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May 13, 1935 – January 9, 2024
Alice Louise Lynch Spears Ondrey, 88 , passed away peacefully in the presence of her loving family on January 9th, 2024. A native of Hillsboro, Illinois, Alice was the daughter of Harland and Pauline (Henneke) Lynch. Growing up on a farm, Alice carried the spirit of rural life into her later years, cultivating a legacy of hard work, dedication, and familial warmth.
Moving to Decatur, Illinois, in her later years, Alice completed her beautiful journey surrounded by friends and family who cherished every moment spent with her.
Alice was first married and blessed with two children, Sherrie Brown (Gary) of Maroa, Illinois, and Steve Ralston (Rodney) of Onalaska, Wisconsin. Upon her second marriage to M.D. “Chuck” Spears in July of 1966, her family flourished with the addition of four stepsons, James “Jim” (Sheryl) Spears of Auburn, Illinois, David “Dave” (Barb) Spears of Chatham, Illinois, Larry “Lonz” (Cyndi) Spears of Springfield Illinois, and Tom (Lola) Spears of Nokomis Illinois. Chuck passed away in 1982, leaving her with cherished memories of their life together.
In 1985 Alice found love again with Norman P. Ondrey, adding Normans kid’s, Kelly (Michelle) Ondrey of Hillsboro and Deanna Ondrey of Witt, Illinois to the fold.
Alice is survived by all her children. A testament to her unwavering role as a matriarch and provider of endless support. Her legacy is further celebrated by her 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Sadly, one grandson and one great-grandson preceded her in death.
Her siblings, Louis “Corky” Lynch of Hillsboro Illinois, Ethel “Pud” (Earl) McKinney of Taylorville Illinois, and Danny (Bobbi) Lynch of Casselberry, Florida, will miss her deeply, as will the memories of her late brothers, Charles “Bake” Lynch and Arthur “Art” Lynch, and sister Gloria Drummond.
An active and joyful presence, Alice thoroughly relished life, making numerous lifelong friends. She and Chuck found success together in business, owning Fillmore Frozen Foods and the Spirit Pub, where Alice’s passion for pool shone brightly. Those games and championships were among the many highlights of her vibrant life.
Having moved to Decatur and eventually residing independently at Randall Residence, Alice continued to connect with others through her love for card games and other shared activities. A skilled crafter, she crocheted Afghans for each of her children and grandchild, weaving her love into every stitch. Her renowned chicken and noodles were the centerpiece of family gatherings—delicacies that will be remembered fondly.
The family expresses immense gratitude to the ER and ICU teams at Decatur Memorial Hospital, particularly Drs. Sylvester and Akiobe, nurse practitioners Courtney and Theresa, and all the staff on the 5th floor especially Dr. G Patel, nurses Annie, Susann, Paul and for her CNA Brandy for their exceptional care and comfort. Recognition is also due to Randall Residence Assisted Living for their compassionate care, and to her special friend Richard, who provided invaluable assistance and friendship to Alice and the family. If we have missed anyone please know that we appreciate everything you all did.
Special thanks are extended to Todd Dean and the team at Bass, Patton, and Dean Funeral Home Services for their support and guidance during this time.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Resurrection Parish in Illiopolis, Illinois. Visitation will precede the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church, with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Illiopolis, IL.
Alice’s memory will be cherished, and her spirit will live on through the many lives she touched with her grace, compassion, and signature zest for life.
The family ask that memorials be made to St. Elizabeth Alter Society or Calvary Cemetery.