Irene Sprenger age 92, of rural Comfrey, MN died on March 4, 2020, at Sleepy Eye Care Center.

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Wednesday from 9:30 until 10:30 am at the church.

There will be a Parish Prayer Service at 5pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am Wednesday, March 11th at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth

The clergy will be Father Andy Michels.

Interment will be at the Japanese Martyrs Catholic Cemetery in Leavenworth.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Irene Anges Sprenger was born on September 27, 1927, daughter of Edmund and Martha (Schroepfer) Windschitl in Mulligan Township, Brown County, MN. On May 6, 1947, Irene was united in marriage to Orville Sprenger at the Church of Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth. Family was her life’s greatest accomplishment. She took pride in the close personal relationships she had with her family. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and siblings gave her great joy. Her hobbies and interests included listening and dancing to Polka music, playing cards, sewing, canning, quilting, and cooking. Irene enjoyed having coffee on Saturdays with her sisters. She loved sitting in her living room, looking out her window, watching her traveling admirers go by as they blew their horns. Irene was a lifelong member of the Church of Japanese Martyrs Catholic Church where she served on the parish council and with the Christian Mothers. Throughout her life, she took great comfort and guidance in her Catholic faith.
She is survived by her children – Bonnie (Darrel) Bernloehr of Mankato, Robert Sprenger of Comfrey, Cheryl (Kent) Michaelson of Eden Prairie, and Brad (Julie) Sprenger of Comfrey; grandchildren – Kristin Jensen, Tony (Molly) Bernloehr, Melissa (Shawn) Bakke, Chad (Kelly) Sprenger, Scott (Brianna) Sprenger, and Michael (Elly) Sprenger; 13 great grandchildren; sisters – Elaine Haala, Sally Holm, and Mickey Fischer; and sister-in-law Eunice Windschitl. Irene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Orville; brothers – Edwin and Lenus; and sister Adella.
Irene will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.