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Ingrid McCurdy
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INGRID (NEE WEILAND ) AGE 76 ON MAY 10, 2018 Born March 2, 1942, in Altena and raised in Luedenscheid, Germany, Ingrid McCurdy (née Weiland) survived World War II with a memory of experiencing her first taste of chocolate when the occupying American soldiers quartered in her family’s apartment gave her a Hershey bar.

In 1955, Ingrid and her family crossed the North Atlantic on the S.S. America to New York City, winding up in Minneapolis where her father took a job as an engraver. Ingrid graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in architecture, the only woman in her class to graduate at a time when women were rare in the profession. Later, Ingrid followed her family to Delaware County where her father was a Master Engraver with the Franklin Mint. She drafted blueprints and project renderings for Stonorov & Haws in Center City and then for various firms as a freelance architect.

In 1972, Ingrid married Donald McCurdy, a lawyer in Media, Delaware County, a Navy helicopter pilot and State Representative. Ingrid, their son Anthony, and newborn daughter Karin accompanied Don on the campaign trail, sparking Ingrid’s interest in local politics and community action. Her involvement even brought her to the Oval Office with a guided tour of the White House by Don’s Navy pal Ed Nixon, younger brother of the President. (Ingrid long suspected her visit was one of the more mundane moments erased from the Nixon tapes.)

After their youngest son Ian was born, Ingrid shifted her focus from architecture to community involvement. Ingrid actively supported Springfield school activities, Girl Scouts (including troop leadership), and Boy Scouts, but then took this investment in children’s development and education to the next level by advocating for the German program in Springfield High School and even volunteering as an interim German teacher, which led the district to expand the German program.

Early in their relationship, Ingrid and Don took a trip in a Volvo station wagon along Skyline Drive and fell in love with camping. Ingrid shared this love with Don and their children, overnighting in tents and various VW campers all over the US and Canada. Ingrid traveled back to Germany several times to visit relatives, often speaking in her native tongue and translating for Don, and most recently when her children were college exchange students. While traveling, Ingrid always had a camera with her, a habit and hobby she picked up from her own father.

Never one to do things halfway (Ingrid often invoked the family motto, “Don’t do; overdo”), Ingrid was an avid gardener and landscaper, always having a substantial vegetable garden, flowers anywhere they could fit, and Japanese-style plantings interspersed through the stone walls she built (and rebuilt) by hand. Her “growies” took up more space in the house than she would have liked, but she couldn’t bear to get rid of them.

Ingrid was active in the Springfield community and served as president of the Springfield League of Women Voters. She also made very sure that her voice was heard at School Board meetings, Zoning Commission meetings, and Commissioners meetings, often to the chagrin of the board members as Ingrid fought the good fight against overdevelopment in Springfield. Most recently, Ingrid served as office manager, secretary, landlord, and jack-of-all-trades in Don’s law practice and accompanied Don to Harrisburg when he served on the Ethics Commission. Ingrid’s willingness to take on the cause and constantly advocate for others inspired her children and grandchildren to always work their hardest to do the same.

Clients, tenants, friends and colleagues were always taken by Ingrid’s wonderful smile, kindness, and generosity. Ingrid was never one to hold back on what was important to her, her family, and to her community, but she always spoke in a measured, diplomatic, and intelligent manner. She was also an incredibly smart and capable woman--someone we might now term a “maker” who could fix things when they needed fixing. In post-war Germany, when everything was sparse, her father let his young daughter take apart the family’s radio and figure out how to put it back together. As a young woman in Minnesota, she would take out her own car battery to keep it from freezing overnight. She could change a tire, fix a toilet, design an addition, and prepare a holiday dinner for twenty. Ingrid was pretty damned amazing.

Following her own mother’s wonderful example, the avocation nearest to Ingrid’s heart was spending time with and taking care of her husband, her grown children and their spouses, grand-dogs, and most importantly her six grandchildren. She was and will always remain the absolute center of her family.

Ingrid left us far too early and will be sorely missed by her loving husband of 46 years, her children, and her grandchildren, to whom she was known as “Omi,” which is German for grandmother and the role she was most proud of.
Beloved wife of Donald M. McCurdy, Esq of Springfield . Devoted mother of Anthony (Heather), Karin I. Melfi (Chris), and Ian F. (Alaina). Also survived by her grandchildren Paige, Madeleine, Sabina Ingrid Melfi, Kira Margaret Melfi, Justine Erika Melfi and Ethan, her sister Doris Acuna (Victor), her brother William Weiland (Monica) and several nieces and nephews



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