Anne Murdza Spencer


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Gloucester, MA - Anne (Murdza) Spencer, 97, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully at the Seacoast Nursing Home in Gloucester on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Anne was born in Ipswich on July 17, 1921 and was the daughter of the late John and Katherine (Kuduk) Murdza. Anne graduated from Ipswich High School, class of 1939. After graduation she worked for many years at Sylvania Electric Products. Following that she worked for laboratory for Electronics in Boston, as a purchasing agent, where she met her future husband James Randolf Spencer. After their marriage, they relocated to Florida where they operated a small inter- island charter airline servicing the Miami area to Cuba and other Caribbean islands. They spent several years in Florida then returned to Colts Neck, New Jersey where she started Spencer Nurseries, which she operated until her retirement in 1996. Anne retired to Cape Ann following her husband's death to be closer to her family.
Anne was a colorful personality with a passion for living. She loved to travel and made many trips
abroad during her marriage. She was a gourmet cook who loved to entertain and show off her culinary
talents. She had a love of flowers, as was evidenced with her long standing nursery and her homes
which all showcased her beautiful gardens. She was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross.
She was predeceased by her brothers Walter and Peter Murdza, and her sisters Sophie (Murdza) Hayes and Mary (Murdza) Tarr. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their respective families.
Per Anne's request, there will be no visiting hours. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: American Red Cross Arrangements are by the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St. Gloucester. Online condolences may be made at
Published on April 18, 2019
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Janice Cilluffo
Apr 18, 2019
Anne & I shared 12 yrs of friendship. We decorated her house each Christmas, Always had a jigsaw puzzle going, & that one piece she couldn't find, I found it to complete the puzzle. I learned about gardening from Anne. She loved her flowers. Cherished memories will stay in my 💓.