Ingrid Anna Fenske Luck



obit-luckSOUTHWEST HARBOR – Ingrid Anna Fenske Luck, 92, died peacefully in her home in Southwest Harbor on Sept. 23, 2016, with family at her side. She was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Potsdam, Germany, daughter of Karl Otto Fenske and Anna Schultz Fenske. She learned to speak fluent English and French, and had hoped to learn more languages and become one of the first female professional translators in Germany, but the start of World War II put an end to that ambition and she spent the war as a schoolteacher.

In the same month the war ended, she met her future husband, Julius O. F. Luck, who was one of the first Americans to enter Berlin. Ingrid ended up in East Germany, and was unable to return to the U.S. with Julius when he was sent back. It took him over two years to certify that she was neither a Nazi nor a Communist, and in May 1948 she flew in to Idlewild Airport and they were married.

Julius was a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Ingrid returned to school, earning her Master’s in English Literature. She taught English at Freehold High School in New Jersey for two years until 1970, when Julius decided to try raising goats and selling goat milk and cheese from a farm in Lamoine. They were way ahead of their time. In 1980, they returned to New Jersey, where Ingrid taught English at Roxbury High School until her retirement in 2001 at the age of 77. Julius died of cancer in 2005, and Ingrid returned to Maine to be with her children and grandchildren.

At the end, her head was still filled with stories, poems, and songs — in many languages — and she delighted in reciting or singing them.

She is survived by her four sons: J. Alexander and R. Gilbert of Southwest Harbor; C. Norman and his wife, Dianne, of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Christopher R. and his wife, Nia, of Somesville. Also her four grandchildren: Melissa and her husband, Jerry Rauen, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Morgan Luck and his wife, Nan, of Westbrook; Madison Luck of Montreal, Canada; and Samantha Luck, of Fredonia, N.Y.

A commemoration of her life will take place sometime in December when we can gather most of our family together.

In lieu of flowers or anything else, please donate anything you can to The Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main St., Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 or The Hancock County SPCA, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605. Those were her two favorite causes, and they’re worthy ones.


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