Ingelore Renate Nabb, nee Eschenbach, of Parkview, IA passed away on October 3, 2018 after a short hospitalization.
A celebration of her life will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Chambers Funeral Home in Eldridge, Iowa. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Monday at the funeral home. Private family interment will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband Carl K. Nabb, and three children; daughter Jeanette Levinson (Ben) of Santa Clara, CA, sons Kenneth Nabb of Princeton IA and David Nabb (Aor) of Kearney, NE. Ingelore left behind two surviving brothers, Heinz and Volkmar Eschenbach and a sister Dagmar Bothmann, all of Germany. Inga's legacy lives on today through her grandchildren Sebastian Nabb of Caldwell, ID, Nate Levinson of Mountain View, CA, Rachel Levinson of Campbell, CA, and Daniel Nabb of Kearney, NE.
Born May 16, 1936 in Storkow Germany, Inga survived the second world war as a young child. Following his conscription into the German army at gunpoint in 1943, Ingelore's father was killed at Stalingrad in 1944. Later that year, Ingelore's fatherless family walked from what is now Poland to Berlin to escape Russian occupation with only the clothes on their backs. Upon reaching Berlin, Inga's mother (who had by now contracted typhus) was separated from her four children for several days before the fractured family reunited and crossed through the Brandenburg Gate into the American sector of West Berlin, initiating a lifelong fascination with the United States. There her family was welcomed by American soldiers and were placed on a train which crossed the remainder of East Germany to the West. Eventually the family found refuge near Hamburg.
Retaining these powerful early life lessons, Ingelore immigrated alone to the U.S. on June 12, 1956 and married Carl K. Nabb in November 1957. She fulfilled her dream by becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen in 1965. Inga's strength of character impressed all who came in contact with her. In her younger years she volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, and even filled in as a baseball coach. Later, Inga volunteered for local political activities, the Bix Beiderbecke Run, CASI and Vanderveer Park.
Inga loved all dogs, but her favorite was Champion Thor Dog. She was known to many as the enthusiastic lady who made friends selling Avon through Parkview on her bicycle. Inga would befriend anyone who cared to stop by her deck to say hello. She believed in education, volunteering, and the enduring benefits of hard and honest work. Ingelore's love of music lives on through the continuing music making of surviving family members Jeanette, David, and Rachel.
Ingelore's unflinching character was exceeded only by her capacity for love and warmth, as witnessed in her active adult life as a rosarian. Ingelore was a Master Gardner, President of the Tri-City Rose and Garden Club, and an active member of the American Rose Society.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Rose Society or the Humane Society of Scott County.