Lois A. Murphy Spanich, 71, of Erie, IL, died Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at the Resthave Home, Morrison, IL.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 pm Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Gibson – Bode Funeral Home, Erie. Graveside services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, December 13th at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service will need to meet at the funeral home in Erie by 10:00 on the 13th. Memorials may be made to the Erie Ambulance Service.
Lois was born February 11, 1950 in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Leroy “Bud” and Millie (Hansen) Mortensen. She married Michael Spanich on September 24, 1999 in Rome, New York. He preceded her in death on April 12, 2007. Lois loved her work as a beautician at Alpine Hair Fashions in Bettendorf. After many years she made a career change and went back to school to became a respiratory therapist. She worked for the Genesis Hospitals in Davenport until her stroke in 2006.
Lois loved coaching her girls in Dad’s Club Softball. She also volunteered her time as the league coordinator for the dad’s club softball association. The game of baseball was a huge part of her life. She was also a diehard Cubs fan. She was a member of 4H growing up. She loved being outdoors and camping with her family and friends.
Lois is survived by her children, Tiffany (Travis) Cox, Erie, Todd (Nichole) Murphy, Prophetstown, IL, Amy (Andrew) Kuchis, Davenport, Sarah Spanich (Dan Micklewright), Davenport; special friend, Tammy Cady, Erie; grandchildren, Madlyn, Kelsey, Kylie, Dane, Chase; siblings, Mary Mortensen, Bill (Joyce) Mortensen, Sue (Don) Floyd, and Betty Nelsen (Marv). She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mike; and brother, Leroy Mortensen.
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