Ingrid F. Becherer, 87, Rochester, and longtime Kokomo, resident died at 1:58 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Howard Community Hospital.
She was born on June 30, 1932, in Hamburg, Germany to Else (Albrecht) and Henry Levert. She attended Rostock University to study medicine. On June 22, 1952, she married Hans Becherer, a doctoral candidate in physics.
Ingrid started her professional career in Germany as an actress. In 1958, she and her young son, Frank, moved to the United States to join her husband who had accepted a position as physicist with Delco Electronics in Kokomo. Her husband died in 1962, soon after the birth of their daughter, Judith. Ingrid and her two children remained in Kokomo, and she proudly became a naturalized citizen of the United States on June 13, 1978.
Since living in America, Ingrid had traveled across the world working as a translator, translating Russian, German, French, and English. She also served as a Real Estate Agent and worked at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Kokomo branch, before retiring. Her passions in life included the study of medicine, literature, art, and theater, interacting with children, and she was an avid card player. She welcomed everyone into her family and cared deeply about people who are poor and are otherwise marginalized by society.
Survivors include son, Frank and his wife Julie Becherer of Carmel; daughter Judith and her husband Lloyd Jennings, Jr., Rochester; grandchildren Ryan Becherer, Carmel; Kristine (Tom) Lindsay, Zionsville; Daniel Jennings, Fishers; Victoria Jennings, Indianapolis; Olivia Jennings, Rochester; Jordan Jennings, Rochester; and three great grandchildren. She also leaves behind two step-daughters, Renate Waldmann, and Sabine (Jorg) Froese-Duill, both of Germany; sister Gerda Zunic, Hamburg, Germany; sister-in-law, Darlene Kommans, Kokomo; five nieces and nephews; and an extended family that includes Lee Moore and companion Christina Birkey, Kokomo and Sally Golightly and husband Ed, Kokomo, She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Edith Pilz, Germany; and brother, Willy Kommans, Kokomo. Ingrid was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.
A celebration of life will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 11, and one hour prior to service Thursday at the funeral home in Kokomo. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kokomo Rescue Mission.