Jacob “Jack” Spahn
Jacob “Jack” Spahn, 82, passed away in the comfort of his family on October 18, 2016, following a long illness. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey on November 15, 1933 to Jacob Sr. and Mary (Pegg) Spahn.
Jack attended Trenton State Teachers College where he played a number of sports and was a member of the band and chorus. Following college he moved to the Jersey Shore, where Jack was an assistant manager for Metlife Insurance Company and then district manager for Wyeth Lab before moving to Vermont with his wife Victoria and their children. Jack and Victoria owned and operated Spahn’s Country Kitchen in Ferrisburgh during the 1970s and ‘80s. He later worked for Chittenden Bank and One Credit Union, in addition to playing an active role in Vergennes City politics, serving as city councilman, deputy mayor, and mayor.
Following the passing of his wife Victoria, Jack married longtime friend Kathy Rinaldi. Jack and Kathy have lived happily in Addison County for the past 26 years.
Jack loved golf and was affiliated with Basin Harbor Club since 1972. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed many hobbies; golf and music remained life-long passions.
A parishioner of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes, Jack served as chairman of both the building committee and parish council. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus and served as a Eucharistic minister. Jack was also a trustee of the Prospect Cemetery Association from 2003-2005 and president from 2005 until April of this year.
Jack was a wonderful man who filled the lives of those lucky enough to know him with humor and love. He was predeceased by his wife Victoria, his parents Jacob Sr. and Mary, and his sisters Roxanne Stryker and Carol DeGraw. He is survived by his wife Kathy, stepdaughter Lorraine Franklin and her husband Dana of Addison, VT; stepson Michael Strada and his wife Naomi of Vergennes, VT; son John C. Spahn and his wife Carol of Urbandale, Iowa, along with seven loving grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes will be on Sunday, October 23 from 4:00 – 6:00. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Monday, October 24 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Peter’s Restoration Fund, 85 South Maple St., PO Box 324, Vergennes, VT 05491.