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Helen M. Sprunger

December 10, 2012

    Helen M. Sprunger, 95, Berne, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Swiss Village.
    She was born in Adams County to the late Christian and Alina (Burry) Balsiger on February 4, 1917.
    Helen married Edward A. Sprunger on June 11, 1941; he preceded her in death.
    She was a member of the First Mennonite Church and was on the charter committee that composed the original church Swiss Pantry cookbook. Helen was a "Prayer Warrior" and knitted many afgans for missions. She and Edward spent many winters volunteering at Camp Gilead, Fla. She also enjoyed traveling, knitting, spending summers at the lake, gardening, and she loved her family.
    Among survivors are her three daughters, Beth (Tom) Jones of Berne, Candy (Darrel) Schierling of Zionsville, Ind., and Barbara McDonald of Berne; six grandchildren, Jamie McDonald, Tom Jones Jr., Tami Yoder, Taya Yoder, LeAnn Hardy, and Bret Shierling; and 12 great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her brothers, Eldon and Milford Balsiger, and sisters, Gertrude Balsiger and Vera Lehman.
    Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home.
    Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, at the First Mennonite Church chapel, with visitation one hour prior to services. Officiating is Pastor Jerry A. Flueckiger.
    Burial at the MRE Cemetery, Berne
    Preferred memorials to Mennonite Missions and/or Family Life Care-Hospice.
    Online condolences may be made at

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