Irmgret Soesemann

Birth Date: 
Sunday, February 9, 1930
Date of Passing: 
Friday, April 17, 2020

Irmgret Soesemann, 90, of Wooster, died Friday evening April 17 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Irmgret was born in Gottingen, Germany in 1930 to Heinrich and Elisabeth Tannhof. Irmgret has a surviving brother Hans Dieter Tannhof and deceased brother Reinhard Tannhof. She married Gerhard Soesemann, deceased, in 1951. Irmgret came to Wooster with her husband and infant daughter in 1955 from Germany. She was a homemaker, a seamstress, a partner in the family business Gerhard’s Pastries, and in her later years worked in the bakery in Buehler’s Fresh Foods.

Irmgret was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church. She was the family matriarch, role model and mentor for her daughters, granddaughters and extended family members. She was talented and creative and spent many hours sewing, knitting and crocheting.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends during weekly luncheons. She had an intellectual curiosity and especially appreciated being able to learn about worldwide news, events, history and culture on public television channels.

Surviving are Irmgret’s brother and sister-in-law Hans Dieter and Marge Tannhof of Wooster, daughter and son-in-law Ann and Fritz Wise of Bristol, PA, daughter Petra Soesemann of Cleveland Heights, OH, granddaughters Bridgette Wise of Levittown, PA and Julia Wise of Bethlehem, PA. Irmgret’s family is grateful for the TLC and special care provided by niece Angela Dorksen and nephew and niece Thomas and Ashley Tannhof, and for assistance from the Life Care Hospice of Ohio.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is planned for later in the summer at the Zion Lutheran Church.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial donations in support of public television may be made to  (2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA 22202) or (Idea Center, 1375 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115)

Memorial Contributions: 

Memorial donations in support of public television may be made to  (2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington VA 22202) or (Idea Center, 1375 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115)


A memorial service will be held at a later date


So sorry loved her smile while I worked at Young’s!

Prayers sent up for strength and shared tender memories. She always had that welcoming smile and kindness. The first birthday party I ever attended as a youth and how she had everything adorned for her daughter Petra's little party. She was so proud to be showering her and her little friends. A good memory of a very nice family. Bless you all at this time of loss.

Dear Petra, Annie, and family. We're so sorry about your dear mother's passing. We know that all of you will give each other much love and support now, but it's a real heartache, to have this quarantine going on at the same time. Please know that you are receiving love and prayers and wishes for comfort, for all of you. Much love, Susi and Jimmy. <3

So sorry for your loss. What a beautiful woman who created such beauty all around her.

Her husband Gergard was our baker at Moore's Bakery when he first arrived from Germany.. He was a great baker and fun to be around. My sincere thoughts and prayers to her and her family

Our deepest condolences, Irmgret was such a sweet, beautiful lady. May God comfort you during this time.

So very sorry for your loss . I worked with her for many years at Buehlers bakery . She was a great lady

Ann and Fritz, I am so sorry to hear about Annie’s mom, My sister and brother both told me she passed. I will always remember her as such a kind , pretty woman. My deepest condolences for you all. She was a great lady.

Our deepest condolences to the family. Irmgret was a wonderful friend to our family while we were in Wooster. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wow - SO sorry to hear about Ann's Mom passing. She died just 3 days before my Dad passed. They are at McIntire, Bradham, and Sleek together right now.
I remember Ann's Mom as being SO sweet and kind. She was a beautiful soul, and raised two great daughters. I surely know how tough it is to lose a parent - and I extend my heartfelt condolences to Ann and Fritz, your daughters, and the rest of your family.

Dear Petra, Annie and family,
Your mother, Irmgret, blessed me with her faith and kindness. I have the best memories of many family occasions and holidays spent around her dinner table and the joy we shared. My prayers are with all of you at this time of tremendous loss and sorrow. Your friend

Dear Petra and Family,

I am deeply sorry for the loss of someone so important and special in your life. Your mother always seemed to me to be the type of person who inspired so much in those around her. That’s certainly reflected in your life. I’ll be keeping you and the rest of your family in my heart.

Sincere condolences,
Barb Chira

Dear Petra and Annie,
Roxann called to tell me the news of your mother's passing. I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a kind and charming lady with two special daughters to be proud of. Sending you my sympathy. Peace be with you. Mike Whapham.

My heart felt condolences to Your Family. Your Mother was such a sweet person ! I used to call her Sweetheart,and she would smile and say , "my Husband called me that. Thank you for the memory. She was always a professional at at Buehlers. Just such a kind ,sweet Lady. Rest in peace, Sweetheart. My friend indeed.

My sympathy to you, Annie and Petra. My husband and I knew your parents very well through 20-Club in the 60"s and 70's.
The Soesemanns were so loved by all. They spoke of you girls often and I remember both of you. Their baked goods were favorites of all of us. Your mother was such a kind and generous person. Sending comfort to your families.

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