OBITUARY: Ingeborg Wendell
Ingeborg Wendell was born Ingeborg Maria Jung in Cologne, Germany. She was known to her many friends as “Inge” or Ingelein”. She studied photography at the Photo Institute in Munich. After surviving several near-misses during WWII, she returned to Munich after the war to complete her studies. She was hired as staff photographer for the Armed Forces Network-the broadcasting unit of the American military. There she met station chief and future husband, Captain Bruce L. Wendell. They fell head-over-heels in love and were married in Cologne on July 15, 1950 in an elaborate, double ceremony with her sister Elisabeth “Maiti” and Artur Pfaff. Inge and Bruce lived briefly in Montreal, Canada where their first son, Tom, was born in 1951. After short assignments in New York and Arlington, Virginia, the family settled in Los Angeles, Calif. where their second son, Ted was born in 1957. Aside from her role as mother and homemaker, Inge occasionally worked as a photographer, health and beauty consultant, clothing designer, in fine art sales at the Thomas Holland Gallery of Beverly Hills and later at both the Malibu Villa and New Getty Museum in Westwood. She loved to paint and used almost any surface as a canvas. Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Wendell passed away in 1993 and Inge filled the huge void in her life by taking art classes at Pierce College, volunteering at the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. and working as a docent at the Leonis Adobe in Casablassas, Calif. In 2006, she moved to the home of her son Ted in south Lake Tahoe to be near both her sons. She loved all of nature and especially the mountains, lake, trees and snow and enjoyed walks in the woods. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Elsbeth Jung, sister “Maiti”, brother Clemens, brother-in-law Artur and of course, beloved husband, Bruce. She will be remembered by both old and new friends for her positive outlook and sense of style and grace. Everyone she met was touched by the loving, nurturing, helpful, creative spirit that emanated from her core. She died as she lived-with dignity and grace.
There will be a dedicated Mass on Monday, March 14 at 12pm at Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church at 1 Elks Point Road, Zephyr Cove, NV, with celebration of life to follow at Ted Wendells’ house in South Lake Tahoe.
In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Barton Foundation/Home Hospice Care.
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