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Connie J. Spentz, LPN, nursing instructor

March 19, 1947 – June 7, 2013

Connie J. Spentz, of Buffalo, a licensed practical nurse and nursing instructor, died unexpectedly June 7. She was 66.

Born in Coalwood, W.Va., the former Connie Williams came to Buffalo with her family as a child and was a 1965 graduate of East High School.

After receiving her LPN degree from D’Youville College, she earned a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo.

She worked for 32 years for Erie County at Erie County Medical Center and Erie Community College. At the time of her death, she was teaching nursing as an adjunct professor at UB. She was a board member of Statewide Peer Assistance for Nurses.

Active in Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church, she was director of the vacation Bible school, a primary Sunday school teacher and was founder of the church’s nurses ministry.

She also was a member of the Mass Choir and Harmonettes at the church and a member of the Floral Club. She was former supervisor of the Junior Missionary Society.

A member of the Great Lakes Baptist Association Women’s Auxiliary Ministry, she was assistant director of its Young People’s Department.

Ms. Spentz was a member of the Whistettes whist club for 45 years. She also was a seamstress and was creative with arts and crafts. She enjoyed music, reading and gardening.

Her husband of 33 years, James E., died in 2002.

Survivors include four daughters, Janelle, Vanessa, LaVita and Jonette Spentz-Jackson; and three sons, Jason, the Rev. Lavell Pompey and Lamont.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today in Humboldt Parkway Baptist Church, 790 Humboldt Parkway.

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