Judy Sprung, age 69, of Ortonville, MN, died on June 8, 2019, at home in the care of her husband and daughter.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Living Word Lutheran Church in Milbank. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank and will continue at the church on Saturday, one hour prior to the funeral service. Pastor Kent Groethe will officiate.
A second funeral service will be held on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in McIntosh, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Pastor Dave Jore will officiate, and burial will be held at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in McIntosh.
Judith Karolyn Jore was born on September 12, 1949, in Crookston, MN, to Kenneth and Esther (Espeseth) Jore. Six weeks after her birth, her mother, grandmother, and brother were killed in a vehicle accident. A year and half later, Kenneth married Vernice Anderson. Vernice raised Judy and her four brothers with Ken. Judy grew up in McIntosh, MN, and graduated from McIntosh High School. After graduation, she attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Los Angeles, CA, for two years. She later attended and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. After college graduation, she worked as a business education teacher in Silver Bay, MN, and Warroad, MN.
Judy held a variety of jobs throughout her life including at Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle, WA; WyCliffe Bible Translators Headquarters in Dallas, TX; on a dude ranch and Hewlett Packard in Ft. Collins, CO; and at Stewart Title Company in Glenwood Springs, CO, where she met her future husband, Rodney. Judy used her shorthand skills at various businesses.
On August 23, 1992, Judy was united in marriage with Rodney Sprung in McIntosh, MN. Together they were blessed with 26 years of marriage and one daughter, Rachel. Judy homeschooled Rachel from 2nd grade through high school.
Judy’s faith was important to her. One of the ways she expressed her faith was by playing piano and attending Living Word Lutheran Church in Milbank. She served as a missionary in Brazil and was a leader in the Community Bible Study in Milbank and Women’s Connected Group in Ortonville. She was a skilled musician and served many churches as a pianist. She began playing piano and accompanying singers, choirs, and musicians while in high school. Music was a huge part of her life. Outside of music, Judy enjoyed exercising, biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing.
Judy is survived by her husband, Rodney Sprung of Ortonville, MN; daughter, Rachel Esther Sprung of Ortonville, MN; brothers: Dan (Cheryl) Jore of McIntosh, MN; Dave (Judith) Jore of Roseville, MN; Phil (C’Dale) Jore of Williston, ND; and Paul (Sandy) Jore of McIntosh, MN; and 13 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Kenneth, Esther, and Vernice Jore; and brother, Stanley Jore.