Delores Waegerle Obituary (2021) – Greensboro, NC

Waegerle, Delores ‘Dee’

August 14, 1932 – December 21, 2021

Dee Waegerle, 89, passed away Tuesday, December 21, at home, Spring Arbor Assisted Living, surrounded by her loving family.

A memorial service to celebrate Dee’s life will be held at 1:00 a.m. on Friday, December 31, 2021 at Morehead United Methodist Church, 3214 Horse Pen Creek Road. Grünsboro. Friend and pastor Veranita Alvord will take over the office. The family will greet friends after the service.

Dee was born in Buffalo, NY and met her husband Edwin ‘Ed’ Waegerle in a Church Taffy Pull. They stuck together for 58 years until he died in 2010. Together they raised 5 children, Karen, Kevin, Susan, Kenneth and Steven. After moving here in 1973, they opened their homes and hearts to more than 80 foster children in Erie County, New York and Guilford Counties. They also adopted a foster child, our brother Gordon.

Dee and Ed have always been active in church life, First Lutheran-Greensboro, Christian Lutheran-Greensboro, and after their retirement, Lake Brandt Baptist-Greensboro. When Dee and Ed retired, they went around the country in their RV with a group called SOWERS – Servants On Wheels Ever Ready; Teaching children’s programs and doing craft activities in Christian centers where they could touch hundreds, even thousands of your brothers and sisters with humble hearts and the love of Christ. They settled in Vero Beach, FL and continued to serve at a local youth camp, host prayer groups, and greet the SOWER teams who were visiting. Dee had a heart full of joy and a legacy with 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and more along the way.

After Ed’s death in 2010, Dee married a close family friend, Leroy Sponholz, and the family grew again, including Craig, Jeffrey, and Eric. They lived in Frost Proof, FL for a few years and then back to Greensboro. They settled in Spring Arbor, Leroy died in 2020. Dee continued to conduct Bible studies in their ministries and as a resident ambassador, welcoming new residents to Spring Arbor and helping them feel at home in their new surroundings. Her prayer and study lasted all of her days. As the family gathered together and prayed for their last Sunday, they prayed a blessing for each of us and concluded with the Lord’s Prayer whispered from tired lips. She left us 2 days later.

Instead of flowers, please consider donating / supporting your local hospice, your local children’s ministry, or the national SOWER ministry (sowerministry.org).

Published by Greensboro News & Record on December 26, 2021.

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