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Helen W. Sprague

December 31, 2012
Daily Press

ESCANABA - Helen W. Sprague, 95, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at her home at Northwoods Assisted Living in Escanaba.

She was born Sept. 21, 1917, in Duluth, Minn., and was the daughter of Alexander and Lillian (Meier) Graham. Helen graduated from high school and then graduated from Minnesota Teachers College.

The former Helen W. Graham married Jack E. Sprague in 1940 in Duluth, Minn., and he preceded her in death on Sept. 24, 2004. Helen and Jack lived two years in Iron Mountain before moving to Escanaba in 1942. Helen was active in PTA during her children's school years, as well as a leader in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. The family enjoyed their home at Portage Point in Escanaba.

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Helen W. Sprague

She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served on the governing board and managed many of the Spring Ladies Luncheons. She also chaperoned a mission trip of senior high youth to Ghost Ranch, a Presbyterian Retreat center in New Mexico.

Helen also served as an election official for Ford River Township commission. She enjoyed traveling, knitting, cooking, reading, playing bridge, square dancing, and she was an excellent seamstress.

Helen enjoyed attending cultural events at the Escanaba High School, Bay de Noc College or the Bonifas Fine Arts Auditorium. Helen W. Sprague is survived by: sons, Thomas (Karen) Sprague of Greendale, Wis., Gerald (Shirley) Sprague of Omro, Wis., Stephen Sprague (Amy Mills) of Oakland, Calif.; six grandchildren, Sherry (Tony) Sleaper, Jennifer (Steve) Blochowiak, Lee (Jenni) Sprague and Karl (Melanie) Sprague, Andrew Pearre and Jeffrey Pearre; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, 819 1st. Ave. South, in Escanaba. Funeral services celebrating the life of Helen W. Sprague will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Scott White officiating.

A luncheon will be served following the funeral services in the church fellowship hall. Memorials can be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, Helen Sprague Music Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the Anderson Funeral Home or at the church the day of the service. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements and online condolences can be sent to the family at



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