OBITUARY

Patricia Anne Spellacy

January 19, 1935April 2, 2021

Patricia Anne Spellacy (Gaynor), age 86, passed away on April 2, 2021. Pat was born on January 19, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois as the only child to Irving and Nora (Tully) Gaynor.

Pat graduated high school from St. Casimir Academy, Chicago. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Chicago Teacher’s College, she went on to teach at Chicago Public Schools. In 1956, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Francis Spellacy, and soon moved to Indianapolis in 1964 where together they raised their nine children.

As a young girl growing up on the south side of Chicago, Pat took Irish dance lessons every Saturday where her passion and pride for her Irish heritage flourished. In keeping with her love for Irish culture, Pat soon found herself teaching Irish dance in the basement of St. Michael’s church where the Irish Dancers of Indianapolis originated. As the dance school grew, Pat recruited Michael Flatley, before his fame, to come to Indianapolis from Chicago to teach Irish dance on Saturdays. Pat can be credited with bringing Irish dancing to Indianapolis where she is well known in the Irish community.

As active members of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Pat served as the President of the Women’s Club, member of the Parish Council and President of the Indianapolis Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Board. In recognition of her many years of sustained service to youth, she was honored with the Monsignor Albert Busald Award and the St. John Bosco Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a volunteer by the CYO. The Spellacy family was chosen by the Knights of Columbus as its Family of the Month because of their inspiration to their parish, community, and council.

Pat’s greatest source of pride and joy however is her family. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who created a legacy with family traditions that will be fondly remembered and cherished. She taught us that nothing is more important than family. She is our beloved Matriarch.

Her big smile, optimistic disposition and sincere interest in others made her a pleasure to be around. Her advice was sought and we listened. She will be forever missed by her nine children, Kerry Bender (Mark), Kevin (Alma Noreika), Kathleen Scaletty, Patrick, Colleen Cline (Mark), Mary Clare, Shawn (Allison Parker), Daniel, and Meghan MacKelly (Matthew).

Grandma was immensely proud of her grandchildren whom she cheered onto many victories. She was the biggest fan of Joseph and Michael Bender; Samantha and Anna Spellacy; James (Meghan Wiggs), Erin, Lauren, Lindsay and Liam Scaletty; Emily, Matthew, Caroline, and Catherine Cline; Peyton and Parker Spellacy; and Colin and Nora MacKelly—all of whom adore her.

Pat is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Francis Spellacy and their two children, Thomas and Patricia.

The funeral service will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, with visitation at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street on Friday, April 9, from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CYO or to St. Michael’s.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Paul O'Connor

April 10, 2021

Very sorry to hear of the loss for the family. Just this week I was down at Our Lady of Peace visiting mom; once again, the O'Connors and Spellacys are neighbors as we are in the same mausoleum (mom and dad are outside). So long ago, I cannot remember being in the house very often; but I remember the feeling, and it was nothing short of an extension of family. I had forgotten how much she had done, what a great life and legacy.

Dee Ann Scharfenberger

April 10, 2021

To the Spellacy Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Pat, Tom and Jim can now joke with each other in heaven. We hold many great memories and fun times.
Love From the Scharfenberger Family
Dee Ann

JOHN DEFABIS

April 9, 2021

To the entire GREAT Spellacy Family,
Sincerest condolences to all of you.
Pat was and always will be a LEGEND !!
A legendary member of St. Michael, the CYO, the Irish community, and the westside of Indy.
I can speak on behalf of the whole DeFabis Family when I say we are deeply sorry for your loss and we warmly remember her contagious smile and loving welcomes whenever we rode our bikes over to your house or shared holiday and graduation parties (lots of those between our combined 15 kids). Take some comfort that now Pat, Tom, Ernie, and Gerry are together again and I'm sure catching up and having lots of laughs like always.

With Much sympathy and love,
the DeFabis Family

Joe Pfennig

April 9, 2021

To all those Spellacy kids,

Your mom and grandma was simply the best. Her love, joy, and energy made those "growing up" years at Saint Michael's fun for so many of us. We could always count on her cheers of support and welcoming smile!

Our heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

Joe Pfennig and all those Saint Michael's kids.

