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Irmgard Dormanns Burling


1925 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
June 11, 1925 - June 28, 2017 Our beloved mother, Irmgard, has died at age 92, from kidney failure. She ended her journey in this life, as she wanted, in her own bed and with family and friends around her. Born in Cologne Germany, to Hildegard and Jacob Dormanns, Irmgard was the oldest of 4 children (Wilma (deceased), Rolf, and Albert). Irmgard achieved a college degree in early childhood education, and used this training during the difficult years around World War II. She spent a significant part of the war years in the mountains of Austria, where she worked in boarding schools caring for children who had been moved out of harm's way In 1954, with a spirit of adventure and searching for a better life than post war Germany offered her, Irmgard immigrated to the USA.. Settling in LA, she initially worked as an au pair, and later in insurance. Irmgard was a passionate outdoorswoman, and loved to ice skate, hike, and ski. She joined the Sierra Club and met Vernon Burling whom she married in 1956. They built their family home in LA and with arrival of daughters, Kristina in 1959 and Elke in 1966, Irmgard enjoyed her favorite role - mom and homemaker. Irmgard was very creative, civic minded, and embraced volunteerism. She did ceramics, enameling, jewelry making, and loved to sew. During the lean years around WW II she created stylish clothes out of whatever materials she could find often remaking new clothes from old. She made most of her daughters clothes and continued to sew until late in life. Some of Irmgard's special dresses, ultimately back in style; have been worn by her daughters. She was a voracious reader, and supported local libraries as a volunteer. Always a thrifty consumer, Irmgard volunteered for many years with the city of LA on a consumer hotline, assisting consumers to resolve their problems . She also volunteered with the Red Cross, and during elections as a poll worker. During retirement, Irmgard and Vern traveled widely, visiting many countries in Europe, Central America, and Alaska. They continued to lead a quiet and comfortable life in their home for over 59 years until Vern's death in 2016. Limited more the last years of her life by dialysis, Irmgard still had time to enjoy family events, local outings, and importantly, get to know her beloved granddaughters. Ultimately, dialysis became too much to endure and Irmgard made a final and courageous decision to stop her treatment. Irmgard is survived by her daughters, Kristina and Elke (David Dupuis), granddaughters, Chloe and Danika, and brothers Rolf and Albert Dormanns of Germany and their families. Many dear neighbors and friends are part of her extended family, including her dear Vicky, who made sure Irmgard was comfortable, laughing and could always could get out to her beloved garden and to Macy's to find her next bargain! A celebration of Irmgard's life will be held Sunday, August 6th from 3-6 pm. Please contact Kristina for location at 408-499-4485. Flowers are lovely but consider making a donation to the in Irmgard's memory. Rest in peace and free from pain. Your spirit will live on among us who love you.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 2, 2017
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