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Ingeborg Ginter

February 16, 1928 — June 26, 2023

Ingeborg M. Ginter of Hendersonville, TN, formerly of New Jersey, passed away peacefully June 26 following a brief illness. She was 95.

Born in Newark, NJ, she was the only child of Otto and Emmy Penssler, who emigrated to this country from Germany and settled in Irvington, NJ. She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert R. Ginter, in 1998.

A longtime resident of Watchung, NJ, she was a member of the Wilson Memorial Church, where she volunteered at the church’s Frippery and was a member of the Ladies Guild. She had also lived in Springfield, NJ, where she was a member of the First Aid Squad. She also had a home on the Manasquan River in Point Pleasant, NJ.

In 2019, she moved from Watchung, NJ to Hendersonville to live with her daughter, Bonnie, and her son-in-law, Richard Colandrea. And also to be near her grandson, CJ Colandrea of Nashville.

A classically trained pianist, she shared a love of music with her family and played her grand piano up until her recent illness. She was an accomplished square dancer.

She enjoyed all genres of music, including country, and dancing at the Honky Tonk venues in Nashville. She also attended performances at the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium. She also shared a love of Broadway musicals, in New York and London, which she attended with her children and grandchildren. She was an avid attendee of the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ.

She began her working life at age 13 in the office of National Marble Company of Newark, NJ which was founded by her father. At 21, she became the office  manager.

In later years she worked as a medical assistant for a urologist and dermatologist.

Her greatest love, however, was being a grandmother. When her grandchildren where young she would overwhelm them with dozens of Christmas gifts at her home where each one would receive a large plastic bag of toys from her late husband dressed at Santa. She enlivened the room playing  holiday songs on the piano.

She made birthday celebrations even more extravagant. She spent each one with her granddaughter, Heather Colandrea, up until her passing. Each year, she would give a bouquet of Peonies, based on her age.

Inge maintained a large circle of friends—from church, volunteer activities and her membership in the Red Hats. She also had several friends that she kept in touch with from childhood.

In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, she is also survived by a son, Wayne Ginter and his wife Betsy.  In addition to her grandson and granddaughter, she is also survived by a grandson, Brett Ginter, and a granddaughter, Kim Gnatt. Two great grandchildren also survive.

A memorial service will be held at the Wilson Memorial Church, Watchung, New Jersey at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Wilson Memorial Church, Watchung, NJ.

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