March 8, 1920 - July 30, 2017
Florence Clara (Ederer) Sprecher, age 97, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Greenway Manor in Spring Green. She was born on March 8, 1920, in Sauk County, Wisconsin, to John and Margaret (Schutz) Ederer.
Florence married Harlan (Chunk) Sprecher on December 30, 1940. They lived, worked, laughed, and loved together for almost 65 years, farming for more than 50 of those years. She was a proud member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Spring Green.
Florence’s pride and joy was her family, as anyone who visited her could see from the multitude of pictures on her walls! Together, she and Harlan raised ten children on several farms in the Spring Green area. Some of her sons continue working those farms today.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren always referred to her as ‘Gram,’ and Harlan was ‘Pop.’ When you made a visit to Gram and Pop’s home, you never left without having a meal or sweet treat. Gram loved to garden, cook, and bake. Harlan and Florence took great pride in their vegetable garden; her grandchildren have fond memories of snipping beans (and sneaking some to eat) with her. Gram and Pop’s food cellar contained many quarts of tomato juice, dill pickles, sauerkraut, and various canned fruits. Her baking specialties were raised donuts fried in lard, homemade cinnamon rolls, Christmas cookies, apple pies, and angel food cakes. She often had “help” in the kitchen from the younger members of the family! The grandkids also loved having sleepovers at Gram and Pop’s house, which always included having strawberries and milk with her homemade bread at breakfast. Euchre has been a solid Ederer/Sprecher family tradition since the beginning of time, and Gram was the best: If you played against her – it didn’t matter who her partner was – you were going to lose.
Florence’s faith was also very important to her. You could often find her in her chair holding her rosary and praying. Christmas has always been a major holiday for the Sprechers; every year, Gram went all-out to decorate the house, complete with not just one but TWO trees, at least one Holy Family display, yards of tinsel, and a myriad of ornaments, many of which are now extraordinary antiques. Naturally, there were the aforementioned cakes, pies, cookies, and doughnuts in abundance! Gram would also prepare goodie bags for the grands and great-grands and organize a visit from Santa.
Survivors include eight children: Jim (Caryl) Sprecher, Jerry (Peg) Sprecher, Jerome (Peggy Mockler) Sprecher, Jeff (Joan) Sprecher, of all Spring Green, Jannie Wille of Oregon, Joannie (Tim) Harrington of Arena, Jeanette Sprecher of Madison, and Joyce (Herb) Portz of Poynette; 19 grandchildren: Jacky Brings, Joette (Brad) Warren, Janelle (Terry) Siske, David Sprecher, Joni Sprecher, Marty (friend Sonja) Sprecher, Cheri (Tim) Jordan, Freeman (Lindsay Craig) Nelson, Jamie (Jen) Nelson, Michelle (Jeff) Weiss, Jason Sprecher, Bradley (friend Amanda) Wille, Stephanie (Alex) Johnson, Amery Harrington, Alex Harrington, Justin Pharo, Jarad Pharo, Marcus (fiancé Laura Senz) Portz, and Eric (Susan) Portz; 21 great-grandchildren, 7 step-grandchildren, 22 step great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law, JoAnne (Ted) Hosking, Mazomanie, son-in-law Freeman (Kathy) Nelson, Nova Scotia, Canada; sister Kathleen (Gerald) Meise; sister-in-law Caroline Ederer, brother-in-law Milton Sprecher, and sister-in-law Lorna Anderson and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents John and Margaret Ederer; husband, Harlan Sprecher; son, John Sprecher, daughter, Juliene Nelson; daughter-in-law Vicki Sprecher, son-in-law Gary Wille; grandson Bob Brings; brothers: Alfred Ederer, Leo Ederer, Charlie Ederer, sister Loretta Scholl, brothers-in-law: Orville Sprecher, Ervin Sprecher, Marvin Sprecher, Walter Sprecher, Bob Erickson, Wayne Anderson, Leo Scholl, sisters-in-law: Molly Sprecher, Lorene Sprecher, Fern Sprecher, Buelah Sprecher, Arline Pace, Lorene Erickson, Shirley Sprecher, and Lucy Ederer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 11:00am at St. John’s Catholic Church, 209 N. Washington St., Spring Green, WI 53588. Fr. Eric Nielsen will officiate with burial in the St. John’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 4:00pm-8:00pm. and also on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 9:30am until the time of the Mass. The family would like to offer a special thank you to Father John Silva, Fr. Mike Resop, Father Scott Emerson, Dr. Ellen Wermuth, Lauri Liegel, Souls of Harmony and the staff at the River Valley Medical Clinic in Spring Green, Agrace Palliative Care, Agrace HospiceCare, and to the outstanding staff at Greenway Terrace and Greenway Manor. Your compassion and gentle care will always be remembered. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Florence’s name to St. John’s Catholic School.
The Richardson Stafford Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com