Irmgard M. Orr - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Irmgard M. Orr

Irmgard M. Orr, age 95, of Newark. DE, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2023. She was born in Regensburg, Germany in 1927.

While she was a student in her early teens, she worked after school picking hops with her classmates during WW2. She enjoyed playing the accordion and going to the opera with her friends.

After successfully completing schooling through the German education system, she attended a private business school and then she worked as an identity card action secretary for the Criminal Investigation Department of Regensburg.

In 1944 in Germany, she met the love of her life, an American soldier, who was headed to Normandy, France with her photo and the sound of the song “Komm zurück” (Come back).

Her love, Cpl Handley D. Orr, reunited with her in Regensburg after completing his mission in Normandy and in May 1947 they obtained permission to marry. At the end of 1947 they sailed from Bremerhaven on the Willard Holbrook to the US where they raised 3 wonderful sons and 1 lovely daughter.

Irmgard was a beautiful, kind, loving mother, and a devoted wife. She worked alongside her husband by assisting him and contributing to the success of their two businesses in Delaware. She was incredibly thoughtful, and she always put her husband and children first. She had the biggest heart, and she was always willing to help. She and Handley were members of the Delaware Saengerbund during the early 1970’s – mid-1990’s and they enjoyed attending the club events and spending time there with friends. She remained fluent in the German language and oftentimes prepared German meals. She was also a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church and she assisted with OLF school functions. She loved the outdoors, shoveling snow, gardening, and she took great pride in a beautifully manicured yard. She liked clothing shopping and always dressed like a lady- she truly was a lady.

After 23 years, 9 months, and 20 days of missing her one and only true love, Handley, they are now together forever in Heaven with the Lord.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Accent Care Hospice and CCHS for the amazing care they provided Irmgard in her final days.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Irmgard’s memory to Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 North DuPont Boulevard, New Castle, DE 19720.


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8 Condolences for Irmgard M. Orr

  • So sorry for your loss. Mrs Orr was a kind beautiful Classy woman, One of a kind for sure, she will be missed

  • I am so very sorry for your great loss Linda,
    May God rest her soul in heaven, and grant you and your beloved family comfort and peace
    Please accept my deepest condolences
    My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you and your beloved family

  • We are so sorry for your loss. I’m so happy that she is with the Love of her life; “In the arms of Our Dear Lord” !!!!!!
    Much Love & God Bless
    Uncle Rich & Aunt Susan

  • My deepest sympathy to you Linda for the loss of your beautiful Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brothers during this difficult time.

  • So sorry for the loss of your Mom, she was one of the kindest women I have known. She will be sadly missed by many. She was a great Mother in law and friend. She is now reunited with Husband and son, Stephen. Rest in peace.

  • Dave & Lisa and Sons,
    I am so sorry for your loss, Mom Orr will be missed very much. She was a sweet person who just fit right in to our family. She loved us as much as we loved her. Keep the Happy, Funny Moment’s alive.
    Love you guys
    Roni, Chandler and Tyler.

  • Thoughts and prayers to the family may God bless, Steve Pedrick

  • Davie, Linda & rest of the family,
    I am sorry to hear that your Mom has passed. Our Mom’s has a great neighborhood & Garden Club! We really were lucky to have such a wonderful neighborhood family! God Bless, May you find some comfort in knowing they will be reunited with friends & family!! Hugs!
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