Ingrid Irina Tesch

DERBY — Ingrid Irina Tesch, beloved wife of Guenther Tesch, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 7, at the age of 93. She was surrounded by her loving family in the comfort of their home.

Ingrid is survived by her devoted husband of 67 years, Guenther; her nephews, Bill Troester of Oxford, Michael Troester and his wife, Sheryl, of New Milford, Steven Cardillo and his wife, Lynn, of Seaford, Del., Thomas Cardillo of Ocean Pines, Md.; her niece, Cathy McCarthy and her husband, John, of Ellicott City, MD.; 10 great-nieces and nephews, and six great-great-nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Vera Troester of Sandy Hook, Christine Cardillo of Ellicott City, Md., and brother Herman Rutner of Cambridge, Mass.

Ingrid was born to parents Stefan and Maria (Krasowski) Rutner in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. She grew up in East Prussia, Germany. In March of 1945, she and her family were able to flee on the last plane out before the Russian invasion. They settled in a small town in southern Germany, Markgroningen, where Ingrid met her future husband.

In 1952, the family immigrated to the United States where she married her husband Guenther on October 24, 1953, and resided in Queens Village, N.Y. Ingrid initially worked at the Bulova Watch Company. The couple then moved to Bellerose, Queens, and Westbury, Long Island, where she worked for many years in accounting at the Long Island Press.

During this time, they enjoyed frequent overseas travel, especially to Europe. After their retirement, Ingrid and Guenther moved to Sarasota, Fla., in 1996.

Ingrid was a devoted wife, a warm and loving person who always cared for those who were sick or in need. She was an excellent cook and loved to entertain her many friends and family. She was greatly loved and will be sadly missed by all.

A funeral service took place Friday, November 13, in Three Saints Orthodox Church, 26 Howard Ave., Ansonia. Burial followed in Three Saints Cemetery, Seymour.

Memorial donations may be made to the Three Saints Orthodox Church.

The Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Ave., Ansonia, is in care of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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