Father Gene Speno, 84, was called to his eternal rest on July 15 in Palm Desert after a lengthy illness.
Fr. Speno was born on December 7, 1929 in Bell Gardens to Louis and Anna (Giambrone) Speno. He was Baptized and raised in St. Malachy Parish in Los Angeles. He entered the junior seminary for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in September 1945, He was ordained to the priesthood on March 19, 1960 by Most Reverend Charles Francis Buddy for the Diocese of San Diego.
He served at a wide variety of parishes in both the Diocese of San Diego and later in the Diocese of San Bernardino. In the San Bernardino Diocese he served at San Salvador, Colton (1966 to 1968); Our Lady of Guadalupe, Highgrove (1972 to 1981); Our Lady of the Rosary, San Bernardino (1982 to 1983); Our Lady of the Lake, Lake Arrowhead (1983 to 1984); St. Anne in the Mountains, Running Springs (1984 to 1985) and his final assignment was as Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Palm Springs from 1985 until his retirement from full-time parish ministry in 1998.