Irmgard Heidepeter

Irmgard Maria Syzbinski Heidepeter peacefully went to heaven on April 20, 2019 surrounded by her family at the Villa in Coronado.

She was born Dec. 18, 1928, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. She married Kurt F. Heidepeter in Nov. 1951. In 1953, with their 10 month old daughter-Beate Margarete, they immigrated to the United States, settling in Toledo, Ohio, where their sponsors lived. Irmgard, worked, learned English, had two more daughters (Karin Louise and Debora Kay Christel) while her husband was drafted into the U.S. Army at Fort Knox and shipped overseas to Europe. In 1959, Kurt traveled to San Diego to work at NASSCO, and Irmgard closed their home, boarded a train with her three daughters and followed Kurt to San Diego, where their last child, Hans Norbert was born in Chula Vista.

Irmgard’s trade was a seamstress and furrier. Staying at home, she sewed for people, made and repaired fur coats and raised her four children. She also joined a bowling league where she excelled and won numerous trophies and cash awards for her skill.

In 1969 Irmgard joined the Order of Eastern Star, becoming worthy matron, not once but four times. She became the Deputy Grand Matron in the 80s, and traveled the state of California with her husband Kurt, visiting every O.E.S. Chapter. Both were active in the Masonic family until a few years ago when Irmgard became ill and could no longer participate in functions.

Irmgard was a vivacious, friendly, creative, hardworking and a loving mother. She was kind and gentle, loved her family immensely, and at the same time, missed her family in Germany. She taught her children well, loved being active in O.E.S., and taking Sunday drives with Kurt. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren with unconditional affection; and now she will be missed by all that knew her.

Rest in Peace Mom, watch over us. You are our beloved angel.

Irmgard is survived by her husband Kurt; her children Beate, Karin, Deborah Kay (Debbie) and Hans; plus six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

A service will be held at the Claude H Morrison Lodge in San Diego. The date will be announced. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children by logging onto this web page: In your comments, please request your donation be sent to the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital for Children.