In loving memory of Angelika Spranger who sadly passed away on 6th July 2021
The funeral service was held on Friday 23rd July at Putney Vale Crematorium, followed by a reception at The Dog & Fox, Wimbledon.
Due to limited capacity, attendance was by invitation only, however the service was webcast live and the recording is shared below. Those attending were asked to come dressed as Angelika lived, boldly, brightly and beautifully (nothing black).
Sometimes when I first awake I think that you´re still here
and for a fleeting moment the clouds all disappear.
For you brought endless sunshine – until you went away
and now I miss you sadly each minute of the day.
You would not like to see me sad so what I try to do
is live a bright and happy life in memory of you.
The fact that you´re no longer here will always cause me pain
but you´re forever in my heart until we meet again.
I´ll Be Missing you – by Faith Evans and Sean Combs
Thomas, Mara and Irene
When I think of you Angelika, the first image that comes to my mind is your radiant smile and sparkling eyes. I have always admired your insatiable passion for life, your drive, your creativity and your striking talent. You have been there for me for so many years, showing me compassion, empathy and love, while being as direct and honest as only you can be! You have made me laugh so much…
You have been so incredibly strong, brave and positive throughout your illness, your attitude towards life is an example to us all. I will miss you very much but will keep you in my heart.
I pass on my condolences to your family, you have been an amazing, supportive and loving wife and mum, so I know no words will be able to comfort them but they are in our thoughts in this very difficult and painful time.
Love always. Sandrine
I was honoured to exhibit with her and to see her on a creative spree. The time we spent together were always fun, and I will always remember our memories together.
Last time I saw Angelika when we had a wonderful walk in Richmond Park and Isabella Plantation with her dog Hendrix, talking about life, art, projects, kids.
She was taking photographs of her favorite subject – water .
We finished our walk barefoot on the green, cold grass – as per Angelika’s suggestion – an amazing experience.
She was there when I needed her- caring and supportive.
Its hard to accept not to hug her anymore.
Certain people touch our lives in really happy ways. They’re helpful and supportive, they are the first with words of praise, they are always there for you. They are funny, kind and thoughtful . They are known as special friends. Angelika you are my special friend, I will miss your wonderful laughter, radiant smile and friendship. I have so many happy memories- years of walking in weather even the dogs wouldn’t countenance, lots of laughter and discussions followed by a slice of cake. Always a treat for every dog in your pocket. Your wonderful art which expressed your joy and zest for life, grounded in the beauty of nature.
Your positivity and courage inspired me.
Love you lots my darling.
Angelika will be in our hearts forever and brought such warmth, kindness, fun and vitality to everything. She brought such delight during quiet times at our art exhibitions by appearing with a big smile and a glass of Prosecco! Miss you Angelika and thank you for your your friendship and love.
Adrienne and Simone xxx
Angelika possessed a beautiful spirit and she was always thoughtful and caring of others. She was a joy to be around and will be sorely missed by so many that have known such a special person.
Sandra and John Redfern
Angelika – your generosity and vibrancy were boundless. The space you leave empty is huge.
A very dear friend, you showed me life through a different lens and, despite your own illness, never stopped offering loving support. Your bravery and determined positivity were inspiring – and so typical.
The girls and I truly miss you.
Your smile lit up the room,
Your energy was boundless,
Your talent adorns the walls of our home,
You gave us a beautiful grandchild,
You fought like a tigress,
You left us far too early.
We will miss you, Angelika.
Schwiegerpapa and Marylou
Farewell my beautiful friend … it was a pleasure and honour to have known you and have had you in my life. We shared so many fun, beautiful and memorable moments and I will never forget you… you have left us far too early and it will be a while before that sinks in .. you’ll always be in my thoughts till we meet again… rest in peace my darling xxx
Few persons give you a lasting impression if you do not meet them on a regular basis. We met Angelika literally less than five times. Yet everybody in our part of the family immediately related the not so rare first name -when mentioned- to our cousin/aunt on the island. She conveyed empathy, positivity and commitment in every interaction. We are so sorry no opportunities are given to us any more to relive these heartwarming experience.
