Ingrid Hensel Stein was nominated by Richard Wagner, GBU Saxonia
Rheingold Mixed Chorus, Michigan Sängerbezirk, Austrian Society and the
Ingrid immigrated to the United States with her parents Ewald and Edith
Hensel and sister, Renate (Lothar) in April 1952. Her brother Gerhard
was born in Lansing.
Her parents being actively associated with several German Clubs–inspired
Ingrid to do the same and in this way pass her heritage on to her
daughters Heidi (Mark) and Erika Wagner.
Ingrid joined the Austrian Society in 1968, and then danced in the Grand
March & Polonaise at the Viennese Strauss Ball, of which she is now the
Assistant Director. Ingrid served on Board of Directors, being second
Treasurer, Delegate to the GACC, Ticket chairperson of Abend in Wien and
Austrian Gündungssfeier. She and her late husband, Herbert Stein,
organized the Children’s Christmas Plays and bought gifts for all
children. She and her daughter, Erika, continue to buy the toys and lead
the Children’s parade at the Waldfest and Deutsche Tag.
In 1983 she became a member of the German-American Cultural Center and
the Ladies Auxiliary. Her volunteering includes being: Recording
Secretary, Trustee, Ticket chairperson for the Grand Holiday Ball,
Fashion Show, and German American Day.
As a singing member of the GBU Saxonia–Rheingold Mixed Choir since 1993,
her activities have included being a Trustee, Ticket Chairperson for the
Karneval and Delegate to the Michigan Sängerbezirk. She also sings with
As a member of the Carpathia Club, Ingrid has donated her time at
festivals, kitchen help and selling fish fry tickets. The Schwaben
Ladies is another club she supports.
To keep alive the German Heritage Ingrid has organized bus trips to
Milwaukee German Fest and Christkindel Markets in Kitchener and
She credits her work at the Nordamerikanische Wochen-Post; celebrating
160 years, as the best way to keep German Traditions and activities
alive. Printing a German Language Paper continues to bring members of
the German Community together.
Her motto has always been, if Mutti and Papa can come to the U.S. and
make a mark there is nothing that should stop me!
This year she was nominated and received the “Frances B. Madison Award”
from GBU Financial Fraternity headquartered in Pittsburg, PA.