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YORK — Mary Delia “Dee” Spanjers, 85, of York, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at York.

She was born July 14, 1932, in Oelwein, Iowa, to Howard Lee and Hazel Marie (O’Brien) Cross. On Nov. 27, 1954, she was married to Peter J. Spanjers at Oelwein, Iowa. She worked for the Schuyler Sun newspaper, and as a para-educator for York Public Schools.

Dee was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the St. Joseph Altar Society and York General Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing cards and belonged to several bridge clubs. Dee loved reading, quilting, crossword puzzles, golfing, traveling and antiquing, but the joy of her life was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Lorie Spanjers and Rick Pieper of Fort Dodge, Iowa; son, Matt and Ann Spanjers of York; and daughters, Leanne and Steve Wiemer of York, Jan and Bob McNally of Raymond and Jodee and Chad Leach of Lincoln. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andrew Spanjers of Omaha, Jake Spanjers of San Diego, California, Steven and Brittney Wiemer of Rochester, Minnesota, Jared Wiemer of Newman Grove, Katie McNally of Oak Harbor, Washington, Maggie McNally of Chicago, Illinois, Philip McNally of Youngstown, Ohio, and Michael McNally, Peter McNally, Erin Leach and Matthew Leach, all of Lincoln; great-grandchildren, Lydia and Levi Wiemer of Rochester Minnesota; brother-in-law, Ed Hieb, of Marion, Iowa; sister-in-law, Mary Cross of Oelwein, Iowa; and brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Ruth Spanjers of Bayside, Texas.

Dee was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother John Cross and sister Kay Hieb.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York with the Rev. Monsignor James Reinert officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in York.

Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.

Condolences may be left for the family at

Metz Mortuary of York handled the arrangements.


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