Oregon - Joseph “Joe” Francis Spenner
passed away peacefully on Christmas Day in Salem at the
age of 95. Joe was born on October 23, 1921 in Stayton to Francis
and Mary Spenner. He
was in the first graduating class at St. Boniface High School,
Sublimity, OR in 1940. He
lived in the Sublimity area all his life, growing up on the
family farm with three brothers William, Benjamin and Vincent.
Joe worked St.
Boniface High/grade schools as the custodian/maintenance man
for several years. He then became the
custodian/maintenance man when Regis High School opened in
1964. Joe retired from Regis in 2008 with over 50 years
of service to Catholic Schools.
Joe was not
only skilled at maintenance, he would also become a mentor for
hundreds of students, devising and helping them with various
science projects. Under his guidance, students
constructed a wide variety of projects, such as electric cars,
a telescope, parabolic reflector, hovercraft, model airplanes,
air boat, an electrostatic generator and the list goes on. At
his retirement from Regis, Joe said, "I’ll go on here
forever. I’ll always be here in spirit, at least."
In later years, Joe
traveled to India several times to assist Catholic priests in
building churches and a dispensary. He was an active volunteer
at St. Boniface and at yearly Right to Life rummage sales held
at St. Joseph’s in Salem.
Joe was preceded in
death by his parents, brothers and niece Linda Spenner. He is
survived by his nieces Pauline (Alan) MacDougall of Beaverton,
Carol Spenner of Sublimity and nephews Mark (Betsy) Spenner of
Sammamish, WA and Clem (Doris) Spenner of Salem.
Rosary will be held
at 7:00 pm on Thursday January 12th at Regis High School.
A Memorial Mass is scheduled for Friday, January 13th at
2:00 pm at St. Boniface Church in Sublimity with a reception
following the service. In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Regis
High School, St. Boniface Church or Oregon Right to Life.
Arrangements entrusted to Weddle