Private Funeral Service:
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 2:00pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1 Trinity Place, Greenville, PA
Rev. Brenda Martin, Pastor, officiating

Burial will be in Shenango Valley Cemetery

Dorothy G. Spence, 73, of College Ave., Greenville, passed away Friday morning March 19, 2021 while in home hospice care. She was surrounded by her loving husband and family.

She was born in Pittsburgh, PA. on November 26, 1947 to William and Dorothy (Coombs) Grosjean. In 1966, she began work as a full-time switchboard operator for Bell of PA while pursuing an undergraduate degree in mathematics and an MBA, both from the University of Pittsburgh. She was promoted numerous times at Bell Atlantic / Verizon where she retired as manager of outside-plant engineering.

Dottie was an active member of the United Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, PA where she served as an elder of the session and as the church’s representative in the presbytery. For years, she delivered food to the needy and organized the church’s voting-day spaghetti dinner and its spring flea-market fundraiser.

Dottie moved to Greenville, PA to marry Daniel Spence on Oct. 12, 2013. It was a marriage made in heaven; every day together were the happiest days of Dan’s and Dottie’s lives.

In Greenville, Dottie served as Treasurer, Program Chair, and Dining Card Co-Chair of the Greenville Kiwanis Club. She organized special events for Kiwanis such as a combined Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions Club blood drive; provided food for the Good Shepherd Center summer meal program; filled backpacks with food for elementary school children; and participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies Walk.

She is survived by her husband, Daniel F. Spence, of Greenville; two sisters Virginia Leibach and husband William of Pittsburgh and Ruth Foster and Dan Macri of Zelienople; three nephews, William Swarmer and wife Colleen, Michael Leibach, and Burt Leibach; two nieces, Tracy Sarver and husband Paul Sarver, and Laura Morse; eleven stepchildren, nine step-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her late husband John Geary and a sister Betty Grosjean.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Western Region, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.



  1. Jim Gentile Jim Gentile
    March 23, 2021    

    Dottie was a beautiful woman, she gave so much back to the Greenville community. I’ll miss her smile. Condolences to Dan & her family.

  2. Vicki Vandergrift Vicki Vandergrift
    March 24, 2021    

    It was a honor to be able to have gotten to know Dottie in the short time I was with her. Such a sweet soul. Thank you, Dan for that privilege. My prayers are with you, Ginny, and all the family. God bless.

  3. Brian Tokar Brian Tokar
    March 24, 2021    

    On behalf of Greenville Area School District, I send condolences to Dan and family. Dottie was a great supporter of Greenville students through the Kiwanis K Kids, Builders and Key Clubs. May she rest in peace.

  4. Ginny Ginny
    March 25, 2021    

    I LOVEYOU and will miss you. THANKS for all the fun times secrets,, and talks we shared,

  5. Ruth Foster Ruth Foster
    March 25, 2021    


  6. Jeanne (Baehr) Leighliter Jeanne (Baehr) Leighliter
    March 25, 2021    

    I almost cannot remember my life before I knew the Grosjean Girls.

    As a teen, I rode on the bus to high school sitting right next to Dottie every day for three years.

    Ginny, Ruthie and Dan, my heart grieves for your loss. Blessings forever to you, to Dottie and to your whole family.

    Love and Hugs ALWAYS.

    March 25, 2021    

    Such a loss to so many. Dottie will be remembered fondly by all who were lucky to get to know her. She was such an active member of the Bellevue U.P. Church for many years. It was an honor to have been a friend. Prayers and comfort to Dan and her entire family.

  8. Nancy Spence Nancy Spence
    March 26, 2021    

    Dottie, you were the best sister-in-law I could have ever asked for. I so wish we would have had more time.
    Thank you for blessing my brother’s life. You were and always will be the love of his life.

  9. Julia melvin Julia melvin
    March 26, 2021    

    So sorry

  10. Alexandra Geary Alexandra Geary
    March 28, 2021    

    The Geary clan is praying that all your special loving memories with Dottie comfort you during this dark time of grief. You will always be a part of the family.

    Many prayers: Gabrielle, Chris, Alexandra, George, Greg, Stephen, Alan, John, Ted, Eric & Joshua.

  11. Tom and Laurie Schultz Tom and Laurie Schultz
    March 28, 2021    

    The void left by Dottie’s passing can never filled. She was a whirlwind of joy and commitment. She made everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Condolences to all who loved her and celebrate her life and witness.

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