mark Spangenburg and his wife, Aimee, Barnsville, OH; grandchildren, Ethan, Tate, Ashlyn and Adalyn Spangenburg; sisters, Maureen Connell, Hughestown and Judy Gelsleichter, Wilkes-Barre; and by numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.


Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 9:30am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 am in St. Andrew’s Parish, 316 Parish Street, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Friends may call on Thursday from 4 – 7 pm at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew’s Parish, 316 Parrish Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702 or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Eileen’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.