Katharine Spomer


(Oct. 6, 2007)

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 6 at Hope Lutheran Church for Katharine Spomer, who died Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Powell Valley Care Center.

She was born Sept. 26, 1914, in Melrose Park, Ill., daughter of Gottfried and Sophie Fink Miller.  She married Ben Spomer on Oct. 31, 1936, and they lived in Wyoming at Kane, Sunlight, Deaver and Powell.

Katharine’s interest in education influenced her to complete a high school degree through the GED program in 1970 at the age of 56. She additionally did some college work.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church, the North End Club, Powell Hospital Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary and Piece Corps Quilters.

She enjoyed quilting, painting, crafts and embroidery.

Survivors include sons, John (Diane) Spomer, Carl (Judi) Spomer and Dale (Joy) Spomer, all of Powell; daughters, Donna (Clem) Menning of Powell and Brenda (Bob) Ruckman of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters, Sophie Panasuk, Minnie Gams and Emily Schierkolk; brother-in-law, John Fink; sister-in-law, Louise Miller; 18 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

she was preceded in death by her husband, Ben; daughter, Carma Simon; son, Daniel Spomer; and two sisters and two brothers.

Pastor William Spencer officiated at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.

For those who wish, memorials to the Powell Hospital Foundation or Hope Lutheran Church would be appreciated by the family.