Irmgard Marocke Obituary, Death – Irmgard Marocke (née Tews), age 96, of Waretown, New Jersey, and formerly of Forked River, New Jersey, passed away on April 17, 2023 in a tranquil setting at her home. She was the devoted wife of the late Kurt Marocke (1991) and the late Alfred Barsch (1962). Both of those men passed away. She is survived by her four children: Irene Marocke-Norton, whose spouse is Patrick, Annedore Emmer, whose late husband was Jim, and Wolfgang Barsch, who is married to Theresa, and Detlev Barsch, who is married to Suzanne. She was the Oma to a large number of lovely grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by her brother Gert Tews, who lives in Germany, as well as her niece and nephew.
Irmgard was a fervent woman who dedicated her life to caring for her family. As a kid in Germany during WWII and an escapee from East to West Berlin with her husband Alfred and children in 1953, she grew up a survivor, yet never let her struggles define her, rather empowering her to continually improve and establish a better life. She bravely immigrated to the United States with Kurt and her children in 1969, and became a proud U.S. citizen. Irmgard, Kurt, and her children worked tirelessly together to build a new life in Forked River, NJ, and thus began The German Butcher Shop. She was very proud to be a member of the Lacey Township community. She prioritized giving back and felt being charitable was not only a duty, but an honor.
Irmgard was the second woman in Germany to receive a Master Butcher license, a true accomplishment for a woman of her time. She taught us confidence, to hold your own, and speak your mind. While she presented a strong outward demeanor, beneath the surface she was a playful, kind soul. Irmgard loved camping. Her hands never stood still, in her free time she enjoyed to cook, crochet, knit, and pursued many productive art projects. She will be dearly missed. A Celebration of Life in honor of Irmgard will be held at a future date which will be announced through The German Butcher Shop where family and friends can come together to remember her. The burial will be a private affair. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.