PRUGGER: Ingebjørg of ISLANTILLA Formerly of SASKATOON
PRUGGER, Ingebjørg / Inge (nee ROTNES) – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ingebjørg (Inge) Prugger on July 11, 2016 in El Escorial, Spain. Ingebjørg is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Friedrich (Fritz), daughter Astri (John McGaughey), and sons Arnfinn (Lindsay Embree) and Fritz Jr. (Pilar Arizaga). She was a much loved “Mamou” to grand-daughters Anna, Clara, Katrina, Gabriela and Camila. Ingebjørg will be missed by her sister Grete Skomedal, brother Bernhard Rotnes, sister-in-law Bente Rotnes, brother-in-law Ferdinand (Feri) Prugger and their families. Ingebjørg is predeceased by her parents Jens and Astri Rotnes, and by her brothers Johan and Tore.
Born in Kirkenes, Norway on February 14, 1938, Ingebjørg grew up in a war-torn, occupied region of the World, well north of the Arctic Circle near the Russian border. During these early years the Rotnes family endured many things that most would consider extreme hardships, but they managed to find great happiness in one another’s company, led by the steadiness of father Jens and the wonderful good humour of mother Astri. In 1955 Ingebjørg met young Austrian mining student Fritz Prugger when he went to Kirkenes for a summer job, and they were married by 1957, the year that son Arnfinn was born. In 1960 Inge and Arnfinn joined Fritz in Esterhazy, Canada, where the young family became part of the fledgling potash industry that was being developed in Saskatchewan at that time. Daughter Astri was born in Esterhazy in 1962. In 1964 the family moved to Saskatoon where they stayed for the next 16 years. Son Fritz Jr. was born in Saskatoon in 1965. During this time Inge’s focus was on her family, raising her children to have a strong compassion for all people, and a well developed sense of social conscience and social responsibility. She also managed to fine-tune her magnificent knitting abilities and her tremendous story-telling abilities during this time in Saskatoon. In 1980 Fritz and Ingebjørg left Canada for Spain, living in a variety of places there for the next two decades. They eventually settled in the coastal village of Islantilla on the Gulf of Cadiz in 2000, enjoying a sedate life with the company of the many cats who moved in with them over the years. It was during this time that the five grand-daughters came into her life – “Mamou” Inge helped with many of the children when they were small, often entertaining them with her wonderful stories. Ingebjørg suffered from degenerative dementia in recent years, so she was not able to participate in her later life as much as we all wanted her to. The family wishes to thank everyone who helped with Ingebjørg’s care over the past few years, notably homecare nurse Juani Correa Garcia, the staff and volunteers at ASOIFAL (La Asociación Isleña de Familiares de Enfermos de Alzheimer y otras Demencias) in Isla Christina, and staff at Residencia Novo Escorial, who all worked hard to make Inge’s later life as comfortable as they could. Ingebjørg was cremated at a small private ceremony in El Escorial on July 12, 2016. The family will organize memorial services in future. We all miss our Mamma very, very much.