E. Inga-Lill M. Barker (Forsman) Kunkle

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YARMOUTH - E. Inga-Lill M. (Forsman) Barker Kunkle, 98, passed away peacefully on Dec. 19, 2018, after a short illness at the home of her daughter, Judith and son-in-law, Paul Keating, with her sons, David and Seth at her side. She was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden, on Aug. 24, 1920, where she lived the first few years of her life before coming to the New York City area.

Inga-Lill graduated from Pratt Institute, School of Fine Arts, in New York City. She further studied portraiture with Robert Brackman at the Art Students' League of New York City. She met her future husband, George Barker, at Lake Placid, N.Y.. They were married in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 12, 1943, before George was shipped overseas during WWII. Settling in Portland, Maine, after the war, they raised a family. After the death of her first husband in 1976, she married Dr. E. Charles Kunkle. They lived in South Freeport, Maine. After Charles' death in 2005, Inga-Lill moved to Yarmouth. At the age of 90, she moved to an apartment, specially constructed for her at the home of her daughter and son-in-law. In this new and supportive environment, she thrived and lived quite independently, enjoying her art, reading, gardening, walking, and the wonderful yard until a decline shortly before her death. She often commented how fortunate she was to be able to continue in this way.

Inga-Lill was a talented artist and illustrator. Until her late 80s she painted constantly. Her style and media evolved through the years beginning with portraiture and children's book illustration and ending with abstractions filled with light and color. Her media ranged from water colors and pastels to oils and acrylics. Except for her later years, she had multiple shows in both Boston and Portland areas. She loved gardening. Lovely gardens graced each of her homes in the Greater Portland area.

She is predeceased by her two husbands, George J. Barker Jr., and Dr. E. Charles Kunkle. She leaves daughter, Judith E. Barker and son-in-law, Paul V. Keating; son, David L. Barker; and son, Seth L. Barker and wife, Martha M. Barker. She leaves seven grandchildren and their families: Keith J. Barker, Amy C. Barker, Heather E. Barker, Sarah J. Lucas, Stephanie E. Barker, Jon A. Keating, and Geoff A. Keating. She also leaves 11 great-grandchildren and the living children of Charles Kunkle: Ellen Kunkle and Robin McGuire, plus their families.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Beverly Daigle-Ashland, RN, and the other staff of Beacon Hospice who provided exceptional end of life care. Private services will be held at a later date.

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 27, 2018
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