Angie Cathcart

April 6, 2021

Spellacy Family, your mother was kind, sweet, funny with a beautiful smile. She is at peace and reunited with your father. Cherish the wonderful memories. She will never be forgotten and will continue to dance in heaven. Love and prayers to you all.

Laura Bender

April 6, 2021

I'll always remember the kindness of Mrs Spellacy & her infectious smile.!
She always made the Bender family feel right at home when we would visit.
We celebrate your life!!! You will be missed.
Much love to all the Spellacy family....

Beatrice Drics-Bursten

April 6, 2021

Kerry, Kathy and Kevin:

St. Michael's has lost another irreplaceable gem. The few times that I did run into your mom outside of St. Mike's, our conversations were always fun and I left all the happier. What a bundle of energy and perpetual smiles! My mother also vey much enjoyed talking with your mom as they would usually see each other at the old Ayres warehouse sales. My deepest sympathies and condolences to your entire family.

Laura Chambers

April 6, 2021

Mary Clare, Colleen and entire Spellacy family,

I share my condolences at the passing of your sweet mom! To have had the big family that you all have, to have the joy that comes forth and to have lived as long and as well as she did speaks to the strength, patience, and grace she possessed. I am so sorry, MC!! I love you, my friend! My thoughts and prayers abound! Laura (Cohie) Chambers

Robert & Mary Mohr

April 6, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Spellacy family at the loss of your mother and grandmother. Pat was such a beautiful person, so kind and caring. We remember all the good times we with shared with Pat and Tom. May God's love bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Bob and Mary Frances Mohr

Denis Moriarty

April 5, 2021

I'm so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful woman. Pat Spellacy was so much a part of the Irish community in Indianapolis. I extend my deep sympathy to the entire Spellacy family. Your matriarch was larger than life and I know she will be sorely missed. ~Denis Moriarty, Jr.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Patricia Anne Spellacy (Gaynor), age 86, passed away on April 2, 2021. Pat was born on January 19, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois as the only child to Irving and Nora (Tully) Gaynor.

Pat graduated high school from St. Casimir Academy, Chicago. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Chicago Teacher’s College, she went on to teach at Chicago Public Schools. In 1956, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Francis Spellacy, and soon moved to Indianapolis in 1964 where together they raised their nine children.

As a young girl growing up on the south side of Chicago, Pat took Irish dance lessons every Saturday where her passion and pride for her Irish heritage flourished. In keeping with her love for Irish culture, Pat soon found herself teaching Irish dance in the basement of St. Michael’s church where the Irish Dancers of Indianapolis originated. As the dance school grew, Pat recruited Michael Flatley, before his fame, to come to Indianapolis from Chicago to teach Irish dance on Saturdays. Pat can be credited with bringing Irish dancing to Indianapolis where she is well known in the Irish community.

As active members of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Pat served as the President of the Women’s Club, member of the Parish Council and President of the Indianapolis Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Board. In recognition of her many years of sustained service to youth, she was honored with the Monsignor Albert Busald Award and the St. John Bosco Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a volunteer by the CYO. The Spellacy family was chosen by the Knights of Columbus as its Family of the Month because of their inspiration to their parish, community, and council.

Pat’s greatest source of pride and joy however is her family. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who created a legacy with family traditions that will be fondly remembered and cherished. She taught us that nothing is more important than family. She is our beloved Matriarch.

Her big smile, optimistic disposition and sincere interest in others made her a pleasure to be around. Her advice was sought and we listened. She will be forever missed by her nine children, Kerry Bender (Mark), Kevin (Alma Noreika), Kathleen Scaletty, Patrick, Colleen Cline (Mark), Mary Clare, Shawn (Allison Parker), Daniel, and Meghan MacKelly (Matthew).

Grandma was immensely proud of her grandchildren whom she cheered onto many victories. She was the biggest fan of Joseph and Michael Bender; Samantha and Anna Spellacy; James (Meghan Wiggs), Erin, Lauren, Lindsay and Liam Scaletty; Emily, Matthew, Caroline, and Catherine Cline; Peyton and Parker Spellacy; and Colin and Nora MacKelly—all of whom adore her.

Pat is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Francis Spellacy and their two children, Thomas and Patricia.

The funeral service will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, with visitation at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th Street on Friday, April 9, from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the CYO or to St. Michael’s.