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Georgene L. "Ginger" Sprung-Simmons

February 2, 2020
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

TOLEDO-Georgene L. "Ginger" Sprung-Simmons, 64, of Toledo, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2020, at Premier Estates of Toledo to be with the Lord, after a stubborn fight with cancer. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 15th, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Tama Meskwaki Celebration Assembly of God Church with Pastors Kenny and Sharon Mervin officiating; luncheon immediately following. Ginger and her Nieces encourage all of the guests to wear and support their favorite sports team colors and apparel. Private Interment will be held at the Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman.

Ginger was born on January 10, 1956, in Osage, Iowa, the daughter of Earl Harold and Muriel (Arno) Sprung.

Ginger graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1976. She was a hard worker and for years delivered newspapers and provided lawn care in the Gilman area. Ginger never turned away a chance to play cards, try her luck at bingo or to work on a puzzle. Ginger loved the excitement of almost all sports. She would frequent many sporting events over the years showing her support of the East Marshall School District. Ginger was not just a spectator; She proudly earned medals (3 gold and 1 silver) and several ribbons herself while participating in Special Olympics for Bowling, Softball and Track and Field. Ginger would tease any opponent of her beloved Iowa Hawkeyes and often wore "her" black and gold.

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Georgene L. 'Ginger' Sprung-Simmons

Ginger grew up attending church and her church family became a staple once she moved to the Toledo area. She professed her faith openly as an adult and was baptized again. She was an active church member. Ginger was a regular at Celebrate Recovery on Monday nights, served as Vice President of the Ladies Ministry and donated food and her time for community meals and events hosted by her Church. Ginger was able to participate in the Iowa 99 County Bible Reading Marathon and represented Tama county two years in a row; She was accompanied by dear family friends-Mike and Sherrie Nelson.

Ginger participated in Discovery of Genesis and was able to volunteer at the Senior Citizens Center through this program. Ginger never had an abundance, yet maintained a generous heart. Ginger opened her home to two of her nieces for a short time and never stopped loving them as her own. Ginger loved spending time with her nieces and their families.

Survivors include three nieces, Stacy (Anthony "Tony") Spinazze and their son, Anthony of Sylvania, OH, Melissa "Missy" (Robert) McCartt and their daughters, Margaret, Maison, Makenna, and Cadence of Rossford, OH, and Amber Sprung and her children, Bryce, Joshua, Gustavo, Eddie, Mya, Tomas, and Marian of Des Moines, IA; boyfriend, Don Andrews of Grinnell; and other extended family and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and two brothers, Donald and Daryl Sprung.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions will help the family with funeral and burial costs. Any additional funds will be used to donate to her church in honor of Ginger.

Thank you to all of you who have been a part of Ginger's life here on Earth, and extra special thank-yous for those who respected, loved and treated her with kindness while embracing her special needs.

Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama is assisting the family with the arrangements.



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