Gloria M. Spencer

Birth Date: 
Sunday, April 13, 1930
Date of Passing: 
Monday, December 27, 2021

Gloria M. Spencer, 91, passed away on December 27, 2021 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, with family by her side.

Gloria was born on April 13, 1930 to Anthony and Verna Munchak.  She grew up in Pennsylvania where she enjoyed helping in the family business, Wildwood Tavern.  Even after moving to Ohio, she looked forward to visiting family in Pennsylvania.

She married her true love, Max R. Spencer, on October 2, 1950 and had three children: Maxine Fockler, Marie (Ken) Smetzer, and Alan Spencer, all of Wooster.

Gloria was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who always did her best.  Her family would describe her as having a heart of gold, a kind voice, and an ornery side that always kept visits fun.

Before retiring in 1995, Gloria adored working in the children’s section of Freedlander’s Department Store.  She loved spending days feeding the squirrels and birds from her back patio, tinkering in her flower beds, and taking care of stray kittens.  She is known to family for making the best lemon meringue pies, and loved the tradition of buying personal Christmas ornaments for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  These are the treasures her family will hold onto and will bring comfort for years to come.

She is survived by her children; her grandchildren Kim (Virlen) Jarvis, Earl Fockler, Traci Smetzer, Joy Smetzer, Jamie (Josh) Smetzer, and Jessica (Chad) Kiefer; great-grandchildren Micah, Mikayla, and Malachi Jarvis, Collin and Ty Fockler, Alixandria and Oriana Smetzer, Symara, Adalyn and Hadley Kiefer; sister Irene Cook of Curwensville PA.

She was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Wooster.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brother and sister-in-law Tony (Marge) Munchak, and son-in-law Ken Smetzer.

A private family service will be held.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St. Wooster is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691.


Private family services will be held


Maxine, Marie, Alan & family - Extending our condolences during this heartbreaking time. Many years ago I was able to meet your mom and had the best time giggling and sharing stories. Max, if I remember correctly, it was the Pampered Chef party that was just us three. Peace and love be with you, friends.

Maxine, so sorry for your lost!

sorry for the lost I will miss her very much all of you guys are in our prayers and we love you all

So sorry for your loss. Worked with your mom at Freedlanders. Real good person. Ro
ss and Barb Oehling. Sorry to hear this Maxine.


My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother. May peace and comfort be with you now and through the new year.

Becky Horst, Kerri and Keagan Kostohryz

So sorry for your loss. Gloria was a regular at downtown Buehler's where I work. She was a kind and fun person to talk to! I worked back in the deli. She knew all of our names. I think I speak for all my co-workers that Gloria was one of our favorite customers! She will not be forgotten! My thoughts and prayers to the family.

She was a wonderful lady! Was my parents neighbor and was such a great person to everyone!

So sorry for your loss. It is going to be a very difficult time for the family. She was the center of your universe. I was always warmly welcomed to her home when I stopped by with Al,who she always called Hone. She always reminded me of my own mother had she lived to be Gloria's age. You are so fortunate to have had her in your lives for such a long time. Be brave and be strong just like she was. Peace will come to you.

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