Inga was born in Kassel, Germany on August 31, 1944 to Willi & 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 US as a model. She learned at Hanover School of Modeling in Hartford, CT where her picture was used as the ad for the school. In 1964, she won Miss Connecticut Model & signed with an agency in NY. She moved to NJ to pursue her career, appearing in various print ads & commercials, while working at Hertz. Later she moved to NYC & 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 & true love a while later. They married in August 1972, but sadly, she was widowed eight short months later. Always in touch with her 3 stepchildren & 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" & 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 which became like sisters, her forever friends Lesley & Jeanette. She eventually met her new love in 1974, a purser on Home Lines. They married in October 1980 & had their only daughter, Daniela, in 1982. Inga made her new life's work raising her daughter to be a kind & generous human being, always demonstrating her own patience & 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 & homecoming dresses, even Dani's wedding gown & bridesmaids' dresses. She loved to draw, paint, decorate, cook, & 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 fiancé after more than 35 years. Unfortunately, after moving to CT & 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, SC, 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 & find the peace she deserves. She leaves behind her daughter Daniela (Arena) Nystrom & son-in-law, Jamie; her mother Alice Jacob; her brother Frank Jacob; & dear friends and countless people whose lives she's touched.
There will be an open house at the home of Jamie & Dani Nystrom on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6-8pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations by credit card to www.brainsupportnetwork.org
or by check mailed to Brain Support Network, PO Box 7264, Menlo Park, CA 94026 or by check mailed to The MSA Coalition, 8311 Brier Creek Parkway, Suite 105-434, Raleigh, NC 27617 to help find a cure for & raise awareness of this devastating illness.