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Ingrid S. Girkout

April 24, 1929 - July 21, 2015

Service Date: August 5, 2015

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial mass at 10:30, August 5th at Saint Anthony’s Church in Novato followed by a reception at the Presidio Yacht Club, 679 Sommerville Rd., Sausalito. (located at Fort Baker under the east side of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge on Horshoe Cove.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice By the Bay.

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Ingrid Girkout, a vibrant and generous homemaker, passed away peacefully among family and friends on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. She was 86 years old. She was born in Riga, Latvia, on April 24, 1929 to Hans and Ilona Staack. Her multilingual father served as a soldier interpreter for the German army. During World War II, she and her mother moved as displaced persons to Poland and thence to what became the U.S. Zone of Germany.
Being fluent in both English and German, she became a telephone switchboard operator at the U.S. Air Forces Headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany. It was there that she met her future husband, Donald, who was a U.S. Air Force Sergeant stationed in Germany.
After their marriage in Germany, Ingrid, Don, and their growing family moved to San Antonio, Texas. Due to her husband’s career in the Air Force, they moved an additional six times. The family moved a final time to Novato, California, where Don retired from the Air Force at Hamilton AFB.
Ingrid’s hobbies included cooking, needlework, sewing, quilting and active sports such as fitness, sailing and skiing. Her worldly travels extended across Europe, Asia, and Africa; from Thailand to Hong Kong, Kenya to Tokyo with a three year residence in Saudi Arabia.
Ingrid was known for her generous and adventurous spirit, her talents, creativity, and passion for life. She was beloved by her friends and was kind and brought happiness to many.
She is survived by her husband, Donald, her five children, Diane Parlanti (Jim), Michael (Brenda), Steven, Karena Fritz (John) and Jeff (Chrissy) as well as nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to a memorial mass at 10:30 AM, August 5th at Saint Anthony’s Church in Novato followed by a reception at the Presidio Yacht Club at Fort Baker, 679 Sommerville Rd., Sausalito. (located under the east side of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge on Horshoe Cove.)
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice By the Bay.