Monday, June 23, 2014

Final Arrangements for Barb AND Joe 
Services for both Mom and Dad will start at Fort Snelling National Cemetery Friday June 28th at 11:15 a.m.
After the internment we will gather at Steve VandeWaters Home; Food and coffee will be served but feel free to bring a dish to pass and BYO alcohol. 
We will eat and share stories and play music.
Steve VandeWaters
693 Butternut Ave 
St Paul MN 
On Saturday June 28th at 2p.m. we will continue to honor Mom and Dad with a "launch" on the Great Lake Superior at the Friendly Valley Beach just North of Washburn WI. (from Washburn, take hwy13 north approx. 5 miles, turn right on Friendly Valley Road, cant miss beach)
We will gather following the launch at the Humbe Be in Washburn
Humble Be
325 Washington Ave
Washburn WI 54891
Again, some food and coffee will be served. Bring a dish to pass if you wish and BYO alcohol.
We will play more music, tell more stories and eat some more. 
All are welcome. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Honoring Mom and Dad

I am trying to realize my Moms vision to honor my Dad. When I asked her what she would like for just herself she said nothing. She wanted people to tell stories and play music so I will do the best I can to honor them together in the way my Mom thought my Dad should be honored and we will play music and tell stories. And of course. Eat.
I will have more specific details finalized for the Memorials by Monday. For now, this is what I know.
Service at Fort Snelling June 27th at 11:15am. Meet at gate 5. Gathering at Steve Vandewaters home in St Paul immediately following.
On Saturday June 28th, we will travel to Ashland WI area for a "launch" on Lake Superior and gather after at the "Humble Be" in Ashland.
There will be food, coffee and soft drinks served but please bring a dish to pass at one or the other events if you wish. BYO for alcohol.
Specific times and addresses will be provided soon.
Thank you.

Jayne Spado

Monday, March 31, 2014

Joe Spado Memorial Information SAVE THE DATES JUNE 27 & JUNE 28, 2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

Joe’s time here on earth ended December 2, 2013. He entered the spirit world at the start of a very cold, long winter. The family decided that we would wait to give family and friends a chance to give him a proper send off, to have time together to reflect and remember him.  Plans are for a ceremony at Fort Snelling Cememtery, Minneapolis, MN  at 11 am on June 27th, where he will be memorialize with the full military honors he has earned.
Luncheon will be served after at Steve VandeWater's home, 693 Butternut Ave, St. Paul.(about 8 miles from the cemetery)Deli meat, cheese and vegie trays will be provided Pot luck offerings will be accepted. 


The plans for Saturday, June 28th is to escort Joe’s ashes up to Lake Superior, where we will launch some of the “captain” in a miniature canoe out into the lake. Joe always told us that when he got too old and sick that we should just put him in a canoe and send him out into the lake he loved so much. To honor that wish we decided to make this symbolic gesture. Joe will be driven up by motorcycle escorted by more motorcycles and vehicles. The tentative destination will be Maslowski Beach on Chequamegon Bay, just off Hwy 2 in Ashland, WI. After the launching a memorial service will take place in Washburn, WI at Humble Be ( where food will be served, music will be made and we will all have a chance to remember Joe. I will get more information out for people who wish to stay in the Ashland/Washburn/Bayfield area as well as times for departure from River Falls, WI (base) to head north. It is approx a 4 hour ride. If I don’t get your questions answered please feel free to call or email me. My cell is 715-209-6599 and email is

Camping and crashing is available at my house in River Falls for Friday night or any time you need to. I have a couple tents and plenty of back yard and floor or couch space available.

looking forward to seeing you

more info will be coming, promise!
Barb and family