Alice Anne Spartz, 82, Fighter of good causes

Alice Anne Spartz (nee Rattenbury), 82, a dedicated fighter of good causes, commander-in-chief, consummate hostess, generous to a fault, loving mother and devoted friend, died suddenly in Kingwood, Texas, on Nov. 26, 2007.

A 32-year resident of Oak Park. 

Alice Anne always prayed for a large family. When doctors told her she couldn’t have children, she began a life of proving doctors wrong and had them anyway. She fought for the rights of families–as an example, she ran for Oak Park parks and recreation commissioner in the 1970s to keep the pool admission prices down for large families. She didn’t win the election, but the pool pass prices were reduced. She was passionate about the health of her children and the rights of the unborn–decades of work for the Right to Life movement. She was active in Illinois Right to Life and the Family Life League as a founding member of each. Even at the age of 77, she was voted onto the board of the local homeowners association and a year later was voted its president.

She was also passionate about education and, with her children, attended college in her 60s. Keeping track of the interests, the goings on and evolving lives of her 11 children, their spouses, 28 grandchildren and extended family was her life’s work. Her life was truly based on her faith in God and being a positive force in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives.

Alice Anne Spartz is survived by George Eugene, her husband of 58 years; her 11 children, Mary Elizabeth (Robert) Vietti, James (Nancy), Barbara (Harry) Weirath, Nancy (John) Wakefield, Thomas (Maggi), William (Deb), Michael (Cindy), Jack (Jenny), Matthew (Cindy), Clare, Robert (Melissa), and the late Richard Spartz; her 28 grandchildren; her siblings, Kenneth (Janet) Rattenbury, Bruce (Betty) Rattenbury, Margaret (Dan) Tucker, Elsie (Robert) Stack and the late Jack Rattenbury. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Martha’s Kitchen, 3702 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, Texas 77339.

Visitation was held Dec. 2 at Conboy-Westchester Funeral Home, 10501 W. Cermak Road, Westchester. Funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 3 at St. Edmund Catholic Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by P.M. Smith & Sons Funeral Home.
–Clare Spartz

Dotsy Walker, 88, Reader and dog lover

Dotsy Cooper Walker, 88, died on Nov. 27, 2007 at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood. Mrs. Walker had been a patient at the Berkshire Rehabilitation Center in Forest Park and prior to that had been a resident of Holley Court Terrace Retirement Community in Oak Park from 1994-2006.

Born on Jan. 15, 1919 in Georgetown, S.C. to Samuel and Ida Cooper, she married Edwin Mims Walker on July 26, 1946 in Georgetown. Mrs. Walker was a member of Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church in Oak Park. She loved to read and also loved her series of “four-legged” children, her dogs.

She is survived by her sons, William Edwin Walker and Samuel Cooper Walker, and her granddaughter, Mary Catherine Mims Walker of Oak Park. She is also survived by her sister, Mildred Cooper Higgins and 17 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Dec. 27, at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 744 Fair Oaks Ave., Oak Park.

Memorials to College Mission Trip Fund of Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 744 Fair Oaks Ave., Oak Park 60302 or Wellness House, 131 S. County Line Rd., Hinsdale 60521 are appreciated. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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