Ingeburg A. Starr

A Celebration of Life service for Ingeburg Starr, 82, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 18th at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2700 Lawrence Ave., Lawrence, Kansas.

Inge died Sunday, December 5, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, following a short illness. Her body was cremated and laid to rest with her husband Merle, at the Leavenworth VA National Cemetery on Friday December 10th, 2010.

Inge was born on May 13th, 1928 in Solingen, Germany, the daughter of August and Paula Hermann’s.

Upon her graduation from school in Solingen, she worked several years in both Germany and England. She immigrated to the United States in 1956 and was extremely proud to become a naturalized citizen of the United States of America on February 27th, 1961 .
In her early arrival, she gained employment as a nanny in the New York area. Shortly thereafter, Inge met and married Merle and began her life as a wife to a career Air Force veteran. They traveled extensively and lived in many different areas of the country. In 1969 they moved to Lawrence and settled in to raise their sons Kenny and John.

Inge was well known among her family, friends and church members for her wonderful cooking and baking talents. She put her love, heart and soul into each and every dish that she served. Inge was a popular chef for the Oompahfest Festival and the Oktoberfest held at St. Johns Catholic Church which is held annually in Lawrence. Her homemade German Christmas Stolen was a favorite of many-many friends.

She will also be remembered for the kind, gentle, welcoming and loving spirit that she carried with her at all times. Her care and concern for others were always a priority in her life. Her holiday tables usually consisted of family and many others who were unable to make it home or those that had no family.

Inge retired after 27 years of working at the Kansas University Computer Center and later the Watson Library.

She was preceded in death by her husband Merle, two brothers, a sister and her parents and step-sons, Bill and Bobby Starr.

She is survived by sons, Kenny and John Starr both of Lawrence, Kansas, step-daughters Wanda May of Show Low, Arizona, Debbie O’Neil of Arizona, Merle “Roger” Starr of Ketchikan, Alaska and many extended family members.

The family suggests memorials to the Breast Cancer Society Inc. or Redeemer Lutheran Church in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Jeanne Fries...

Dear Kenny and John,

I just read of Inge’s death in the Redeemer Newsletter. I am so glad John and I got to know her through Oompahfest in Lawrence. She was a tremendous support in providing recipes and overseeing the cooking and so encouraging!

And when I was making cookies for a friend in Iraq and needed a way to seal them up, she was ready to share her kitchen.

I have missed her so much since we have moved away. So nice to get a hug from her whenever she was able to come to church and we were also there. A couple times our paths crossed and her face would light up. I know my life would light up with her smile.

What a wonderful reunion we will have!

God’s Richest Blessings to all her family.

John and jeanne Fries, Alta Vista, KS

From Joe and Jody King...

Inge you will be missed, We have memories of eating at inges house and visiting with her on christmas and thanksgiving at Bob and Linneas house, You always brought joy to everyone, God Bless From the King family

From Dayna & Robert Wolf, and Audrey & Gerald Harris...

We will miss our sweet Inge and she was such a big part in our family.
She was there for my kids’ births, their birthdays, many holidays and other family events over the years. Even after we moved away, everytime I came home for a visit Inge would be at the house within the hour to make sure I got to Kansas City safe and sound. One of the true things I missed about moving away was not seeing her more often and I am glad we still remained in contact over the years. She will be truly missed by all of us and we loved her so much.

From Larry & Elaine Lovell...

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Inge was such a giving person and enjoyed life to the fullest. i know she will be missed by all her friends and family.

Our deepest sympathies.

Larry & Elaine Lovell

From Linda Wright...

Dear John & Kenny,
I am so sorry for your loss. As you know, Inge has been a lifelong friend with our Air Force family ties.
Well, Inge’s now “stationed” in heaven, back with Merle. Someday we’ll all be reunited, just like we always have, following each other from assignment to assignment, base to base.
I called yesterday just to hear her voice on the answering machine. I will miss our discussions of “legal” recipes and Weight Watcher points, Inge had it down to a science!
All my love and deepest sympathy,

From Kendall Simmons...

I am so very sorry for your loss, guys. I loved your mom. She was a really neat, really cool woman.

I totally enjoyed working with her at the KU Libraries as well as coming over to the house for great fun and tasty treats with current and retired Government Documents staff. We’d always laugh a lot. Tell great stories. And, of course, talk about cooking and her cookbooks.

I even learned a lot about your Dad, whom she loved and missed very, very much.

Sadly, as life changed for me, our contact changed, too. The annual Christmas card. A *very* occasional phone call. But I’ve never stopped thinking of her with love and affection.

Again, my deepest sympathies.


Kendall Simmons
427 Michigan
Lawrence, KS 66044

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