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Ina Riddell

May 29, 1923 ~ March 28, 2018

Ina-Maria Grewe Riddell was called home by her creator, for her next assignment, on March 28, 2018.

She was born on May 29, 1923, in Potsdam, Germany, to Hermann Grewe of Recklinghausen, Wesfalia, and Elly Bauer Grewe, only daughter of Wilhelm Bauer and Bertha Maria Kleist Bauer.

Ina grew up and attended schools in Potsdam. Her childhood playground, across the street from her home, was the park and castle of Sans Souci, built by Frederick the Great in the 18th Century.

During WWII, she worked as a secretary in Wannsee, Berlin and Magdeburg. At the end of the war her family had lost their home and Ina was a displaced person in Bavaria.

She was permitted to enter the United States in 1948 and, after learning English and working as a secretary in San Francisco for a few years, became a naturalized American citizen in 1952.

In 1959 Ina married Lowell William Riddell, a widower, who preceded her in death in 1987. The couple had no children. Ina and Lowell were enthusiastic licensed radio amateurs, active in the volunteer Military Affiliated Radio System, providing communications between our boys and girls in the military overseas and their folks at home. They also provided emergency communications in their mobile units between Civil Defense and disaster relief organizations and regular law enforcement.

Ina worked as a secretary for Westinghouse Electric Corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years and retired to Bozeman, Montana, in 1990.  She was an avid reader and used the years of her retirement to follow her passion, the study of ancient and 20th Century European and American history. She regarded Western culture, literature and arts as a most eloquent expression of man’s God-given genius. She deeply believed in the inherent goodness of humanity. Her many friends, her books and her dogs were her life.

No services are planned at this time.

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