The Spranger family in Germany, UK, USA, Switzerland
Angelika was in many ways a person of contrasts. Strong minded, determined, stubborn even and never shy of standing by her opinions or taking up a challenge. She too, though, held people in the centre and was warm and engaging with others. Quick to laugh, Angelika had the ability to lift the mood of the moment with her vitality and sense of fun. Her creativity was vast, and she always could find a unique perspective on something. Angelika was a loyal friend and was deeply committed to her family. Her devotion to her daughter was absolute and Laura is a testament to her. I am sad that her nephew will grow up without Angelika in his life, but I hope that some of what I have taken from her will be passed on. Ultimately, she faced her illness with dignity and determination. Angelika was deeply loved, will be much missed but held in our hearts forever.
Sonja, Alex and George xx
How will we remember Angelika?
We have always admired her artistic skills – her amazing ability to turn a simple photo into a work of art – and her passion for her chosen profession.
Angelika held strong views and expressed them forcefully, but above all, she always wanted to help. Already being critically ill and in hospital, she spent hours trying to convince us not to have the Covid vaccination, as she strongly believed it would have long-term side effects.
The last year of her life was scarred by an illness as difficult as may be conceived. Throughout she remained optimistic, happy, confident that she would recover. Hardy told us that this spirit stood by her to the end.
We first met the achievement of which Angelika was most and justifiably proud 21 years ago. We remember her about 6 months old, gurgling on her back on the beach at Bournemouth while Angelika addressed her Spatzl (little sparrow). Happily, she lived to know that Laura secured a first-class honours degree from the University of Newcastle.
Angelika died too soon, but her vivaciousness, her courage and her willingness to to stand up for her beliefs and not to compromise will always be with us.
Christine and Peter
What remains are the memories.
Unforgettable in our hearts!
Michaela, Manfred, Alina & Bennet
I first saw you, aged twenty something at a lake in Austria on a summer day. You were at the “beach” with a girlfriend, laughing, sunbathing and drinking cold white wine in the hot sun. It was a glorious place and you were so happy and full of life and I have never forgotten it.
And Angelika what a lot you achieved. A fulfilling creative life filled with friends, a lovely home, beautiful art but above all your wonderful family. Your adored and adoring husband and daughter. The centre of your world.
This is such a sad time but Angelika I shall choose to remember you as you were that summer day twenty some years ago. Young, beautiful and exuding an unbounded excitement for life.
With love and deepest sympathy to Hardy and Laura.
and there are always traces of your life,
thoughts, images and moments.
They will remind us of you,
make us happy and sad
and never let you forget
Jolanda and Christian
Danke für Deine Freundschaft und für so viele schönen gemeinsame lustige, lachende und auch schwere Momente,
welche wir gemeinsam erlebt haben, diese Erinnerungen
sind unvergesslich in meinen Herzen und in meiner Seele.
My heart is full of sadness but I will always treasure the friendship we enjoyed – which started back in Alsace.
There was a long period where we shared so much fun and adventure and then we had to grow up! We are only keepers of a way of life that is in harmony with the Earth and your creative spirit embodied that.
“Harmony with the natural world” is what you lived for especially in your art. I am full of gratitude to have experience your gift of love, laughter and a beautiful friendship with you. A beautiful creative piece of you still hangs on one of our walls – it will remain forever as a remembrance of your creative self.
No more suffering for you, Liebe Angelika rest in peace.
The Angels will watch over Hardy and Laura.
With Love Vanessa, Viki, Laurence & George
My first memory of Angelika was by the side of the lacrosse pitch with Hardy and Hendrix and noticing her radiant smile and friendliness. We’ve since spent many years sharing our love of dog-walking in the Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park. The Still Pond will always be my special place to remember Angelika. Her art is stunningly beautiful and inventive. I have so enjoyed visiting her shows and witnessing how much joy it brought to so many people. My heart goes out to Hardy and Laura of whom she was so rightly proud. With love from Fiona
You will always be remembered by us for your kindness, warmth, vitality, talent and fun loving nature.
