Inga Peacock

Inga Elvira (Jacob) Peacock

Inga Elvira (Jacob) Peacock was born in Kassel, Germany on Aug. 31, 1944, to Willi and Alice (Franke) Jacob. A beautiful young lady, at age 16 she posed for a prize winning photo at a city exhibit. After becoming engaged to her first love, an American GI, in 1963 she was sponsored by Lord & Taylor to come to the U.S. as a model. She learned at Hanover School of Modeling in Hartford, Conn. where her picture was used as the ad for the school. In 1964 she won Miss Connecticut Model & signed with an agency in New York. She moved to New Jersey to pursue her career, appearing in various print ads and commercials, while working at Hertz. Later she moved to NYC and worked for VanCleef & Arpels. Before long she became a Bunny at the Playboy Club, even making it into an issue in 1967. She met her first husband and true love a while later. They married in August 1972, but sadly, she was widowed eight short months later. Always in touch with her three stepchildren, and mother-in-law, but in need of a new start, she began work for a friend of her late husband's at Atlantic Maritime. Before long her picture made it into the Encyclopedia Britannica under "Croupier" and she was featured in a New York Times article as the world's first lady croupier on board a cruise ship. Traveling the world, hopping from ship to ship, teaching girls Joker7...she made many friends, two of whom became like sisters, her forever friends Lesley and Jeanette. She eventually met her new love in 1974, a purser on Home Lines. They married in October 1980 and had their only daughter, Daniela, in 1982. Inga made her new life's work raising her daughter to be a kind and generous human being, always demonstrating her own patience and graciousness. When Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida in 1992, Inga made the hour long trip from their home in N. Miami Beach to Homestead every day for months to volunteer with aid efforts. With her "hands of gold" she could make or fix anything. She loved to create, sewing many of Dani's clothes when she was little, as well as her prom and homecoming dresses, even Dani's wedding gown and bridesmaids' dresses. She loved to draw, paint, decorate, cook, and she was really good at it all. When her daughter chose University of Hartford in 2000, Inga's life took a new path as well, being reunited with her former fiance after more than 35 years. Unfortunately after moving to Connecticut and marrying in 2002, having spent her days as a Red Hat or volunteering at Mystic River Homes, in late 2006, Inga started experiencing the symptoms of what was misdiagnosed as Parkinson's. After moving to Charleston, S.C., in 2007, where she overcame breast cancer, she moved to Vermont to live with her daughter and son-in-law in 2010. Her illness was diagnosed in 2012, as Multiple Systems Atrophy, a terrible neurological disorder which essentially traps a sound mind in a body that shuts down. Inga left that body behind on Wednesday January 15, 2014 to go to a place where she can laugh, smile and find the peace she deserves. She leaves behind her daughter, Daniela (Arena) Nystrom and son-in-law, Jamie; her mother, Alice Jacob; her brother, Frank Jacob; and dear friends and countless people whose lives she's touched. There will be an open house at the home of Jamie and Dani Nystrom on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations by credit card online at or by check mailed to Brain Support Network, P.O. Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026, or by check mailed to The MSA Coalition, 8311 BRier Creek Parkway, Suite 105-434, Raleigh, NC 27517 to help find a cure for and raise awareness of this devastating illness.

Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 20, 2014