Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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Alumni Obituaries

Ethel Spacke

Ethel S. Spacke, 89, of Greenwood passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018. She was born on March 29, 1929 in Indianapolis. Ethel was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Herman F. Spacke who passed away in 2012.

Ethel was a teacher at Perry Township schools for 29 years, retiring in 1993. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Marian College, a Master’s degree from Butler University and a Master’s degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology. 

Devoted to their faith, Herman and Ethel were charter members of St. Barnabas Catholic Church where they were active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Ethel was also a Benedictine Oblate of Our Lady of Grace Monastery. 

Ethel is preceded in death by her sisters Mary Youngstafel and JoAnne Hollingsworth and great grandson Dylan Mathes. Survivors include sons Tom (Terri) Spacke and Jay (Becky) Spacke; daughter Sheila (fiancé Kurt Schletzer) Mathes; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.