Ingeborg Elisabeth (Hart) Dickens passed away Sunday, March 24th, 2019. A Dallas resident for over 60 years, Inge was born in Neunkirchen, SAAR, Germany, April 17, 1930. She lived in St Wendel, Germany during her youth and in war-time Germany, through her post-secondary business education, until her immigration to the United States in the mid-1950s. Inge wrote a personal summary of major events in her life. During World War II, German Citizens starved, and she vividly remembered the food shortages. Her notes stated, “Food shortage, Step Mother cooked grass”. Other traumatic events included the Nazi SS questioning her father, and allied bombing causing her family to live in a barn. Finally, under War Years, she mentions “Allies arrive, (there are) supplies of Food, Eggs, Bananas…what a treat!” In the Post War Years, she mentions getting a new coat, immigrating to Canada, working in a Toronto Canada Pharmacy, Moving to Canada (in the late 1950s) to Florida, then Dallas, and meeting her future husband Gene Dickens, then Life w Four Boys, Life in the Restaurant business, Restaurant at Fair Park, and the (Dunfey) Hotel moving up in her career. In her later years she devoted over 10 years nursing her husband Gene with lymphoma. Yet through these years of meager resources, she never complained and made ends meet even in the most austere circumstances. Her terrible experiences in the War obviously shaped her values of love of family, determination and overcoming almost insurmountable challenges. This led to her finishing a post-secondary business school education in Germany and a strong desire to succeed in America. Inge applied that determination and extreme work ethic to her professional goals, and quickly rose through the ranks to become an accomplished business executive; a model immigrant, who rose from modest beginnings as Waitress and then Manager of the widely acclaimed Rheinischerhof Restaurant at St Paul St. in the early 60s, and Operating Manager of Der Fledermaus German Restaurant in Dallas Fair Park at the State Fair, to a Staff Manager and then Executive Director of Food and Beverage Operations at the Dunfey Hotel Chain, Dallas, and then Co-Owner and Operating Manager of the highly successful Vice Versa Restaurant, Sherry Lane, Preston Center. A naturalized US Citizen in 1966 she was a fiercely proud American. Inge’s German family in St Wendel includes her cousin Matta, loving nephew Manfred and his wife Dagmar, and son Dennis Jung who reside there today. She married Eugene G. Dickens in 1961 (deceased 2008), and immediately became mother to his four sons Eugene G Jr “Gil”, Mark, Steve and Ray Dickens. Inge is also survived by her loving daughter in law Susan Dickens of Mason Neck, Virgina; devoted niece Vicki Taylor, and Brother in Law Bob Taylor of Hurst Texas. Inge and Gene, who was a professional musician/ engineer, became a recognized team in their respective Dallas entertainment communities. She was a caring, loving friend to family, neighbors, clients and staff alike, always providing encouragement and optimism to all. She was an intensely devoted Grandmother to Mike, James and Laura Dickens, and Great Grandmother to Emma, and twins Anna and Joaquin Sanchez of Mason Neck, VA, and Zack Dickens of Springfield, VA. Inge leaves many broken hearts in the Greater Dallas, national, German, and church communities, including St Rita’s Parrish of Dallas. Although she was accomplished, she’ll be sorely missed for her caring, dependable friendship. Everyone that met her, even for a short time, was drawn to her friendly smile, warmth, willingness to listen, engage and offer a kind word to family, friends, acquaintances, and people from all walks of life. Many of her staff from decades past kept in touch with her and fondly remembered her strong yet personable management style.
A Memorial Mass will be held on April 25th, 12-1PM at St Rita’s Church, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75244. Parking is in front of the Administrative Building, with a bridge over a creek in front, at the first church entrance off Inwood. The church is down a long walkway, over the bridge, that leads between the Administrative and School buildings. The Memorial Reception, at 1-230PM, will be in the “Commons” rooms near the church and will be announced at the service. Attendees are welcome to attend either or both the Mass and Memorial Reception. Please call the St Rita’s receptionist at (972) 934-8388 for further questions.