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Inger Hava Katz

Inger Hava Katz

On Thursday, October 10, 2013, at her home in Laporte, MN, a precious vessel was taken from this Earth, and welcomed to her new home in Heaven. Her fight was over, the five year battle against breast cancer was done. Her life was one of living to the fullest and giving in everything she did. To her familyshe meant everything and this loss has taken a deep toll.

A celebration of her life will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Bemidji, MN with Pastor Keith Pennel officiating. Visitation will be from 5-8pm, Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Cease Family Funeral Home. Interment will be at 2:00pm, Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Ben Israel Family Cemetery in Laporte, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.

Born in Hammershoj, Denmark on April 5th, 1941, Inger Dalsgaard Pedersen was the first child for Elna and Knud Pedersen. In 1964 she came to the United States and married Arthur Katz. Together they had three children; David, Christina, and Ariel. Later in life Emi (Barco) Totzauer became a part of their family.

Inger spent 40 years at the side of her husband as he ministered locally and around the world. With the help of others, Art and Inger founded Ben Israel Fellowship, where Inger resided until the time of her death. Inger was known for her hospitality, her open home and being a spiritual mother to many! A warm meal and a bed was ready for anyone who entered their home.

As the ministry grew, Inger developed a passion for many things; her family came first and foremost, but her heart was in Israel where she and Art had led many tour groups. She was a public speaker, author of a book about her late husband, friend, and companion to many across the world. When her children were older, she devoted most of her time, attention, and energy to a tiny orphanage in Ramallah, Israel. Inger became a source of faith, hope, and love to those boys. Though she was no longer able to travel to Israel, she kept in contact with many of them and found ways to support them as they grew from boys into men and had families of their own. She started LifeLine Ministries with the sole purpose of finding ways to help those families that she loved in Israel.

Inger was known for her cooking. In years past at Camp Dominion, she would be the head cook for thousands that came to summer Bible camps. You could not enter her home without being fed. Even as her health was beginning to fail, Inger treasured having friends, family, church members, and her co-volunteers from the hospital over for a meal. If they could not come to her, she would bring it to them! She attended the Womens Aglow in Bemidji when she was able, attended Kabekona Church, and most recently, the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Cass Lake. She loved her volunteer time at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and became close to many of the volunteers. When the day came that she was no longer able to drive and go in, she still tried to do things from home! She spent several years working at Teals in Cass Lake, MN.where else? In the deli making her famous salads. She found joy and many hours of happiness in her flowers and her garden. Though she appeared to have a frail body, her spirit was strong and often you would see her outside with a wheel barrel moving rocks or digging dirt for more plants.

The family would like to thank Art and Mary Beebe, Peter and Joann Brock, Dixie Miller, Dr. Wilcox, Patty Burdick PA-C, and Sanford Bemidji Hospice for the care of Inger in the latter part of her life. She made it as long as she did in part to all of you! She never gave up. She fought for each day. Her life and her faith is her legacy. She touched the lives of thousands of people and would have done it all over again if her body had not failed her. Many mourn in her loss but rejoice in her no longer having to suffer.

Inger is survived by:Son,David (Melissa) Katz,Daughter,Christina (Keith) Pennel,Son,Ariel (Natalie) Katz,

Sisters,Gerda (Niels Jorn) Dalsgaard,Hilda Dalsgaard,

Brothers,Karsten (Thea) Dalsgaard,Aksel Dalsgaard,

Svend (Valle) Dalsgaard,

She is also survived by her grandchildren; Samuel, Jared, Elijah, Sarah, Blaide, Brandon, Jessica, Julia, Jenna, Jasmine, Cassie, Kurt, as well as daughter in law Maryjo Katz, and son in law Dwayne Totzauer. She leaves behind nieces, nephews, and cousins; all of them living in Denmark.

Her grandchildren will be her pallbearers.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arthur, her "adopted" daughter Emi Totzauer, her grandson Eli Stai, and her brother in law Sven Aage.

Inger had requested that in her memory, donations be made for Pastor Sami in Zebate, Israel for the work she loved and supported for over 30 years. Donations can be made to Ben Israel Fellowship.

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