Barbara Waters-Spranze Obituary

Barbara  Joy Waters-Spranze
Barbara Joy Waters-Spranze

January 16, 1942 - October 25, 2019
Born in Chicago, Illinois
Resided in Glendale Heights, Illinois


Barb Waters-Spranze was born January 16, 2019 in Chicago, IL and passed away October 25th, 2019 after a courageous, five year battle to recover after falling from her horse in 2014, which left her with irreversible brain damage. Doctors said the odds were against and she may not even make it past six months but after two months in a coma she awoke. Although unable to do many things she had done before, she made huge strides to regain her life including, folding laundry, walking, watching T.V., listening to music and enjoying the company of children. Charles (her life partner) never gave up either, he made sure that she had the chance to re-learn these simple, yet important pieces of life. Day after day he was there to provide a safe environment for her to learn and to grow in her new found situation. He always believed in her progress and never gave up on her, from baking her cakes to washing her feet, he never left her side.

A horse owner since childhood, she continued her passion for horses later in life, with quarter horse showing and competition until her accident in 2014. She spent all of her free time at the stable with her four legged friends and fellow horse lovers at the barn where she was always quick to lend a helping hand or advice and she was well respected in the equine community.

Barb was a restaurant server her entire adult life and continued to work until her accident (age 72) and made many friends wherever she worked. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her father Michael Spranze, mother Helen Mckenna-Spranze and brother Michael Spranze.
She is survived by her life partner Charles Johnson who she met in 1972.
Mother of Kelly Swanson-Madison
Grandmother to Melody Joy Madison-Valdez, Marissa Madison, Michael Madison, Mercedes Madison
Great Grandmother to Michael, Matthew, Mia, James & Maddy
Aunt to Mary Spranze-Warren and Michael Spranze

Family and friends to gather Saturday, November 2, 2019 for a Memorial Service at DuPage Memorial Chapel from 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm at
951 W. Washington St. West Chicago, IL 60185




Memorial Service
DuPage Memorial Chapel
951 W. Washington St.
West Chicago, IL US 60185
Saturday, November 2, 2019
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM