On Monday, June 28th, we said Auf Wiedersehen to Ingrid Emmi Espinda. A long time resident of Albuquerque, died peacefully at Presbyterian Hospital at the age of 81 with her two sons by her side. Born in 1940 in Darmstadt, Germany, the daughter of Walter and Lisa Nicolaus. Ingrid married Sam Espinda and moved to the United States 1960. As the wife of a military career man, they traveled and lived in Hawaii and Japan before settling in Albuquerque in 1976. Ingrid worked as a cashier at the base exchange in both Japan and Hawaii and then a hand engraver and manager at the watch repair shop on Kirtland Air Force Base. Later in her life she was the events coordinator and volunteer for Las Palomas Senior Center. Ingrid was an accomplished hula dancer and Japanese doll maker, a passion she shared and taught her friends and family.
She is survived by her sons: Walter (Samantha) Espinda and John (Jean) Espinda. 12 grandchildren Geri Espinda, Mitchell (Diana) Espinda, Ryan (Vanessa) Espinda, Joey McPhee, Eric (Rose) Espinda, and Rachel Espinda. David Sandoval, Brianna Espinda, Brandon VanRenselaar, Casey Hines, Alton Hines, Aimee (Brian) Skidmore, and 24 great grandchildren.
Sister in law Marianne Nicolaus.
Long time dear friend Julie Lesperance.
She is preceded in death by son Samuel Espinda Jr, daughter Lisa Ann, great grandson James Michael Espinda, and brother Wilhelm Nicolaus.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
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