Robert Sperling

Robert J. Sperling

Saturday, January 28th, 1950 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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JANESVILLE--- Robert J. “Bob” Sperling, age 70, of Janesville, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 23, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Janesville. He was born in Chicago on Jan. 28, 1950 the son of the late Harold and Marie (Kay) Sperling. Bob received his Bachelors of Arts in 1973 and his Masters of Science Degree in 1977 from the University of Wisconsin. He married Christine “Chris” Bagley on Aug. 19, 1972 at St. Monica Catholic Church, Chicago. They moved to Janesville in 1973 and he began his career as a Probation officer in the Juvenile Justice System for Rock County in the fall of 1973. He continued to serve the county as its manager until his retirement in the spring of 2007. Bob received a liver transplant in 2007 and was grateful for the many years of extended life he received. He served on the board of Rock Valley Community Programs, served on the City of Janesville Zoning Board and many others. In October 1994, he received the Wisconsin School Administrator’s Special Award. Bob was very athletic during his life, running numerous marathons including New York, Chicago, Milwaukee and other local ones. He enjoyed working out at the YMCA and golfing, as well as following the Chicago Cubs and Bears. Bob will be remembered as a very gentle, caring, outgoing and humble person who always showed care and concern for others. He loved his wife, Chris! He never turned down a family member or friend’s request for assistance. Bob had a thing of looking for definitions in the dictionary.

He is survived by his loving wife, Chris; 3 siblings: Kathleen “Kate” (Drew) Pignatari of Little Suamico, WI, Kevin (Cindy) Sperling of Frederick, CO, and William “Bill” (Carole) Sperling of Palatine, IL; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Due to current conditions, private family memorial services will be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. A public celebration of his life will take place in the future as conditions allow. Memorials in his name may be given to the UW Hospital Transplant Clinic.
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    St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church
    1250 E. Racine St.
    JANESVILLE, WI 53545
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Michael Holliday

Posted at 05:11pm
Bob was a friend , a very good friend that I met while serving together in the National Guard supply unit in Janesville, WI from 1971 to 1977. We worked hard, at Summer Camp at Camp McCoy, but we played hard in our free time. I would like to express my sincere condolences to Bob’s brothers Bill & Kevin who were also very good friends and, of course, to Christine, Bob’s precious wife for many years. 🙏🏼 Rest In Peace my friend. 🙏🏼

Amy Utzig

Posted at 04:02pm
To Bob's family: I am very sad to hear of Bob's passing. I worked with him for several years at Rock County and have very fond memories of him. He was a great person and will be missed by many. My thoughts are with you all during this time. Amy Utzig (Amy Kingsland when I worked with Bob).

Dale and Barbara Green

Posted at 10:25am
Praying and thinking of you in this time of sorrow!
We are blessed to be living independently at Fairhaven

Ken Tanner

Posted at 06:26pm
Dear Chris. We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We were friends, neighbors, and co workers. We all shared so many wonderful times together; so many warm memories. Bob was gregarious, gentle, caring man. Our heart goes out to you and your family. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken and Chris

Marlene Howe

Posted at 02:45pm
I worked with Bob years ago in the Juvenile Probation Office as his secretary. Loved working with Bob. Always fun to be around in the office. Good memories. Know that I care

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