Many years ago, in a moment of reflection you asked me if your art work was important to others and I replied “Angelika, of course it is, that is what we ordinary folk live for. At the end of a hard day’s work many of us want to see beauty, have a sense of relaxation and peace, and to be inspired.”
Angelika simply needed and gave a warm smile.
So Angelika, it has been both an honour and pleasure having you touch our lives. We hope and pray that you are now resting in peace.
God bless you Angelika
Love Rosena, John, Amelia and Lydia
Though a relatively new friend – it has been a pleasure and privilege to have known Angelika. Always so brave and positive with what she had to face over the last two years. I will miss you, as will all the others whose paths she crossed.
Unsere liebe Angelika. Wir trauern, aber ich will nicht traurig sein. Angelika war nicht traurig, sie hat gelacht, gestrahlt, mit ihren verschmitzten Augen, ihrem herrlichen breiten Lachen, ihrem roten Lippenstift:
„Passt schon“, sagte sie immer, wenn wir uns im Richmond Park verabredeten mit unseren Hunden, dem lieben Hendrix,
Angelika hat jeden verwöhnt, am meisten mit ihrer Fröhlichkeit, ihrem Humor, ihrer Zuversicht, ihrem Optimismus, der sie bis fast ganz an den Schluss begleitete.
Immer glitzerte das Licht bei ihr durch das Leben, wenn sie von Hardy erzählte, von Laura, die so tapfer studierte und im eiskalten Meer schwamm. Angelika hat mich – und vielleicht euch – immer wieder aus dem Alltagstrott, den schwermütigen Gedanken, herausrausgerissen.
Ich habe immer wieder abgesagt, aber sie nahm das nie persönlich, hat immer wieder neu versucht mit der ihr eigenen Hartnäckigkeit – bis wir doch wieder in unserem herrlichen Park waren, mit nackten Füßen durch das Gras gegangen sind, das tanzende Sonnenlicht in den Blättern fotografiert haben, das Farbenspiel im Wasser der Isabella Plantation.
Viele von Euch werden ihre Bilder kennen, vielleicht hängen haben, ihre Farbspiele von Wasser, von Blättern, Palmen. Für dieses Licht danke ich Angelika, für diese Sonnenspiele, diese Heiterkeit. Sie hat uns gezeigt, wie hell die Welt sein kann. Und wir danken ihr dafür, werden es ihm Herzen tragen – nie vergessen.
when I came to your house in London at age 16 without knowing you as my school guardian, you welcomed me very warmly into your household. I am very grateful for this and have good memories from that time like your Sudoku introduction and little Laura. You are a loving, kind person and one cannot understand why you were taken away from this world so quickly.
In memory of those times, Nimrod Spranger from Stuttgart
es war sooo schoen, Dich und Laura in Berlin auf unserer Familienfeier nach vielen Jahren wieder getroffen zu haben mit Zeit zum Reden, sich auszutauschen und zusammen zu lachen.
Mein Herz ist voller Dank fuer die warme und liebevolle Aufnahme von Nimrod waehrend seiner Schuljahre in England an den vielen freien Wochenende, wenn das boarding house geschlossen war.
Das war eine sehr sehr grosse Hilfe.
Leider konnten wir diese Gastfreundschaft in der Zeit danach nie zurueckgeben, nach unserem Treffen in Schwanenwerder sollte das besser werden.
Meine Gedanken sind bei Laura und Hardy.
Angelika was a true friend and a smiling cheerful neighbour, always keen to get everyone together outdoors during the lock down for a laugh and banter. What struck us was how brave and good humoured too she was during her illness whenever you met her on the street, despite the pain and discomfort which she must have felt but did not want to show. She will be greatly missed by us all, but she is free from pain, and pray, resting in peace.
Once again, our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Hardy and Laura.
Tejal and Harish Chande
Would you like to add your own tribute here?
The family would be grateful to receive more pictures of Angelika and so encourage you to send your favourite picture featuring Angelika to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org