Wellington Artist Corinne Ingerman Dies At Age 88

Corinne Ingerman

Corinne Ingerman passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5. She was born in Philadelphia in 1930, in the throes of the Great Depression, to Albert and Dora Schwait. She attended Olney High School in Philadelphia and met her future husband, Albert Ingerman, shortly after her graduation in 1948. They married in May 1949, when Corinne was 19.

The Ingermans enjoyed 61 happy years together. They had two children, Michele and Mark. Ingerman was a homemaker, devoted to her husband and children. She always regretted that her family could not afford to send her to college, so she encouraged her children to seek higher education. Her daughter became a lawyer, and her son became a doctor. What Jewish mother could ask for more?

Ingerman was a lifelong swimmer and played tennis competitively at Idle Hour Tennis Club in Drexel Hill, Pa. She also was a devoted bridge player her entire life, constantly honing her skills with bridge lessons and Charles Goren at her side.

After moving to Florida in the mid 1970s, Ingerman continued playing tennis and bridge, finding new partners and expanding her social circle. But it was in Palm Beach County where her career as an artist blossomed.

Art was her true passion. She focused seriously on her career as an artist after her children left the nest. She took classes at Philadelphia College of Art and volunteered at Elwyn Institute, where she taught art to disabled children. She built an art studio onto her home and painted prolifically.

Ingerman displayed her paintings all over her home, sold many commercially and exhibited her works at various galleries around Palm Beach County. She won numerous prizes for her art. In addition, Ingerman was a founding member of the Wellington Art Society. She played an active role in the society until she returned to Philadelphia in 2016. She spearheaded many projects, including a large-scale undertaking in which local artists decorated the children’s wing of a local hospital.

After her children were grown, Ingerman and her husband traveled throughout the United States and abroad. Despite her active schedule, she always made time for annual trips to the Pacific Northwest and to Philadelphia to see her children and grandchildren. Ingerman was known as “nan” to six grandchildren, and despite the geographical distance between them, always maintained a very close relationship with all six grandchildren. In recent years, she welcomed seven great-grandchildren into the family.

Ingerman took her Jewish faith seriously. Until her move back to Philadelphia, she was an active member of Temple Beth Torah in Wellington, where she served on the board of directors for many years and was a fixture at Friday night services.

Ingerman is survived by her brother, Allen Schwait; daughter, Michele Grable (husband Bill); and son, Mark Ingerman (wife, Becky); her grandchildren, Katherine Walter (Michael), Andrew Hallman (Kim), Julia Hallman (Aaron Rubin), Lindsey James (Drew), Sarah Ingerman (Ty Thiele) and Kyle Ingerman; and seven great-grandchildren.

There will be a private interment at Eternal Light Memorial Gardens in Boynton Beach. A memorial service will be held at Temple Beth Torah sometime in late winter.

For details on the memorial service, contact administrator@templebethtorah.net.