Caroline Theresa Hingsbergen, 76, of Delaware, Ohio passed away peacefully Tuesday evening July 9, 2013 at Mount Carmel St. Ann's Hospital of respiratory failure.
She was born to Thomas and Bernadette (Bordenet) Kramer in Washington, Indiana on October 15, 1936. Soon after, they moved to Hamilton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her younger brother Timothy and is survived by a brother, Thomas and a sister, Catherine.
In Hamilton she met Joseph Hingsbergen at St. Stephens Church, who fell in love with her at first sight. The couple had seven children of whom Caroline was very proud: Dr. Elizabeth Hingsbergen (Kate Anderson) of Columbus, Ohio, Edward Hingsbergen of Sunbury, Ohio, Joan Stroot of Paris, Ill., Lois Invernizzi (Javier) of Galena Ohio, Robert Hingsbergen (Dr. Renee Yap) of Chicago, Ill., Kathleen Burke (Sean) of Delaware Ohio, and Gregory Hingsbergen (Julie) of San Rafael Calif. She had 10 grandchildren who were the delight of her heart: Jacob Egan, Sara Hingsbergen, Kelly Egan, Daniel Egan, Isabelle Invernizzi, Lucas Invernizzi, Perry Hingsbergen, Jackson Hingsbergen, Alexander Hingsbergen and Maeve Burke.
The family lived in Hamilton until 1972 when they moved to Paris, Ill. Over the years Caroline was involved in many activities with her children, serving as a cub scout den leader and girl scout leader. She also taught them to bake and sew and instilled in them a love of musicals.
Caroline and Joe participated in musical theater and choral groups in all of the towns they lived in, including the Hamilton Rotary Rebels, the Delaware Theater Association and the Delaware Community Chorus. They were also very involved in church choir, with Caroline performing the Ave Maria as a soloist at midnight Mass several times. Caroline and Joe also performed a duet of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for local revues.
While in Hamilton, Caroline worked at GE, a job she loved and spoke of often. After the family relocated to Paris, she worked for the law firm Dilavue, Overacre, Asher, Bonaldi and Smith. In Delaware she worked as legal secretary for Tony Heald at Heald and Long Law Offices until her retirement in 2010.
Caroline loved to play bridge, playing in both duplicate and contract bridge clubs and with a ladies' singles group. Over the years, Caroline sewed clothes for her children and grandchildren, including a wedding dress for her daughter Joan. Her love of crafts led to her involvement with polymer clay and membership in The Columbus Polymer Clay Guild, where she served as librarian.
When people think of Caroline, they remember her smile and her constant singing. She was a beautiful woman inside and out who loved her husband and children very much.
Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Robinson Funeral Home, Delaware where a prayer vigil will be held at 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Watson as celebrant. Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed at www.robinsonfuneralhomeinc.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware, Ohio, 43015 or Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR., 72202 or www.heifer.org.