Patricia M. Sponsler

SPRINGFIELD - Patricia "Patti" Marie Sponsler, 60, of Springfield passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at her son's home.

Patti was born Nov. 28, 1947, in Springfield, the daughter of Joseph Jr. and Marjorie Ray Shimkus. She was married to Robert J. Sponsler; he preceded her in death.

Patti was a devoted member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. After graduating from Ursuline Academy and attending SCI and LLCC, Patti went on to work for the Illinois State Board of Higher Education, retiring after 33 years.

Patti will be remembered as a generous and unselfish mother, dedicated to raising her children and taking care of others. She enjoyed tending to her flower bed and going to auctions and garage sales. She loved collecting milk glass and antiques and some of her favorite TV shows were "Antique Roadshow," "Dancing with the Stars" and "Waiting for God." More than anything, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Patti was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Marie Cody; and her stepmother, Emma Shimkus.

She is survived by her children, Paula M. Sponsler and Shawn M. Behl of Springfield, Scott J. Sponsler of Salisbury, Stacey M. Horton and Stephanie M. Sponsler of Springfield; her grandchildren, Amber and Christopher Behl, Kelsey Lane, Nicholas Hamende and Alexis Hamende, Clayton and Cashton Sponsler; her great-grandson, Talon Behl; her siblings, Susan (husband, Terry) Hupp of Chatham, Joseph (wife, Julie) Shimkus of Springfield and Kathleen Garrison of Eldon, Mo; in addition to several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. Sixth St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 5 p.m.

Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 245 N. Amos Ave., Springfield, with the Rev. Robert J. Jallas, celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Simmons Cooper Cancer Institute at SIU, P.O. Box 19677, Springfield, IL 62702.

Please visit Patti's online life story at www.butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.

Published in The State Journal-Register on Sept. 18, 2008