Margarete ‘Rita’ Bigalke

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Margarete Paula Lang Bigalke, widow of Raymond Bigalke, died July 24, 2015, at her home in Greer. She was born July 25, 1923, in Oberammergau, Germany.  Although she died in the Eastern Time Zone, per German time, she died on her birthday at the age of 92.

Rita was the daughter of the late Andreas Lang and Victoria Stadler Lang.  She was pre-deceased by two brothers, Albert Lang and Walter Lang both of Oberammergau, Germany.

She was a past employee of Keys Printing.

Rita’s three daughters are Silvia Himmele of Mannheim, Germany; Annie Migut of Greer; and Janie Ingram of Alpharetta, Georgia.  Rita has one living son, Bobby Ingram of Greenville. Her other son, Andrew Lang Ingram died in 1988. She is also survived by numerous grand-children, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Rita was a very sharp, lively, and engaging person. She, her siblings and father were all accomplished artists.  Rita never met a stranger and was loved dearly by all whose lives she touched.  She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Arrangements for a memorial service and burial will be scheduled at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, Rita would have appreciated donations to the Greenville, SC Humane Society, 305 Airport Road, Greenville, S.C. 29607. She loved and spoiled her cats whom she referred to as “her kids.”

Online condolences may be made at


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