Lucille "Lucie" T. Speicher

May 28, 1936October 29, 2018

Lucille “Lucie” Speicher, age 82 of Okemos, died on October 29, 2018. She was born in North Branch, Mich. on May 28, 1936 to Michael and Mary (Robinet) Weingartz.

Lucie was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in East Lansing for over 28 years and a founding member of St. Martha Catholic Church in Okemos. She was active in numerous ministries throughout.

Lucie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Service to family and friends was her fulltime, embraced vocation. As a woman of deep faith she was truly blessed by her faith communities and prayer groups, ministering by her words and witness. Her children are eternally grateful for their parents’ deposit of their Catholic faith.

Proud of her farm girl and thumb of Michigan heritage, Lucie cherished the outdoors. In retirement, she and John built up an oasis known as the “Acres,” reveling in open skies, countless gardens and sunsets.

Preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, John (2008); son, Paul (2004); brothers, Eugene Weingartz, Bernard Weingartz, Joseph Weingartz and George Weingartz and sisters, Evangeline Doneth, Doris Nellenbach and Ruth Ann Nellenbach, Lucie is survived by her sons, Rev. David J. Speicher and Kevin J. (Mary) Speicher; daughters, Mary C. Speicher, Ann L. (William) Stamp and Jeanne M. (James) Klaes; daughter-in-law, Shannon Speicher; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing, Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Rosary at 3:30 p.m. and a Scripture Service at 7 p.m.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Martha Catholic Church, 1100 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos 48864, Monday at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.

Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lansing.

Memorials may be made to St. Martha Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Martha

Memories and condolences may be shared at


  • Kevin Speicher
  • Jim Klaes
  • Bill Stamp
  • Justin Stamp
  • Ian Klaes
  • Benjamin Stamp

  • St. Martha Catholic Church
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society @ St. Martha


  • Visitation Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Rosary Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Visitation Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Scripture Service Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Continued Visitation Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, November 5, 2018

Lucille "Lucie" T. Speicher

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Jacqueline Fortier

November 6, 2018

Lucie is one of those beautiful people who come into your life and leave a loving imprint on your heart. We met at a women’s bible study about twelve years ago. I was just starting to immerse myself in my Catholic Faith. Oh, how I was blessed with Lucie’s Wisdom!
Lucie introduced me the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This devotion is precious to me. I say The rosary and the Chaplet everyday and it always envelopes me in peace.
I know Lucie is finally home resting in her loving Father’s Arms. Goodbye dear friend. You will always be in my heart. Hugs, Jackie Fortier

Mary Jo Thayer

November 3, 2018

Dear Speicher Family,

John and Lucie were two of the first people John and I met at St. Martha. We admired their faith and their great involvement in the church. While we were homeschooling our children, we enjoyed seeing them at daily mass and praying the rosary with them. We soon discovered that we lived quite near one another.

When I began the Women's Study Group, Lucie was one of the first to sign up, even though she was beginning to realize more daily care was needed for John. She often said the group was a lifeline for her. But it was she who was a lifeline for all us young mothers! Her silky voice was a constant reassurance that we would all survive childrearing. One of my favorite quotes: "Girls, girls, God uses it all. Go to confession and don't look back." And another: "Duty of the moment, dear."

During a very difficult year in my life, I often turned to Lucie for guidance and reassurance. I would stop by your parents' house, and the door would swing wide as Lucie ushered me in. She spoke words of compassion, faith and confidence to me, and I would leave feeling like I could carry any cross God allowed me.

Lucie was one of the greatest spiritual mothers I ever had. I will always remember her with a great and tender love. She was an excellent witness of faith, carrying her own heavy crosses with her eyes always toward heaven. She taught me so much and mirrored the love of the Blessed Mother.

Sincere condolences and prayers for your family. May you recall many happy memories amid the tears that might fall. She loved each of you with her whole heart.

May the angels welcome her! May she be bathed in the eternal light of Christ. And May God send angels of mercy to comfort your family.

judy andersen

November 1, 2018

To all the precious people in Lucie Speicher's family,

Lucie was one of my heroines. Her beauty absolutely shone from within as well as without. Her kindness was unbounded, and her love of family unparalleled. The Andersen family had so many wonderful interactions with the Speicher Group, it would be difficult to count the number and ways our lives were intertwined. Of special memory were the following: Finding Annie, Jeanie, and Mary outside our garage door in Okemos on a particularly cold winter morning, waiting, unknown to the Andersens, to be invited in. I'm certain they knocked, but we just didn't hear them, and there they stood patiently waiting. (My heart still aches a bit over this.) Then, it was all the many outings Lucie and I enjoyed together - from our antique forays to the first visit we made to Bronner's on a particularly beautiful day in late fall, walking in and hearing the lovely strains of "Silent Night, Holy Night". Lucie's admonition to "Remember the Spooner" still comes to mind, recalling a long hunt for said spooner, only to find just the right one, unexpectedly, at a ridiculously low price. And never to be forgotten will be sweet Kevin's trying earnestly to sell me part of his rock collection. With those beautiful eyes, who could resist! And, finally, it would be the memory of John, on a Boy Scout outing, making the most of a meal of uncooked beans. When all seemed lost, John began, "I'm going to make myself a sandwich. First, It will have fried chicken, then a good slice of cheese, and, finally, lettuce. Um-UMMM! Does it taste good!" Whereupon, every scout "made' themselves a sandwich using invisible ingredients. Don't know if the beans ever finished cooking, but John certainly saved the day. As I said, there really are too many wonderful memories. We cherish every one and each member of this remarkable family. We wish you Peace and keep the light shining.

Barb and Bill Dean

November 1, 2018

To Lucie's children (David, Mary, Annie, Jeannie, Kev ) and your families -- Bill and I want you to know how much we loved your mom (and your dad) and while we are sad to learn of her passing we also know this is a time of great joy as she is united with her God, with your dad and with Paul. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers in these days ahead and we will be with you in spirit as you celebrate your mom's life. Special blessings to each of you. Barb and Bill Dean

Lucinda Doneth

November 1, 2018

Aunt Lucy: One of the most beautiful ladies inside and out to touch so many lives ! When I think of her I hear her sweet voice. My sincere sympathies and prayers to the family.