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Naomi D. Specht

May 24, 1924 ~ April 18, 2020 (age 95)


Naomi D. Specht, 95, of Annawan, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A private graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday at St. Mary Cemetery, Hooppole. Reverend S. Stephen Englebrecht will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary of the Field Catholic Church, the Annawan/ Alba Rescue Squad, American Cancer Society or a charity of donor’s choice. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.


Naomi was born on May 24, 1924, the daughter of Mack and Viola (Price) Duncan, in Nelson County, Kentucky.  She graduated from Boston High School, Boston, KY. She married Joe Kegolis and they separated. On September 11, 1959, she married Paul S. Specht at St. Anthony Catholic Church parsonage.  He preceded her in death on August 8, 1971.  She was a member of St. Mary of the Field Catholic Church, Hooppole, the Altar & Rosary Society of the church, and the Hooppole American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.  She enjoyed traveling, canning food, flower gardening, and watching her birds. She enjoyed being a homemaker and helping Paul on the farm while raising their seven sons.


Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Joseph (Rita) Specht, Lyndon, IL, Mike Specht, Kewanee, IL, Paul (Jamie) Specht, Annawan, IL, John (Carla) Specht, Annawan, IL, Roy (Nancy) Specht, Geneseo, IL, Ray (Maureen) Specht, Hooppole, IL, and Charles (Marina) Specht, Kiev, Ukraine; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and eight step-great-grandchildren; her brother, Billy Duncan, Hodgenville, KY; and a sister-in-law, Marie Duncan, Atherton Ville, KY.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Viola, her husband, Paul, six brothers, and one sister.



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