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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

Judy Spanger ’64 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 16, 2014




Judy “Jude” Spangler departed this life to begin a new journey into the loving arms of her beloved family in the union of God on Friday January 10, 2014.

Judy was born December 11, 1944, to Clyde and Georgeatta (Freeman) Spangler in Toledo, Ohio.

Judy was a 1964 graduate of McAuley High School. Judy was awarded a scholarship to the University of Toledo, graduating with dual degrees of a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. During her academic pursuits, she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Kappa Pi, and Alpha Kappa Delta honorary societies. Additionally, she received academic recognition for outstanding grades by being on the Dean’s List and graduating Cum Laude.

In 1969, she pioneered for legislation that would provide ramps at curbs, and into public buildings. She was a member and supporter of the Traumatic Spinal Injury Support Group at UTMC. She was appointed to the advisory panel of the city council’s Community Planning and Development Committee, relinquishing her position once an ordinance was passed in October of 1973. During this time, an organization called Barrier Free Toledo was formed and pursued the agenda established by the city, thereby allowing her to focus on completing her studies at the University of Toledo. While an undergraduate, she also organized, what at that time was called the Physically Handicapped Students Associations of Toledo University, founded in 1969. She worked in St. Vincent’s Hospital dietary department, Greater Marketing Research of Toledo as a telephone receptionist, taught at McAuley High School, leaving to work at the Social Security Administration where she retired.

Surviving is her friend and companion, Michael Thompson of Toledo, with whom she shared a unique relationship; as well as Sharyl Hall, Joe Carnovale, Louise Ciantar – Maone, Daniel Ciantar, Assunta (Paul Beck) Greco, Maura Salerni, Sandra and Luca Greco, and Kristian Walsh. Judy was preceded in death by her beloved cousin, Leslie Szczecinski, who felt that they were like sisters; her loving parents; her nurturing and devoted grandparents, Stella and William Freeman, Sally and Clyde Spangler Sr., and her loving aunt, Lillian (Freeman) Beck, who became a second mother after the loss of her only maternal son.

Visitation will begin Monday, January 13, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, where the funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. Entombment will be at Toledo Memorial Park cemetery. Please view and sign the online guest registry at

Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 12, 2014


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