Donna Mae Sprunger

Donna Mae Sprunger, 88, of Schererville went to Heaven on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. She was born on July 21, 1931 in Berne, the fifth of six children, to Clarence and Lorine (Habegger) Sprunger. She was married on September 2, 1951 at the First Mennonite Church in Berne to her high school sweetheart, Samuel Frank Sprunger.
She graduated from Berne French High School in 1949 and went to Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. After they were married, they took their first pastorate at the Saucon Mennonite Church in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. Throughout all four churches that her husband pastored, she was a true helpmeet to her husband as she served with him in the ministry as a church pianist, church secretary, member of the church choir, and of course, the pastor’s wife. In 1976, they moved their family to Hammond, where they joined the First Baptist Church of Hammond and have been members ever since. She worked in the church bed-baby nursery (ages 0-6 months) and the two-year-old Sunday school department for over 35 years. She loved her family and was happy being a wonderful housewife and mother. She truly epitomized Proverbs 31:28, “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
She is survived by her two daughters, Rebecca (Jay) Towne; and Rhoda (Robert) Smith II; brother, Logan Sprunger; sister-in-law, Carol Sprunger; four grandchildren, Ashley (Gabe) Allec; Laura (John) Barnes; Robert Smith III; and Rebecca Smith; two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Kingsleigh Barnes; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Jean Habegger; Juanita Herman; and Jacqueline Burnett Smith; and brother, Delbert Sprunger.
Visitation will be two hours prior to the 1 p.m. funeral service on Thursday, January 23 at Memory Lane Funeral Home, 6305 W. Lincoln Highway (US 30), Crown Point. Entombment will follow.  
Arrangements provided by Memory Lane Funeral Home in Crown Point. Online condolences may be made at