Ingrid was born on June 28, 1938 in Zezulin as the daughter of Arthur Goltz and Wanda Goltz, nee Freiter. The family was resettled and later, in 1945 landed in the Ostpriegnitz, where they settled on a remote farmstead, Waldhof. Here they found contact with other Baptists, and developed a vibrant community of believers with much singing and studying the Word. At the age of 13, Ingrid went to evangelistic tent meetings and accepted the Lord Jesus as her Savior.
In 1955 she studied finance at a college in Gotha, although it was not always easy in terms of being subjected to political observation. In 1958 she came to Zepernick near Berlin, where she worked as head of the finance department, and was active in youth, Sunday school and the church choir. Philippians 4:4 became her favorite Bible verse.
In 1964 she was called to the Ministry of Finance in Berlin, where she worked until 1990. The marriage with her husband Ingo Schmalz produced 2 daughters, Siri and Marit. The family enjoyed the outdoors as much as possible and was able to travel to different countries. In connection with the political circumstances her husband completely turned away from the faith, which finally resulted in divorce in 1993, without her consent.
While visiting her relatives in the same year in Calgary, she attended a “Glaubenskonferenz” at Zion Baptist Church in Edmonton, and there met Arthur Wohlgemuth. A new love was born, culminating in a romantic engagement on Spirit Island (Jasper) on August 26, 1996, and marriage on June 14, 1997.
In 2008 the couple (10 years married) together with Arthur’s mother (100 years old) were able to celebrate a double anniversary on a cruise ship in Hawaii.
In the ensuing years Ingrid, together with her husband was able to enjoy much travel to different countries, from Israel to Hawaii and Alaska and Norway, and much in-between, mainly her beloved Germany.
Ingrid’s prayer life centered around the goodness of the Lord in her life, especially his grace during open heart surgery 3 years ago, as well as her family and the sick.
As her health declined in the years of the Covid19 pandemic, in the untenable situation of finding herself between a rock and a hard place: a bleeding intestine and atrial fibrillation, she suffered a stroke on March 28,’22, which left her paralyzed on the left side and unable to swallow. She loved her husband Arthur dearly. Her unproblematic, disarming disposition and smile made many people happy.
On May 20, 2022 she passed – relieved of the fight – from suffering to release into the loving care of Jesus, her Lord and Savior, forever more. She leaves behind her loving and mourning husband Arthur, her daughters Siri (Raik, Pia) and Marit (Frank, Philip, Maja), her sister Elfriede (Bernhard), her nieces Simone and Carmen (with their families), relatives and friends.
Jesus said: “because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14:19b). That is our faith.
– Auf Wiedersehen! –
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