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Nancy Spaeth

February 4, 1925 — January 8, 2016

Ann (Nancy) H. Spaeth Nancy Spaeth died peacefully surrounded by her family on January 8, 2016 at the age of 90. She was born Ann Shirley Hunter in Philadelphia on February 4, 1925 to Judge David G. Hunter and Mabel H. Hunter. She graduated from Germantown High School in 1942, and from Duke University in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. She worked for 25 years at the former Smith, Kline & French Laboratories in Philadelphia as an information scientist in Research and Development. Along with her family, Nancy spent summers in Eagles Mere from 1940 through the present, and worked as a teenaged life guard at the beach for several early summers. Nancy was a long-time member of Eagles Mere Country Club, where she played golf every year for the past 75 years. She was also a former member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club and The Golf Club at Bluewater Bay. She loved golf and gardening, was an avid birder, traveled extensively around the world, and led a full life. In 1976, Nancy married the late Dr. Philip G. Spaeth, a Philadelphia ophthalmologist. She and Phil built a summer home together in Eagles Mere, and later, a home in Niceville, Florida where they spent the winter months. Following her husband’s passing in 2006, Nancy moved to Port Orange, Florida to be closer to her family. Nancy was predeceased by sisters Margaret Schaller and Dr. Elizabeth Szybalski. She is survived by nephews David Schaller (Meg) and Stefan Hunter; niece Barbara Hunter-Sandor (Larry); great niece Dr. Emily Schaller (Dr. David Lamb); stepdaughter Merrie Spaeth; stepson Dr. Daniel Spaeth; grandson Philip Lezar (Megan) and granddaughter Maverick Lezar. Nancy was beloved by her family and friends, and will be dearly missed. Services will be private and memorials in her memory can be sent to the Eagles Mere charities of your choice. To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Nancy Spaeth, please visit our flower store.


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