Inge Bradburn

Feb. 3, 1934 - Nov. 14, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Inge Emma (Saage) Bradburn, 79, died peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, following a long bout with cancer. It was a fight she waged with courage and determination. As she had lived her life, Inge died on her own terms, at her South Bend home, with those she loved at her bedside. Inge was born Feb. 3, 1934, in Berlin, Germany, to Fritz and Margarete (Braune) Saage. Growing up, she experienced the terrors of World War II and the invasion of Russian troops near the end of that conflict. She prided herself on her work ethic and labored long hours to support herself and her family. As a young German woman, she became a seamstress and honed that skill to perfection. In 1957 Inge met and married a young American G.I. named Garry Bradburn. She emigrated to the United States on May 6, 1958, just a few years before construction of the Berlin Wall, and took pride in her U.S. citizenship. Early in her South Bend life, Inge launched her own business, Inge's Spic & Span Cleaning Service. She soon developed a long list of residential and commercial customers. She continued in that work long past the age when others retired. Until just a few months before her death, Inge kept her schedule for a handful of customers who over the years had become close friends. Being there for the people who counted on her was important to Inge. Surely many of her cleaning service clients had not realized when they hired her that they were beginning a genuine friendship that would last for decades. As hard as Inge worked, she also enjoyed her free time. First and foremost were her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed taking classes and going to seminars through Brainworks and the University of Notre Dame. She loved everything German and regularly read German newspapers and magazines, priding herself on her ability to stay fluent in her native tongue more than 50 years after leaving home. Inge loved going to breakfast on Tuesdays, when she could speak German with her "Dank Club" friends. She loved bargain shopping for treasures and shopping at Aldi's for chocolates, stollen and other German-made treats. Inge was one of those rare people who could carry on a good conversation about anything because she was interested in everything and knew how to tell a good story or two about any topic. Inge liked gardening, watching the birds, visiting with the neighbors' cats that came to her yard and just sitting outside on her patio, drinking coffee and eating her favorite sweets. She had a special fondness for animals, which was enthusiastically returned by the pets of her clients. Inge was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Manfred and Werner Saage, and a sister, Helga Koves. She is survived by two brothers, Helmut and Fritz Saage, both of Germany; two sisters, Judy Reddick, of Rincon, Ga., and Ursula Gierlich, of Germany; her sons, Heiner Saage, of Florida; and Ronny Bradburn, David (Marcy) Bradburn and Steven Bradburn, all of South Bend; three grandchildren, David Bradburn, Ashley Bradburn and Cheryl Olenik; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the . Visitation, 2-8 p.m. Monday, November 18, 2013, Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana. Funeral Service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Kaniewski Funeral Home, where friends may visit one hour prior the funeral. To send condolences online, please visit Kaniewski.com.

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Kaniewski Funeral Homes
3545 North Bendix Drive South Bend, IN 46628
(574) 277-4444

Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 16, 2013