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.