Gertrude Eleanor Spaeder

August 29th, 1928 - December 1st, 2018

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          Gertrude Eleanor Spaeder, age 90, entered eternal life on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

          Gert was affectionately known to her family and friends as GThree (Great-Grandma Gert).  GThree loved her home at 27th and Liberty Street where she lived for nearly six decades before spending her last two years at Fairview Manor nursing home.

          GThree loved to do all kinds of puzzles, loved reading and going to the library, and attend prayer meetings to pray for the needs of others.  She was a member of the Twin Mothers Club, St. Mark’s Auxiliary, Golden Hearts, Sunshine Group of Erie and the Silver Sneakers at the Glenwood Y.

          Gert was a eucharistic minister at St. Peter’s Cathedral for 22 years, distributing communion for many, many years at the 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning mass.  She was also a eucharistic minister at St. Vincent Hospital for 12 years.

          GThree was the last surviving sibling of her family and was preceded in death by: sisters, Carrie Kalista, Sophie “Sal” Wojtecki, Theresa Wojslaw, Helen Wodecki; brothers, Stanley Wasielewski, Chester Wasielewski, and Richard “Dick” Wasielewski; as well as her beloved great-granddaughter, Alyssa O’Neill on September 4, 2013.

          Gert leaves behind her children, Michael Lyon, wife Debbi, Patrick Lyon, wife Mary, Christine “Tina” Proper, husband Larry all of Erie, Karen Lightbown, husband Bill, Jim Spaeder, wife Kelley both of St. Simon’s Island, GA, Jerry Spaeder and John Spaeder both of Erie; grandchildren, Sarah O’Neill, Rachel Cacchione, Jeff Lyon, Alicia Lyon, Alex Lyon, Jeremy Spaeder, and Cheyenne Spaeder; great-grandchildren, Ava O’Neill, Ansley O’Neill, Jace O’Neill, Eli Cacchione, Remi Cacchione, Arkham Lyon, and Sawyer Grace Lyon.

          Gert’s family would like to extend their appreciation to the great staff at Fairview Manor and everyone at AseraCare Hospice for their support and loving care of GThree over the past two years.

          Friends may call on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th St. at Greengarden Blvd.  Services will be held there on Thursday at 9:30 am followed by a funeral mass at Sacred Heart Church at 10 am.  Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

          Memorials may be made to the Sunshine Group of Erie, 2701 French St., Erie, PA  16504, the Erie County Public Library System, 160 E. Front St., Erie, PA  16507 or the AJO Forever Foundation, 1062 Brown Ave., Suite 500, Erie, PA 16502.  Condolences may be expressed at www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.