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IN MEMORIAM: Viva Sperbeck, 95;

Served With WACs During WWII

WORCESTER – Viva Sperbeck, 95, a WAC – a member of the Women’s Army Corps during World War II – passed away, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 at the Palatine Nursing Home in Palatine Bridge.

She was born on Oct. 22, 1923 in Worcester, the daughter of Winnie and Adella (Patrick) Utter. Viva married Millard “Pete” Sperbeck on Dec. 31, 1945 in Richmondville. He predeceased her in 2008.

Viva served in the WACs in 1945-46.

Viva was a lifelong area resident and member of the United Methodist Church in Richmondville.

She is survived by her daughter Dolores Falzarano; two grandchildren, her sister Alberta Launt and several nieces and nephews.

Viva was predeceased by her daughter Dale M. Ervin and her grandson Robert Ervin.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Worcester,  with the Rev. Jeffrey Smith officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Viva to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

The Heller & Skinner Funeral Home in Worcester is assisting the family.



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