The Deborah "Ingy" Ingersoll Memorial Scholarship Fund
an actor, a person, and friend- unlike anyone else before you. A friend like you is truly one in a million and I couldn't have asked for a better one! .
I was at a play with the friend who had previously introduced us. We ran into Ingy after the show talking to the actors and she came over and gave me the biggest, most caring hug like we'd known each other forever. I'm terrible with faces and it had been a couple months, so I probably wouldn't have even recognized her, but she remembered me and she cared. Because Ingy always cares. If anyone wants to know how to get so many people to love you the way everyone truly loves Ingy, then the answer is easy: just love everyone. Truly a pure heart of gold and a beacon of joy in this world. .
She has shared this joy with me since 7th grade when her sister and I became partners, buddies and pals. From “Eagle and the Hawk” to “Glorious”, feeling the Universe and my heart will forever hear that music.p>
She didn’t just create a night out at the bar, she built a family. She brought us together, nurtured us, loved us, and hugged us. She filled our lives with light and joy, and, of course, music. She touched my life, and all of yours, so profoundly that it is almost indescribable. And tonight, more than twenty years later, we have lost her. My heart is broken and I am grieving for her family, her friends, for all of us who will miss that voice, that light and that warmth in our lives. I can honestly say that, because we knew you, we truly have been changed for good. My God I’m going to miss you. I love you Ingy, we all do. May you be at peace. Goodbye my sweet, dear friend. Love and light. Always.
She showed me so much love and acceptance. She gave me something to look forward to when I moved here at piano bar and yes her hugs are the best. .
She was born in Akron on September 15, 1957 and began her music career at the age of 4. Ingy liked to tell the story of how her first piano teacher informed her grandmother that her fingers were too short to play. She would then add “I remember thinking when I heard that, what will I do now with my life…?” She worked for many years in different service-type jobs and taught music, but always had the time for her friends and helping others. Ingy was a full time professional musician and a local celebrity in Akron, Cleveland, and surrounding areas. Ingy’s Piano Bar was one of her favorite places to play music and meet and make new friends.
She also played accompaniment for Playhouse Square’s Broadway Summer Camp, the Dazzle Awards, Akron’s Gospel Meets Symphony, innumerable community and school musicals, regular Saturday pianist at Lanning's, and every Sunday at South Arlington United Methodist Church.
Ingy was a bright light of love and openly accepted every single person she met. Whether you were a close friend or had met her one time, she showed true friendship, compassion, and genuine interest (and her hugs were legendary).
She is now rejoicing in Heaven with her mother, Martha Ingersoll. She is survived by her father, James Ingersoll Sr. (Sally); her son, Tadd (Amanda) Howatae; and grandchildren, Aiden, Isabella, and Alexa. She also leaves behind her siblings, James Jr. (Janet), Lisa (Robert ) Hasenyager and Steven (Jamie ); nieces and nephews Emily (Noah Shreve), Kathryn (Sierra) Hasenyager, Zachary Hasenyager, Mark Mazzagatti (Beth Jack), Jill Goldinger (Randy), and Christopher Mazzagatti, Sara and Jessica; and long-time friends, Michele Justice, Theresa Stith, Joyce Elliot, Carol Barlow and Kelli Pirman Ingersoll. She will also be greatly missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, & friends. The family deeply appreciates all of the extended family and the many friends who have come to Ingy's assistance during the past several months.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Deborah "Ingy" Ingersoll Memorial Scholarship Fund, the American Cancer Society, or the Playhouse Square Education Fund. You can also tip your local musician, volunteer in your community, and give big hugs to everyone you love. May we all go forward with just a little bit of the love and light Ingy brought to everyone she met.