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Ingrid Hemmingsen

September 6, 1940 — February 18, 2017

Ingrid Maria (Schwarz) Hemmingsen, 76, of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away from heart complications on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the University of California Medical Center, Hillcrest, San Diego, California.

She was born September 6, 1940, in Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, to Lydia Schwarz and Werner Feihler. She was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelische Kirche (Lutheran Church), Schwetzingen. Her mother married Wilhelm Bauer who loved Ingrid as a daughter. She attended public school in Schwetzingen, Germany, where she made lifelong friends with whom she regularly corresponded and occasionally visited.

Her life changed dramatically the day she met the love of her life, Raynor Hemmingsen, in a small cafe near her hometown where he sauntered in with his army buddies and she sat talking with girlfriends. Ingrid and Ray dated until the heartbreaking day he was shipped back to the U.S. Their strong love laughed at the ocean of distance, however, as letters carried their hearts back and forth. One of the missives contained a marriage proposal and the ever intrepid Ingrid left all that was familiar behind to begin a new life in the United States. Ingrid and Raynor were united in marriage on December 6, 1959, in the Elk Horn Lutheran Church.

As a young couple, they played in a bowling league together as well as sharing a love of camping and fishing. They danced every opportunity they could, often having their date nights at the Elks Lodge twirling to big bands sounds or two stepping to country music. Later, they became avid golfers and spent summer weekends playing in area tournaments. Ingrid worked for many years as a waitress at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club where her friendly personality and work ethic kept her tip jar growing. She used those quarters and dimes to fly back to Germany every four years to visit her parents, sisters and their families, and her friends.

After Raynor and Ingrid retired in 1997 they became snowbirds traveling each winter to El Centro, California, where a travel trailer became their home and the new neighbors became wonderful friends at Sunbeam Lake Resort. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a member at Nishna Hills Golf Club where she volunteered regularly and enjoyed the company of many dear friends.

Ingrid was a fireball in temperament, hair color and attitude. She was the catalyst igniting celebrations and parties into being because she believed cooking for friends and celebrating often was the best way to spend a day, or even a lifetime.

She is survived by her daughters, Alisha Rourick of Boise, Idaho, and Pamela (James) Borglum of Hermosa, SD; her grandchildren, Blake Rourick, Tyler Rourick, Summer Whillock and Sophia Whillock; sisters, Ute (Wolfgang) Ruettinger, Monika (Richard) Fehrenbach all of Germany; brothers-in-law, Franklin (Jerri) Hemmingsen of Elk Horn, IA and Dewy (Ginger) Hemmingsen of Duluth, MN; sister-in-law, Joanne Hemmingsen of Arizona; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raynor Hemmingsen; her parents, Lydia and Wilhelm Bauer, and Werner Feihler; her parents-in-law, Raymond and Hilda Hemmingsen; and her brother-in-law, Vernon Hemmingsen.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa, followed by a church lunch where people can visit.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Nishna Hills Golf Club.

Condolences may be sent to

Alisha Rourick
5432 N Hertford Way
Boise ID 83714-8816

Or to

Pam (James) Borglum
PO BOX 167
Hermosa, SD 57744

Ingrid Maria (Schwarz) Hemmingsen, 76, of Atlantic, Iowa, passed away from heart complications on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the University of California Medical Center, Hillcrest, San Diego, California.

She was born September 6, 1940, in Schwetzingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, to Lydia Schwarz and Werner Feihler. She was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelische Kirche (Lutheran Church), Schwetzingen. Her mother married Wilhelm Bauer who loved Ingrid as a daughter. She attended public school in Schwetzingen, Germany, where she made lifelong friends with whom she regularly corresponded and occasionally visited.

Her life changed dramatically the day she met the love of her life, Raynor Hemmingsen, in a small cafe near her hometown where he sauntered in with his army buddies and she sat talking with girlfriends. Ingrid and Ray dated until the heartbreaking day he was shipped back to the U.S. Their strong love laughed at the ocean of distance, however, as letters carried their hearts back and forth. One of the missives contained a marriage proposal and the ever intrepid Ingrid left all that was familiar behind to begin a new life in the United States. Ingrid and Raynor were united in marriage on December 6, 1959, in the Elk Horn Lutheran Church.

As a young couple, they played in a bowling league together as well as sharing a love of camping and fishing. They danced every opportunity they could, often having their date nights at the Elks Lodge twirling to big bands sounds or two stepping to country music. Later, they became avid golfers and spent summer weekends playing in area tournaments. Ingrid worked for many years as a waitress at the Atlantic Golf and Country Club where her friendly personality and work ethic kept her tip jar growing. She used those quarters and dimes to fly back to Germany every four years to visit her parents, sisters and their families, and her friends.

After Raynor and Ingrid retired in 1997 they became snowbirds traveling each winter to El Centro, California, where a travel trailer became their home and the new neighbors became wonderful friends at Sunbeam Lake Resort. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a member at Nishna Hills Golf Club where she volunteered regularly and enjoyed the company of many dear friends.

Ingrid was a fireball in temperament, hair color and attitude. She was the catalyst igniting celebrations and parties into being because she believed cooking for friends and celebrating often was the best way to spend a day, or even a lifetime.

She is survived by her daughters, Alisha Rourick of Boise, Idaho, and Pamela (James) Borglum of Hermosa, SD; her grandchildren, Blake Rourick, Tyler Rourick, Summer Whillock and Sophia Whillock; sisters, Ute (Wolfgang) Ruettinger, Monika (Richard) Fehrenbach all of Germany; brothers-in-law, Franklin (Jerri) Hemmingsen of Elk Horn, IA and Dewy (Ginger) Hemmingsen of Duluth, MN; sister-in-law, Joanne Hemmingsen of Arizona; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raynor Hemmingsen; her parents, Lydia and Wilhelm Bauer, and Werner Feihler; her parents-in-law, Raymond and Hilda Hemmingsen; and her brother-in-law, Vernon Hemmingsen.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2017, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Atlantic, Iowa, followed by a church lunch where people can visit.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Nishna Hills Golf Club.

Condolences may be sent to

Alisha Rourick
5432 N Hertford Way
Boise ID 83714-8816

Or to

Pam (James) Borglum
PO BOX 167
Hermosa, SD 57744

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