Ingeborg Charlotte Bush
Ingeborg Charlotte Bush
  • March 4, 1920 - April 11, 2017
  • Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Ingeborg Charlotte Bush, 97, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at PruittHealth Blythewood. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting with funeral services, which will take place in a private family ceremony at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday, April 17, 2017.

"Inge" Bush was born March 4, 1920, to Johannes and Emmy Reimer in Heide, a small town in Schleswig-Holstein near the northern tip of Germany, not far from the Danish border. Excelling in her school studies throughout childhood and her teen years, she aspired to a professional career and dreamt of life and adventures in the big city. She moved to Berlin as a young woman and found successful secretarial employment with the Siemens company, where her intelligence and competence was quickly recognized. Having studied Spanish intensively in night school, Inge had become fluent enough that she was granted a transfer to Siemens' affiliate in Madrid, Spain in the spring of 1943. She always considered this one of the singularly fortunate turns in her life, as conditions in Berlin had grown ever more dire as World War Two progressed, with nightly bombing raids by the Allies increasing and shortages growing more severe. Inge continued to live and work in Madrid well past the end of the war, for about a decade. In 1953, Inge emigrated with her son John to the United States, and eventually found employment with the McGraw-Hill publishing company in New York City. There she met Newell Bush, whom she married in 1959, and who predeceased her in 2006. In 1967 the family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Inge lived most of the rest of her life. After her second child left for college, Inge Bush enthusiastically went back to work in her 60s, working as a translator for a number of German textile-machinery companies doing business in the Charlotte area, her longest association being with American Barmag. She continued to do complicated technical translation jobs even past the age of eighty. Ingeborg Bush loved classical music and enjoyed attending Charlotte Symphony and chamber music concerts in the Charlotte area. She also loved to travel and instilled that spirit and sense of the wider world out there in her children. She was very supportive and proud of her two sons as they pursued careers in science and music, respectively.

Survivors include her sons, John Caldwell of Fort Davis, Texas, and Phillip Bush of Columbia, S.C.; daughters-in-law, Anneke Caldwell and Lynn Kompass Bush; and grandchildren Celeste Caldwell, Julius Caldwell, Alexa Caldwell, and Spencer Bush. Announcement of a memorial concert in Charlotte in Mrs. Bush's honor will be made at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, tax-deductible donations in Ingeborg Bush's memory may be made to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra at

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