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GRABOW, Inge Elfreda (nee Schmidt)

April 3, 1933 – Berlin, Germany
April 14, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Inge Grabow of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the age of 82 years.

Inge was born in Berlin, Germany. As a young girl she survived the war with her family. She married in 1952 and immigrated to Canada by ship in 1958 with her carpenter husband Gunter Hans Grabow, who was the love of her life and their two small children, Rainer (5) and Sylvia (2) in tow. As new immigrants unable to speak much English, Inge worked in Toronto at the Rowntree Company chocolate factory. She was always popular having Smarties in her pockets. With hard work, it did not take long for them to get on their feet in their new beloved country. In 1963, Diana was welcomed to the Grabow family. In 1967, Inge’s father showed up from Germany unexpectedly at the airport to announce he would be living with them in Canada now. Yearly visits from her mother-in-law from Germany made for a large and busy household.

They lived in the Toronto area then in 1967 began trips to their cottage in the Kawartha’s of Peterborough, Ontario, which filled Inge’s heart with joy. She loved to cook for her family and tend to her rock garden filled with her favorite small bearded garden gnomes. In 1970, Inge and her husband of twenty years parted ways and she became a devoted single mother to her children. Working as a hostess at Big Boy’s Restaurant, she was a very shy woman who was filled with grace and beauty. Inge had a special presence about her, with her beautiful blues eyes and her blonde Ava Gabor updo; she unknowingly turned heads of men and women in any room she entered.

In 1976, Inge and her youngest moved to Peterborough to embrace small town living. Together they bought and decorated houses and ended up living on a small acreage overlooking Chemong Lake. She enjoyed the company of her growing children and grandchildren. Working as a cashier at Dominon Foods, she had many wonderful friends. Her ladies “Fatty” club would gather monthly for their pot luck, filled with tasty treats, wine, strong coffee and chatting the afternoon away. Spending time in her garden, she enjoyed basking in the sunshine and she would take great pleasure with all the little things in life. During the early 80’s she was proud that her and her friend/partner Rex Buenting were able to build their own homes overlooking Stoney Lake. She always worked hard and knew how to save money. She could rub two pennies together to squeeze out a dime. Hence, one of her favorite sayings… “I’m stingy”.

By the mid 80’s she decided to leave Ontario to be closer to her three children and grandchildren in Alberta. She worked part time cleaning homes and was always diligent. By 1996, Oma had six grandchildren (Alison, Sara, Ginny, Clayton, Cody and Bridjet) to spend time with and she enjoyed our large family gatherings. Many happy memories were made during these years of family growth. In 2007, she moved into Beverly Care Centre Lake Midnapore. In her later 70’s, she had the great joy of meeting her boyfriend Avram David in the centre and they fell in love. Spending precious time in each other’s company and sharing cuddles, they were blessed to have found one another.

In parting, Inge would like to say… “Be careful driving on the road” in her thick German accent. She will be loved, missed and remembered for her insatiable mischievous behavior by all that knew her.

Inge is left to morn by her daughters Sylvia Valantine and Diana Locke; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her favorite loving son Rainer in 2012. We love you so very much, Mamma(Oma) you will remain in our hearts always.

Our family would like to send a huge heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Beverly Care Centre Lake Midnapore for the years of magnificent caregiving and kindness. And a special thank you to the Rockyview General Hospital and South Health Campus for the wonderful care during her final days. Sylvia and Diana would like to graciously extend our appreciation to all who have expressed their support and condolences.

A small family gathering to celebrate Inge’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences can be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Inge Grabow, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Gerry and Kay Whitton

    Gerry and I would like to extend our deepest heartfelt condolences on your loss. Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Dear Diana and Sylvia and all your family
    My sincere condolences on the passing of dear Inge. She was a bright and sweet woman with a zest for life that shone through even though she was fragile. I will remember her always and know her memories will stay close in your hearts. I hope that I will be able to attend the ceremony to honor her life. Take good care, you are in my thoughts.

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  3. Tim and Karlene Locke

    So sorry Diana and Sylvia on the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys and your families. Love you xoxoxoxo.

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