In Memory of




Obituary for Ingeborg Elli Jacobs

Ingeborg (Wömpner) Jacobs passed peacefully on December 2, 2021 at the age of 92. Inge was born in Hamm, Germany to Melanie Tröger and Karl Wömpner on August 30, 1929. She was a young girl when Hitler came to power. Her father was in politics and, when the Nazis came looking for him, he fled out the back of the house, and she never saw him again. She was placed in a Hitler youth camp in Poland.

Inge came to the United States in 1956 with her two young sons to reunite with her husband, Wilhelm Frederick Wueste, who had come before them. Unfortunately, he died unexpectedly at a young age. Inge met Edward Firla, and they married, moved to Simsbury, CT and had a son. In 1980, she married Jack Jacobs and moved to Granby and had a second home in Old Lyme. Inge and Jack were always hosting family and friends, including from overseas. Their homes, while fastidiously clean, were always open and encouraged fun and exploration whether it be on the beaches of Old Lyme or the woods in Granby. Their kids and grandkids have many fond memories.
Inge was a fountain of energy. She taught herself English, her first job was at Fitzgerald's Supermarket, and she catered parties on the side with a friend. She worked for many years for Anderson Laboratories on the guidance system for the Patriot missile and medical devices. She was passionate about gardening and picking fruits and vegetables at local farms for baking, canning, and making jelly and jams, and she still had the energy to knit sweaters, scarfs, mittens, and blankets for newborns.

She is survived by two sons William Firla and his wife Patricia of Monroe, CT and Robert Firla and his wife Joanne of Lexington, SC; as well as Jack’s children Howard Jacobs and his wife Emeline of Muriel’s Inlet, SC and Ann Rene Jacobs of Tequesta, FL; her grandchildren Kirsten (Firla) Siegenthaler and her husband Doug, Brian Wueste and his wife Claire , Eric Wueste, Heidi Wueste, Juliette Firla and Sharon and Michael Jacobs; her great grandchildren Margaret and Aubrey Siegenthaler and Luke and Hannah Wueste; and a very special niece Elke and her husband Joachim Paschek of Hamm, Germany. She is preceded by her son Wolfgang Wueste and husband Jack Jacobs.

The family would like to thank the health care professionals, especially at Kimberly Hall North and Seabury's Memory Support Center, who helped care for Inge over the past eight years.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a small ceremony starting at 7:00 PM at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury, CT. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or at Please visit Inge's "Book of Memories" at for online tributes.