Wilma Jo Sprietzer


Wilma Jo Patsy (nee Cockburn) Sprietzer passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at St. James Hospital Hospice Unit in Chicago Heights, Ill.

She has been a resident at Woodside Extended Care in Chicago Heights for several years.

She was born in Cisco, Ga., to George Lester and Roa Lee Cockburn on Feb. 24, 1937.

She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Tennga, Ga., since her early teenage years. Patsy, as she was called by her Southern friends and family, formerly lived in lower Polk County. She moved to Joliet, Ill., in the late 1950s. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and dancing. Her favorite pastime was traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., or to the riverboat casinos on the Mississippi River for entertainment shows and to play the slot machines.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Franklin Sprietzer; her parents, George Lester and Roa Lee; her brothers: Ted, Dee, Bucky, Chuck and Steve; and her sisters: Virginia and Ruth.

She is survived by her loving brother and best friend, George William (Bill) Cockburn of Rutland, Vt.; and many nieces and nephews.

A chapel service will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet, Ill., and then she will be laid to rest next to her faithful and devoted husband.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to your local hospice organization.

You are encouraged to share a memory of Patsy or your condolences to her family by visiting her memorial guestbook at www.chsfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Carlson-Holmquist-Sayles Funeral Home of Joliet, Ill. (815) 744-0022


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