Patricia Rektorik-Sprinkle, 70, passed away Sept. 13, 2011 in Denton.

She was born Feb. 19, 1941 in Robstown to Julius Rektorik and Lollie Ermis Rektorik. After attending St. Johnís High School in Robstown, she earned both a B.A. in English and Latin and an M.A. in English with Latin Minor from Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio.

She pursued doctoral studies in linguistics at Texas A&M University and did additional graduate work in comparative linguistics at the University of North Texas.

Rektorik-Sprinkle began teaching in Denton public schools in 1974, and during the 28 years until her retirement in 2002, built and led an award-winning Latin program and local chapter of the Junior Classical League, her students competing successfully in regional, state and national competitions and conventions.

She was awarded the summa cum laude JCL Sponsors award in 2000 and the Ed Phinney Book Award in 2001 for her service and support of the JCL program.

She was a member of several other regional and national classics and language education associations, including the American Classical League, Classics Association of the Southwest U.S. (past president), and the Texas Foreign Language Association, and was a frequent presenter and judge at conferences and competitions.

Rektorik-Sprinkle was a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denton, variously serving as a liturgy director, long-time member of the choir, and also helped church members bring the Mohler pipe organ to the parish.

She is survived by her husband, Edgar E. Sprinkle III, of Denton; daughter, Julie Anne (Jeff) Sprinkle of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son, Mark E. (Beth) Sprinkle of Richmond, Va.; brother, Robert J. Rektorik of Weslaco; sisters, Elizabeth Rektorik Seibert of Blanco, Judith Rektorik Stowers of Kingsville, Linda Conrad of Orange Grove, and Susan Rektorik of LaRue; grandsons, Callaway Sprinkle, McKinley Sprinkle, and Calder Sprinkle, all of Richmond, Va.; and other relatives and friends.

A resurrection Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Saturday, October 1, beginning at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

A Rosary will be recited at DeBerry Funeral Home on Friday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed in Rektorik-Sprinkleís honor to the National Junior Classical League, Miami University, 422 Wells Mill Drive, Oxford, Ohio, 45056.