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German American of the Year 2014

Ingrid im Kreise ihrer Familie: v.l. Tochter Erika Wagner mit Freund Allen Tomsha, Tochter Heidi Wagner mit Ehemann Mark Barre, Schwägerin Hilde Wagner, Schwester Renate Wald mit Ehemann Lothar und Bruder Gary Hensel.  Foto:  Allison Hammer

Ingrid Hensel Stein was nominated by Richard Wagner, GBU Saxonia Rheingold Mixed Chorus, Michigan Sängerbezirk, Austrian Society and the GACC.

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 the Minnesänger.

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 Chicago. 

 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.

 

 

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