SPRINGFIELD – Geraldine Jennie Sprouse, 76, of Springfield died on July 4, 2010, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, while on vacation.
She was born May 2, 1934, in Springfield, to Joseph Matthew and Jacquelyn Gardner Hess. She married Carl David Sprouse on November 14, 1953; and he preceded her in death on June 27, 2008.
Geraldine was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, John and Mike Hess. She is survived by 3 sisters, Patsy Bethard, Anna Brandenburg and Alice Wheeler, all of Springfield; 3 brothers, her twin brother, Jerry Hess of Urbana, IL, Walter Hess of North Carolina and Wallace Hess of Florida; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Geraldine was a lifelong resident of Springfield. She retired from the Illinois secretary of state’s office as head of security and had previously worked for Sangamo Electric. She was a Republican precinct committeeman for over 35 years, was a Woodside Township trustee and a member of the Evening Republican Club.
A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Staab Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul Rose officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Calvary Academy or Hospice Care of Illinois.
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