First Memorial Funeral Services

1155 Fort Street, Victoria, BC



July 16, 1927August 5, 2019

Inge Israel passed away peacefully on the afternoon of August 5th, 2019.

A writer and a poet with an unquenchable curiosity, she was loved and admired by many. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Werner; her dear sister, Vivienne; her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter Pia, Ralph and Allison (Kevin) Archibald; her niece and nephews Sive, Peter and Garret Moddel; and, close extended family members Kim, Joanie, and Evan (Farrah) Hesketh, and Jon and Kevin (Paola) O’Riordan. Inge was predeceased by her loving son, Mark.

Inge radiated grace, charm, strength and compassion and will be greatly missed by family and friends near and far.


12 October

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

Uplands Golf Course

3300 Cadboro Bay Rd
Victoria, British Columbia



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Gisèle Samson

August 20, 2019

Condoléances à toute la famille élargie, la parentée et les amis...
Dans le Times Colonist de Victoria du dimanche 5 mai 2019, nous avions vu cette grande photo du ISLANDER D1 présentant Inge et Werner Israel parlant de leur ami Stephen Hawkins. Le couple était tout heureux d'avoir retrouvé le livre " The Theory of Everything" et une lettre signée Stephen, grâce aux libraires de UVIC!
Trois mois plus tard, c'est l'avis de décès de Inge Israel qui est présenté dans le Times Colonist en D5! La communauté francophone est attristée... Jeanne Adam, Diane Denux, Monique Genuist, Yvette Gould, Gérald Moreau, Marie Robillard, Gisèle Samson, Jacques Vallée et plusieurs autres de l'Alliance Française et de la Société francophone. Nous nous souviendrons de ses mots, phrases et textes... comme La Prairie (Alberta):
"Cette fenêtre sur le monde fait voir surtout le ciel,
c'est une aune d'espace-temps qui mesure les années-lumière
et tout ce qui existe entre deux sauts quantiques
où la tendresse est hors de propos...." Aventures en écriture:
Souhaitons être présents à la célébration de Vie en octobre.
Sommes en pensée avec vous tous!

Sheena Bellingham

August 13, 2019

Dear Werner, Pia and Ralph,
Though we never met you, we heard so many lovely things about you all. I am Brenda Bellingham's daughter and will always so very fondly remember my lunches with Mum and Inge. I had such a good time with them. I was constantly learning from Inge. What a vast wealth of knowledge and experience. Music, dance, the arts of all kinds, politics, history.... how thankful I am to have made her acquaintance. Her incredible poetry reading at my own mother's service was an art experience never to be forgotten. I could never thank her enough for that generosity. Both my husband Don and I will miss her very much.

Vivienne Riffkin

August 11, 2019

My dearly loved sister, we spent far too much time apart, on different continents, but the times we spent together were wonderful and happy.
My gentle sister, always considerate of others' feelings; in all her writings always so careful never to write anything that might upset or wound any living people.
My dear unselfish sister, always putting others first, never looking after herself.
Thanks to her loving husband, Werner, and his unfailing support, she had many happy and enjoyable times, travelling the world.
Whenever I opened my email, if there was a letter from Inge, it was a good day. Her letters were always composed with as much care as any of her writings, always with something to make me smile, always about me, never herself. No matter what she was going through herself, she found the strength to write to me.
I will miss her every day as long as I live.
Dearest Inge, may you rest in peace.

Farrah O'Shea

August 10, 2019

Inge was our beloved friend and family member. A kinder person the world never knew. We love her so much and will miss her dearly.

We will always remember teas with her and Werner, and how she always had a special cake for us to savor as we listened to selections from Werner’s classical music collection. In between listenings, we loved watching her and Werner together. One funny thing we remember is how Werner put on a Kurt Weill piece that she didn’t much care for. After a while, she asked him to take it off. The toughness and vulgarity of the Weill didn’t much suit her calm and refined demeanor! She was so loving and warm. Not at all like that Weill!

We are very glad to have made it to her 90th birthday celebration and also to a reading of her wonderful book, Finding the Words. We always looked forward to seeing her at family events, and we will feel the heavy weight of her absence.

Farrah O’Shea and Evan Hesketh

Martin Rees

August 10, 2019

Dear Werner
My memories of Inge go back to the 1960s -- and I recall your many visits to Cambridge in later decades, and your kindness especially to Stephen Hawking,
Sincerest good wishes and condolences, which are shared by your many friends here,

Martin Rees