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John W. Sprague

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John W. Sprague, 81 of South Brunswick died Thursday December 30, 2010 of complications of Parkinson's disease. Born on February 14, 1929 in Vineland, NJ, Mr. Sprague graduated from Vineland High School, attended the University of Denver and Rutgers University. He lived in the Jamesburg-Monroe Twp. area before moving to South Brunswick 31 years ago. He worked for many years as a poultry manager at Forsgate Farms in Monroe Twp. He also worked in computer operations at Educational Testing Service in Princeton and later as a home health aide with the Visiting Nurse Assn. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Sprague was an ordained deacon and long-time member of the Jamesburg Presbyterian Church. He loved spending time with his family, reading and eating sweets.
He is predeceased by a sister Charlotte Giorgiani and his brother Thomas. Surviving is his wife Barbara Downie Sprague, his two sons Mark and his wife Cynthia of Columbus, NJ and Brad of Dayton, NJ, two daughters Debra Sprague and her husband Bill Gallagan of Millington, NJ and Melanie Brown and her husband Dennis of Monroe Twp., his sister Anne Marsh of Vineland, seven grandchildren Shannon and Ryan Brown of Monroe Twp.; Megan, Shaylyn and Tierney Gallagan of Millington and Sarah Abramson and Matthew Sprague of Columbus, two sisters-in-law Madeline DeMore of Buena, NJ and Florence Crook and her husband Bernie of Universal City, TX, a brother-in-law Edwin Downie of Northridge, CA and many nieces and nephews and their children.
A memorial service will be held at Noon on Saturday January 8, 2011 at the Jamesburg Presbyterian Church on Gatzmer Ave., Jamesburg followed by a reception in the church hall. The family will be receiving friends at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Jamesburg in honor of John W. Sprague. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Lester Memorial Home 16 W. Church St., Jamesburg, NJ. To send condolences to the family visit

Published in Home News Tribune on Jan. 2, 2011
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