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 Frances Geil <I>Bross</I> Newell

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Frances Geil Bross Newell

Birth
Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, USA
Death
18 Dec 1996 (aged 86)
Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, USA
Burial
Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, USA
Plot
Block 77, Lot 5, Grave 7
Memorial ID
111699684 View Source

wife of Lt. Colonel Donald F. Newell, mother of Lee B. Newell

Frances Geil (Bross) Sprecher, 86

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Congregational Church in Blair for Frances Geil Sprecher, 86 of Blair, who died Dec. 18, 1996, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair. Burial will be in the Blair cemetery.

Frances Geil Sprecher was born Aug. 7, 1910, in Blair to Jacob and Fannie (Rodman) Bross. She graduated from Blair High School and attended Dana College, the University of Nebraska, the University of Colorado and the University of Kansas.

She taught first grade in the Blair Schools for 11 years.

In 1931, she married Donald F. Newell, who was born at Syracuse, Nebr. Nov. 21, 1911, to Rev. Arthur Frost and Alice Bross Newell. He attended Blair High School and the University of Oklahoma.

After college he worked for Phillips Petroleum as a microscopic paleontologist. He served with the U.S. Army in the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific from 1941 to Dec. 7, 1944, when he was killed in action. A Lt. Colonel with the First Calvary, he was awarded the bronze star.

She later married Dwight Sprecher, a civil engineer with Ceco Steel Co. He preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Lee.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Harold Williamsen of Blair; a daughter-in-law, Ila Jean Newell of Omaha; grandsons and their spouses, Mark and Mary Williamsen, Gary and Cathy Williamsen and Mike and Roxanne Williamsen; great-grandchildren; Kori Williamsen, Kodi Williamsen, Melissa Williamsen and Derek Williamsen; a step-son and his wife, Newell and Peggy Sprecher of St. Cloud, Minn.; step-grandchildren, Pamela and her spouse, Mark Winfeldt and Scott Sprecher and three step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the Blair Public Library or Blair’s Hospice Program.

Campbell-Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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the following bio is from an obituary kindly provided by FindaGrave volunteer Sheila #47702527 Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Public Library, Blair, Nebraska ; appreciation to FindaGrave volunteer Sheila 47702527 Note: FindaGrave guidelines recommend that the last name on FindaGrave memorials be the name on the tombstone, not the actual legal last name due to remarriage. Appreciation to FindaGrave volunteer Willie Dee (#47334679) for helping in this clarification
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wife of Lt. Colonel Donald F. Newell, mother of Lee B. Newell

Frances Geil (Bross) Sprecher, 86

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Congregational Church in Blair for Frances Geil Sprecher, 86 of Blair, who died Dec. 18, 1996, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair. Burial will be in the Blair cemetery.

Frances Geil Sprecher was born Aug. 7, 1910, in Blair to Jacob and Fannie (Rodman) Bross. She graduated from Blair High School and attended Dana College, the University of Nebraska, the University of Colorado and the University of Kansas.

She taught first grade in the Blair Schools for 11 years.

In 1931, she married Donald F. Newell, who was born at Syracuse, Nebr. Nov. 21, 1911, to Rev. Arthur Frost and Alice Bross Newell. He attended Blair High School and the University of Oklahoma.

After college he worked for Phillips Petroleum as a microscopic paleontologist. He served with the U.S. Army in the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific from 1941 to Dec. 7, 1944, when he was killed in action. A Lt. Colonel with the First Calvary, he was awarded the bronze star.

She later married Dwight Sprecher, a civil engineer with Ceco Steel Co. He preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Lee.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Harold Williamsen of Blair; a daughter-in-law, Ila Jean Newell of Omaha; grandsons and their spouses, Mark and Mary Williamsen, Gary and Cathy Williamsen and Mike and Roxanne Williamsen; great-grandchildren; Kori Williamsen, Kodi Williamsen, Melissa Williamsen and Derek Williamsen; a step-son and his wife, Newell and Peggy Sprecher of St. Cloud, Minn.; step-grandchildren, Pamela and her spouse, Mark Winfeldt and Scott Sprecher and three step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the Blair Public Library or Blair’s Hospice Program.

Campbell-Aman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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the following bio is from an obituary kindly provided by FindaGrave volunteer Sheila #47702527 Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Public Library, Blair, Nebraska ; appreciation to FindaGrave volunteer Sheila 47702527 Note: FindaGrave guidelines recommend that the last name on FindaGrave memorials be the name on the tombstone, not the actual legal last name due to remarriage. Appreciation to FindaGrave volunteer Willie Dee (#47334679) for helping in this clarification
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