Gloria Oakes-Speltz, 55, of Spring Grove


Gloria Oakes-Speltz

Gloria Oakes-Speltz, 55, of Spring Grove, died on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at the Speltzs’ home, with her family by her side.

She was born on May 20, 1963, to Harold and Virginia (Moen) Oakes, the youngest of seven children.

She graduated from Spring Grove Public School in 1981 and was a graduate of Winona State University.

After graduating, she was employed for 31 years at Tweeten Lutheran Health Care as the activities director, and continued to work there until she was no longer able.

She married Jon Speltz on Sept. 26, 1992, and had two children.

She was a very devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was an outgoing, smart, strong and caring woman. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in different groups and committees and was a confirmation mentor, touching the lives of many young people in her positive, faith-based way.

She was a longtime member of Scholar Dollars and the Spring Grove Public School Athletic Boosters. She was a line judge at Spring Grove volleyball games for many years. She could cook like Martha Stewart and had a gift to know when people needed her.

She is survived by her husband, Jon; son, Harrison; daughter, Makena; siblings, DuWayne (Julie) Oakes, Jerald (Pat) Oakes and Darlene Oakes; sister-in-law, Donna Oakes and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Virginia and siblings Karen, Russell and Todd Oakes. 

A funeral service for her was held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.