Elfriede “Oma” Sprenger

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Elfriede “Oma” Sprenger, age 85, of Brown Deer, went home to her Savior on Thursday, November 10, 2022.  She was born September 23, 1937 in Halbstadt, Russia to Ferdinand and Emma (Molzan) Ran.  In 1956, she and her family immigrated to the United States from Wellersen, Germany.  The family settled in North Dakota but soon afterward moved to New Jersey.  She married Arnold Sprenger on December 10, 1960 in Irvington, New Jersey.  They lived in Milwaukee and moved to Brown Deer in 1973.

Elfriede was a homemaker but also worked at a nursing home and did part-time cleaning for a few years.  She was a longtime member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Brown Deer and was a current member of Christ Alone in Thiensville.  She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, cooking, baking, traveling and spending time with her family.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Oma’s caregivers at Elizabeth Residence in Bayside and Preceptor Home Health Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Oma especially during the last days of her life.

She is survived by her daughters, Sylvia (Kevin) Hanke of St. Louis Park, MN, Helga (William) Harris of Kalamazoo, MI, and Inge (Kurt) Adams of Jackson, WI; grandchildren, Rebecca (Michael) Vitullo, Jacob (Faith) Hanke, Elizabeth (Jordan) Schuck , Nicholas (Gillian) Hanke, Heidi (David) Tatlock, Megan (Blake) Wiese, Tyler (Sara) Adams and Andrea (Jonny) Michel; great-grandchildren, Michael, Zachariah, Ezekiel and Aviella Vitullo and one on the way, David, James, Mira and Grace Hanke and one on the way, and Huxley Wiese; brother, Hugo (Bernice) Rahn; sisters-in-law, Elisabeth Ran and Clara Weiss; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold in 2015; her parents, Ferdinand and Emma Ran; brothers, Erhard and Erwin Ran; half-brothers, Eduard Weiss II and Reinhold Weiss; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Erwin and Frieda Sprenger.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 15th, 6-7 pm at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 8635 N. 60th Street in Brown Deer.  The funeral service will follow at 7 pm at the church with Pastor Don Scheuerlein officiating.  Interment will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield.   For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Christ Alone Lutheran Church, 247 S. Main Street, Thiensville, WI  53092.



  1. Angelika Ran Watkins November 11, 2022 at 10:56 am - Reply

    My Tante was a sweet and loving . Always there with a smile and loving arms.

  2. Martha Manske November 12, 2022 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. Martha Manske and your family

  3. Diane Behm November 12, 2022 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    The blessing of having Grandmas and Grandpas is truly given by God. They add those soothing comforting loving hugs for the grandchildren. May God comfort all of you with great memories from Oma as you rejoice that her soul has now gone to heaven to be with Jesus as she awaits the Last Day of celebration! Hugs to all of you.

  4. Barbara Lowensten November 13, 2022 at 6:35 am - Reply

    My thoughts, prayers and love to my cousins today. I have many fond memories of our visits in the summertime in NJ. Always looked forward to them; such wonderful times…. May God comfort you all at this time. Love, Barbara Ran-Lowensten & family.

  5. Eduard Weiss November 13, 2022 at 11:32 am - Reply

    Aus der Ferne möchte ich euch unser aufrichtiges Beileid aussprechen. Die wenigen Treffen haben mir immer das Gefühl gegeben, trotz der Entfernung auch in Übersee eine Familie zu haben. Tante Elfriede war eine herzensgute Frau und hinterlässt eine grosse Lücke. Ich wünsche euch in eurer Trauer Kraft und Zuversicht.

    From afar, I would like to express our sincere condolences. The few meetings always gave me the feeling of having a family overseas despite te distance. Aunt Elfriede was a kind-hearted woman and leaves a big gap. I wish you strength and confidence in your grief.

  6. Evelyn Breutzmann November 16, 2022 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Our deepest condolences to our cousins, Sylvia, Helga and Inge and their families.

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