Mrs. Ingeborg Pickard, 89, of El Paso, Texas, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2022. Ingeborg was born in East Prussia (now in Poland). As a twelve-year-old girl, Ingeborg and her family excluding her youngest sister survived the forced march from East Prussia in the winter of 1944-1945 during World War II. She and her family arrived in West Germany as refugees who fled the Red Army.
Ingeborg had two brothers and total of three sisters predecease her. She had a wonderful occupation as a professional ballerina from the age of 12 to 27. After a performance, she met Richard Pickard and married him in Switzerland on March 11, 1962. In August of 1965 Mr. Pickard, a U.S. Army Officer, was transferred to El Paso, Texas. After his retirement they purchased a second home in Aspen, Colorado, where they enjoyed volunteering as ushers for the Aspen Music Festival over many years.
Ingeborg obtained her pilot’s license when she was 73 years of age and flew with her husband who was also a pilot. She became a Lt. Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol and enjoyed flying Cessna’s, 150, 250, 350 and 550. She also had a passion for traveling, painting, opera, the symphony especially Richard Strauss and a love for dogs.
Ingeborg is survived by her husband’s brother and wife, Jim and Lillian Picker., a niece Ellen (Greer) and her husband Todd, a niece Janelle (Bailey) and her husband James, a niece Carol (Townsend) and her husband Bill a nephew James (Picker) his wife Melanie. In addition, she had eleven great nieces/nephews. In the family, she was affectionately known as “Aunt Inga” who devoted a lot of attention to them and she will be missed.
A Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home- West with a Eulogy Service to follow at 6:00 pm.
Ingeborg, among other things, will be remembered for her favorite saying, “We have to do the best we can under the circumstances.”
Services are entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home- West.