Andrea M. Spears
Andrea Margaret Spears, 73, Custer, a retired school
teacher, died Thursday, March 24, 2016, at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at
Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point.
Visitation will be at the funeral chapel from 4 to 8 p.m.
Friday, April 1, and again from 10 a.m. Saturday until the services.
Donations to a local hospice or to the Central Rivers
Farmshed (secure.donationpay.org/farmshed) are encouraged.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mrs. Spears was born Oct. 5, 1943, the third of four
daughters to Amel and Catherine (Novitski) Bannach of Custer. She graduated
from Maria High School in 1961.
She earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in
education and a second master’s degree in environmental education from the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP).
In the early 1960s, she lived in Southern California, where
she met her future husband.
She was married to William “Bill” Spears July 8, 1967.
Her teaching career began at Pitt School in Wisconsin
Rapids. She taught math and English at Benjamin Franklin Junior High School,
and she also taught at nearly every elementary school in the Stevens Point Area
Public School District. She spent most of her teaching career at Plover-Whiting
School teaching sixth grade. She retired in 2003. During her tenure at both
Madison and Plover-Whiting schools, she developed school nature trails and
gardens with the help of her students and children. She also once headed the
negotiating committee for the Stevens Point Area Education Association.
After retirement she taught education classes at UWSP and
drove charter and school buses. She later taught at Head Start in Waupaca and
worked as a nanny for a number of families.
She volunteered at The Central Rivers Farmshed and she
recruited other volunteers.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, William Spears; one
son Matthew (Nate) Spears, Ann Arbor, Mich.; one daughter, Lea Spears (Sayer),
Custer; three sisters, Barbara (Mark) Mader, Gresham, Judith (David) Peplinski,
Custer, and Peggy (Michael) Elliott, Rome, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews.