Elizabeth C Spang obituary 1924~2022


Elizabeth C Spang “Betty Claire” (Voeste) was born March 26, 1924 in Hanover Green, Luzerne County, PA to Edward A. Voeste and Olga A. (Hankey) Voeste.

She died peacefully on January 12, 2022 at Menno Haven, Chambersburg, PA. She married Donald F. Spang in 1946. He died on April 20, 2020.

She graduated from Muhlenberg Township High School in 1941 and from Albright College in 1945. Her BA degree was in English, Social Studies, German and Spanish. She taught English and German in 1945-46 at Ephrata High School (Lancaster County), Ephrata, PA. She returned to teaching in 1963 as a substitute teacher working primarily at Wyomissing Area High School. She also substituted at Reading High School and Schuylkill Valley High School. She retired from substitute teaching after a career of over 40 years.

At Albright she was a member of the Pi Alpha Tau Sorority and became President in her senior year. Upon graduation in 1945, she was inducted into the Phi Delta Sigma Honorary Alumnae Sorority and later served as its President. She was also past President of the Albright College Alumni Association.

She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church and served as the assistant superintendent of the Nursery Department of the Sunday School for approximately 20 years, beginning in 1950. She was a member of the Women of Atonement, having once served as its President and a member of the Hannah Circle.

She was a world traveler and after retirement spent 15 winters in Nice, France on the French Riviera, where she became a devotee of opera and the arts. She was a member there of Holy Trinity Church and studied French at the Alliance Francais de Nice.

She is survived by six children, two sons: David Frederick Spang, Esq., Chambersburg, PA and Christopher Alfred Spang, Esq. Bradenton, FL, and four daughters: Elizabeth Rebecca (Spang) Bittler, Bradenton, FL, Deborah Victoria (Spang) Zelnick, Bonita Springs, FL, Alexandra Catherine (Spang) Minarik, Williamsburg, VA, and Abigail Johanna (Spang) Hemmerich-Wartluft, Wyomissing, PA. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Private Graveside services will be held at Laureldale Cemetery, Reading, PA.

A Celebration of Life service will follow on a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Atonement Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 5 Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19610 or to Menno Haven Memory Houses, Attn: Chuck Nelson, 300 Ridgeview, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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