OBITUARY

Joel A Spann

October 19, 1929September 16, 2020
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Joel A. Spann was born on October 19, 1929. Her parents, Joseph & Eva Muzik, took the train from Williams Bay, WI, for her delivery at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Chicago, IL. They later purchased their home on Oak Park Avenue, in the Schorsch Village Community, one of the first houses built in the development.

Joel began attending Sunday School at Grace Gospel Tabernacle when she was about 6 years old and continued developing in her faith throughout her life.

Joel attended Josephine Locke Elementary School and Charles P. Steinmetz High School. She enjoyed taking piano, ballet, and tap dancing lessons.

After graduating from Steinmetz, Joel worked as a secretary for an insurance company in downtown Chicago.

Joel married James L. Spann on March 3, 1951 and was married to him until his death on September 10, 2011.

They started their family with a son followed a year later with a daughter when James’ work took the family to New Orleans in 1957. They returned to Chicago two years later and completed their family with another son. A home was purchased at 2925 N. Rutherford Avenue that remained their home together until shortly after her husband’s passing when she relocated to Escondido, California to be closer to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joel liked to travel and would especially look forward to an annual fishing trip to Leech Lake in Minnesota; she was always hoping to catch THE BIG ONE. She was an avid collector and enjoyed antiquing. She also enjoyed sewing, making quilts and cooking for her family and friends which she was extremely good at. Holidays were always enjoyed by Joel, but especially Christmas. She enjoyed the baking of countless kinds of cookies always meant to be shared and the many gifts to purchase and wrap, sometimes without even using any tape!

She had a great love for her country and served for many years as an election judge. Joel also enjoyed helping children and families by volunteering with ECFA. She also enjoyed doing hair at the Bethesda Retirement Home and in her home.

Joel was a beautiful Christian woman both inside and out. She will be missed here on earth greatly, but we know she is rejoicing in heaven!

Joel passed into eternity on September 16, 2020, in Escondido, CA, surrounded by her loving family. Joel was the beloved wife of the late James L. Spann; loving mother of James Joseph (Patricia) Spann, Jeanine (Don) Bush, and Jonathan (Elissa) Spann; adoring grandmother of Larry Reihl, Kristin (Chris) Leso, Joshua (Karen) Spann; most adoring great-grandmother of Zachery and Mackenzie Leso, and California and James Spann; unforgettable aunt; caring cousin; and fond friend of many.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Evangelical Child and Family Agency, 1530 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187, or go to www.EVANCFA.org.

Services

  • Visitation - 50 Person Maximum Limit in the Funeral Home in accordance with Government COVID-19 Restrictions.

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Final Viewing - 50 Person Maximum Limit in the Funeral Home in accordance with Government COVID-19 Restrictions.

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Celebration of Life - 50 Person Maximum Limit in the Funeral Home in accordance with Government COVID-19 Restrictions.

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Committal & Interment Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

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Cheryl Koob

October 17, 2020

My Aunt was a wonderful, kind and caring person. She had a great smile and was a joy to be around. The family Christmas gatherings at Grace Free Church through the years when she and uncle Jim hosted, were really special. At one time we all lived at 3422 N. Neenah for a few years and I still think fondly of the Sunday dinners and things we would do. I appreciate and still laugh about many good times with Aunt Joel and my cousins. My Aunt appreciated a really good cup of coffee and to this day I often think of her when I make coffee.
My Aunt was a wonderful example of a Christian as she served others and demonstrated love in her caring compassionate way. It was a blessing to have her in my life.

Stacey Masciola

October 16, 2020

I was lucky to grow up with Joel and her family as my next door neighbors. Joel was extremely kind and just like family to me.
I can still hear her voice calling in her husband from his work in the garage. I’ll miss her adorable Christmas cookies, especially the pinwheels. She was a truly wonderful person.

George & Gloria Dearing

October 14, 2020

Joel was Our BEST FRIEND for over Fifty Years!!....We Spent so many Beautiful memorable Times together with Her & Jim....She probably has her Apron on now managing the Heavenly Kitchen! How Special that she'll be spending her 91st Birthday with Jim In GLORY...You are So missed My Dear Friend!

Karen Marie Spann

October 8, 2020

Such a happy lady! So great to be around and always up for an adventure! This was our impromptu trip to explore Iowa together.

Sue (Dearing) Kepner

September 26, 2020

Joel was one of the Sweetest, Kindest, Giving and Caring of Ladies I had the pleasure to know! She always had a Smile on Her face! I think of her when I use my Cow spoonrest she gave for Our Wedding! She also was an Extra Special Friend to My Mom and Dad too! Joel will be missed but know she is Celebrating with Jim in Heaven! Thoughts and Prayers for All of The Family!💗🙏🏻

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Biography

Joel A. Spann was born on October 19, 1929. Her parents, Joseph & Eva Muzik, took the train from Williams Bay, WI, for her delivery at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Chicago, IL. They later purchased their home on Oak Park Avenue, in the Schorsch Village Community, one of the first houses built in the development.


Joel began attending Sunday School at Grace Gospel Tabernacle when she was about 6 years old and continued developing in her faith throughout her life.


Joel attended Josephine Locke Elementary School and Charles P. Steinmetz High School. She enjoyed taking piano, ballet, and tap dancing lessons.


After graduating from Steinmetz, Joel worked as a secretary for an insurance company in downtown Chicago.


Joel married James L. Spann on March 3, 1951 and was married to him until his death on September 10, 2011.


They started their family with a son followed a year later with a daughter when James’ work took the family to New Orleans in 1957. They returned to Chicago two years later and completed their family with another son. A home was purchased at 2925 N. Rutherford Avenue that remained their home together until shortly after her husband’s passing when she relocated to Escondido, California to be closer to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Joel liked to travel and would especially look forward to an annual fishing trip to Leech Lake in Minnesota; she was always hoping to catch THE BIG ONE. She was an avid collector and enjoyed antiquing. She also enjoyed sewing, making quilts and cooking for her family and friends which she was extremely good at. Holidays were always enjoyed by Joel, but especially Christmas. She enjoyed the baking of countless kinds of cookies always meant to be shared and the many gifts to purchase and wrap, sometimes without even using any tape!


She had a great love for her country and served for many years as an election judge. Joel also enjoyed helping children and families by volunteering with ECFA. She also enjoyed doing hair at the Bethesda Retirement Home and in her home.


Joel was a beautiful Christian woman both inside and out. She will be missed here on earth greatly, but we know she is rejoicing in heaven!


Joel passed into eternity on September 16, 2020, in Escondido, CA, surrounded by her loving family. Joel was the beloved wife of the late James L. Spann; loving mother of James Joseph (Patricia) Spann, Jeanine (Don) Bush, and Jonathan (Elissa) Spann; adoring grandmother of Larry Reihl, Kristin (Chris) Leso, Joshua (Karen) Spann; most adoring great-grandmother of Zachery and Mackenzie Leso, and California and James Spann; unforgettable aunt; caring cousin; and fond friend of many.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Evangelical Child and Family Agency, 1530 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187, or go to www.EVANCFA.org.

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