Ingrid Christ Middleton, 95, passed from this Earth on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, in the presence of family. She resided for the past eleven years at Shenandoah Place in New Market, Virginia, where she received loving care. Previously she lived in Hicksville, NY, Shelburne Falls, MA and Whiting, NJ. She was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market, VA.
She was born Ingrid Ida Asta Berndt on May 7, 1922, in Bremerhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany to Elsie and Richard Berndt. She moved with them to America when she was three years old. In 1942, she married John Henry Christ, and they had four children. In 1973, she married Leon Ralph Middleton, who was the husband of John's sister Margaret and enjoyed more than 25 years of life with him.
Ingrid was known for her courage, grace, generosity, and her wit, which she showed right to the end. She worked as a bank teller and later a bookkeeper for a travel agency and was also known for being an excellent household manager, down to the last crumb. She never met a stranger. She visited 48 out of the 50 states, with no desire to ever set foot in Kansas. She loved a good argument as much as a good book and passed her love of Jeopardy on to her great-grandchildren.
She is survived by three children, Dorothy Lagerroos (Tom McNurlin), Susan (Tom) Brown, and Rick Christ (Rachel Arthur); and a sister Eleanor Reidlinger. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; Diana (Bob) Mulcahy, Bob (Kim) Loken, Rebecca (Steven) Alwine, Elizabeth (Ricky) Golladay, Maggie Christ, John Christ, and Jayden Arthur.
She was very proud to have so many call her "Oma" and "Grandma," including seven great-grandchildren, more nieces and nephews than she could count on one hand, and an extended step-family of Christs and Middletons. She was preceded in death by her husbands, daughter Jean Loken, stepson Jerry Christ, and a stillborn grandchild Matthew Christ.
Ingrid donated her body to medical research, which her great-grandchildren think is "really cool." A memorial service is planned for later this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Second Chance for Life Foundation P.O. Box 131462 Roseville, Minnesota 55113; a heart transplant support group.