Louis J. Spettel

September 16, 1931September 22, 2013

Louis J. Spettel, 82, of Oneonta, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.

He was born on September 16, 1931 in Mineola the son of Louis H. and Madeline K. (Gesell) Spettel. He married Mary Giglio on May 5, 1957.

Louie served in the US Navy, aboard the USS Rankin and the USS Coral Sea during the Korean War.

For more than 50 years, Louie was a local painting contractor.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and a former member of BPOE 1312.

Louie loved to hunt and bowl. He took great pleasure in frequenting several of the area casinos, as well as gardening and bird watching.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Spettel of Oneonta; his children, Stephen Spettel and his wife, Kelly of Mt. Vision, Margaret Barker and her husband, Bill of Mt. Vision; four grandchildren, Corey and Ian Spettel, and Cassidy and Christopher Barker, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Scott VanDerveer, associate pastor of St. Mary’s Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6 to 8pm at which time the family will be in attendance.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Charles Gesell

September 27, 2013

Mary, Steve and Margie. I was stunned when I heard of Louis's passing. All the memories came flooding back. When we were young he was my hero. He was such a good man, loved and respected. I know he is in the arms of Christ. In my prayers and thoughts, all of you..........

Cousin Charles Gesell

walt schmitt

September 26, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Lou will be missed by all who knew him.

Jody Zintel

September 26, 2013

Mary, Steve, and Margie. I am so sorry to hear about Louie. I have a lot of good memories of him and your whole family. Those memories you all have should keep you smiling for years to come. He will be missed by many. Hugs to all

CW Fox

September 26, 2013

To the Spettel Family. My deepest sympathies. Lou did painting for both my parents and my own family over the years. He always had a smile and seemed to love what he did. That has to be a joy in itself.

CW Fox, Col USAF (Ret)

William Irons

September 26, 2013

So sorry to hear of your Father's passing. My family holds you in our thoughts and prayers.

Mike and Mary Sousa

September 25, 2013

I will always rember Mr. Spettle as a good careing , hard working man who loved his family and showed it no matter what was going on !. He'll be missed by everyone who knew him ! God bless

September 25, 2013

On behalf of the Chicorelli family I wish to extend condolences in Louie's' passing. When we were younger Louie and I used to fish on his fathers property. After serving in the NAVY we lost touch but always had a moment to stop and chat when running into each other in the community. He was a good person and will be missed.......John Chic

September 25, 2013

Mary, Sorry to hear about louie,Thoughts and Prayers are with your Family Paulette Tessitore Rogers

Jim Reeks

September 25, 2013

Please except my sympathy on the passing of an old freind. Louie would often come in on the old days at Samson Decorating and have a cup of coffee and talk about life etc. He was always fun to have around and was a great person!
Good by old freind.
Jim Reeks

Nils Anderson

September 25, 2013

Our prayers are with you all. He was an awesome friend, neighbor and man. We will miss his laugh and checking in on us to make sure all was well. We always new when he came over to pet the dogs because they would be wearing his cologne afterward. We are here for you as you are always here for us. God Bless.