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Virginia Spranger

Posted By Hall-Wynne On July 6, 2012 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 7 Comments

Virginia Janet Spranger, 75, died on Friday, July 6, 2012. Virginia was born in Milwaukee, WI to the late John and Janet Grochowski on July 19, 1936.

Virginia was a loving wife, mother, friend, volunteer and social worker. She graduated from UNCC with a bachelor degree in Social Work and obtained her Masters in Social Work at the University of Houston. Virginia was an active listener and cared for all people. Virginia worked as a social worker and social work supervisor at Durham County Social Services. She was an active member of Holy Infant Catholic Church in Durham, NC. “She was an intelligent, giving woman who would help others wherever she saw need.

Virginia is survived by her husband of 55 years Wayne Spranger of Durham, NC; daughters Joan MacDonald and husband Myles of Nashville, TN, June Robertson of Charlotte, NC, Joy Mix of Chapel Hill; son David Spranger and wife Laura of Charlotte, NC; brother John Grochowski and sisters Patricia Reinke and Barabara Singert, 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Her daughter Janis Ann Spriggs preceded Virginia in death.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 10, 2012 from Holy Infant Catholic Church, 5000 Southpark Drive, Durham, NC 27713 with Fr. Dave Devlin, OSFS, presiding. A Rite of Christian Burial will follow at St. Matthew Catholic Cemetery.

Friends may visit following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Virginia’s name may be made to Catholic Charities Piedmont Regional Office at 902 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705.

The Spranger family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials, www.hallwynne.com select obituaries.


Condolences for the family of “Virginia Spranger”

Condolence from Jane and Stu Armstrong on July 9th, 2012 12:00 am

Wayne and family,
Stu and I are sorry to hear of Virginia’s passing. Our prayer for you is to rely on your faith, family and friends to assist you. Prayers for you at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
In His name,
Jane and Stu

Condolence from Philip Stadter on July 9th, 2012 12:00 am

Dear Wayne and family,
The brief time I knew Virginia I found her wonderfully committed and caring, always sensitive to others. She gave a special gift to our Just Faith group.
My condolences to all her family for this sad loss.
Philip Stadter

Condolence from Lynn Sale on July 10th, 2012 12:00 am

VirginIa will be greatly missed. She was a faith-filled, generous woman with a gentle spirit. I am sorry that I am not able to attend the funeral, but I will attend daily mass on July 10 to pray for her and for all those who have loved her.

Condolence from Matt and Mary Lopez on July 10th, 2012 12:00 am

Wayne and Family,
We are sorry to hear about Virginia.We always remember Virginia as a kind and caring wife and mom.We appreciate the notice in the Journal/Sentinel.We always considered you friends.You and your family are in our prayers.Take care and God bless.

Matt and Mary
Waukesha,Wi

Condolence from Dick Figlesthaler on July 10th, 2012 12:00 am

I’m 82 years old and if Wayne lived on 49thstreet in Milwaukee in the 1930’s and had a brother named Roger,I have a picture of Roger and Wayne taken in 1936 or 1937. Best Regards, Dick Figlesthaler

Condolence from Janet MacDonald on July 28th, 2018 1:06 am

Hi Dick,

My name is Janet MacDonald. I’m one of Virginia and Wayne’s granddaughters. I’m 27 now and realized the importance of putting together my own family history/memory book. I came across your comment. I don’t know if anyone had previously replied to your comment, and I don’t know as to whether my grandpa lived on 49th street back then – however, I do know that his brother’s name was Roger/Rodger. If you happen to see this, I’d love to have a copy of the picture sent to me so I can show my grandpa. I’m sure he would be overwhelmed and love knowing that you have a memory of him he’d forgotten about. I wish you and your family health and happiness.

Best wishes,
Janet Elaine MacDonald

Condolence from Jan Dillard on July 10th, 2012 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear of Virginia’s passing. She was my first supervisor when I began working at DSS, and she could best be described as a spitfire! She was incredibly knowledgable, and she combined that knowledge base with an incredible degree of compassion and a good measure of spunk. She was never afraid to try something new and was so encouraging to her staff. She impacted many lives directly, and many, many more indirectly, through her supervision and through her example to others. Besides her work, she never missed an opportunity to talk about her family with pride, and she opened her home to her staff on many occasions. She was a wonderful friend and co-worker. She will be remembered with love!

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