JoAnn Deck Trust

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

JoAnn Helen Spradlin Deck, 72, passed Sunday, December 29, 2013 at her home in Plainfield, Illinois. JoAnn was born April 5, 1941 in Chicago, and graduated Maine East High School in 1959. She continued her education in business and art over the course of her life, attending several local colleges.

She is preceded in death by her mother Florence (Bethke) Spradlin, her father Kenneth L Spradlin, step-mother Marianne (Leymann) Spradlin, her niece Patricia (Hayes) Parks and her son Randy K Deck. She is survived by her sister, Sheryl (Spradlin) Bryce, daughter Tammy L Deck, step-daughters Elizabeth Souter and Jennifer (Souter) Morris, and nieces Susan (Deck) Moran, Elizabeth (Deck) Dziedzic, Vanessa (Bryce) Starkey and nephew Rich Deck.

JoAnn was an accomplished artist working in many media, including art quilting and mixed-media collage. She exhibited frequently at various shows and received many awards for her work, most recently the People’s Choice Award for her piece “He said to Simon” at the Plainfield Art League’s Fall Colors exhibit. She was a member of many art groups and guilds, including the Professional Art Quilters Alliance, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Midwest Collage Society.

JoAnn was deeply spiritual and very active in her church, the Community Christian Church at Carillon.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00am at the Children & Arts Center, 174 Highpoint Dr, Romeoville, IL 60446.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to JUSTembrace, 4942 N Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, or Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Ln, Naperville, IL 60540.

Feel free to add your comments or memories of JoAnn in the comments section below.


  1. I will definitely miss JoAnn. She was a wonderful lady and I am lucky to have known her.

  2. My prayers are with your family and friends JoAnn. I know you are with the Lord and have served Him well. I will miss your wonderful smile.

  3. I was just thinking of JoAnn as I recently came across the photos that she helped me make into the most wonderful personal collage. We spent many pleasant hours together working on it.

  4. JoAnn was a talented artist. Years ago we shared a vending space at various quilt shows, selling our hand-dyed fabrics. She could envision different materials as art and was always working on a project. She used to be my next door neighbor, was my friend and fellow quilter. I sure will miss her smile. Condolences to Tammy and all her family.

  5. I am stunned. JoAnn taught me how to paint fabric. She was very supportive. She will be deeply missed.