December 30, 1936 - April 16, 2022
Irmgard "Irmi" Pryor was a caring wife, mother, Oma (grandmother), sister, and friend. She left this world suddenly April 16, 2022 at the age of 85.
She was born to Heinrich and Hildegard Burghard in Munich, Germany on December 30, 1936. After studying as an opera singer and model, she met the love of her life, Major Bernard Pryor in Germany. They married and moved to the United States where they raised three daughters: Gabriele, Gisella, and Gudrun.
Irmi loved spending time with her children and friends, regaling them with amazing stories regarding growing up during World War II. She taught herself English and her intelligence, pride and strength allowed her to become a Naturalized American citizen. She never knew a stranger. Her kindness, compassion and generosity caused her to open her home to anyone in need.
Irmi loved her family beyond words and after losing her husband in 1986, she became mother, father, and provider to her children. She started her career in banking in 1977 with First National Bank, Topeka, retiring in 1997 as manager of the safety deposit department with Bank of America.
Irmi was proud of her heritage and was an active and valued member of the German American Club of Topeka. She was also a member of the First Congregational Church also in Topeka.
She lives on in those she leaves behind; her daughters Gabriele, Gisella, and Gudrun; her sons BJ and Rick; grandchildren Adrienne, Austin, Arthur, Ashley, Gianna, Evie, Drew, and Bucky. A sister, nephew, and niece, as well as many other relatives in Germany; two nephews and two nieces on the East Coast; as well as many beloved friends throughout the world.
Irmi will be desperately missed by all those she left behind. Our hearts are broken by this unexpected loss. She was our North Star and our guiding light. Her beauty, talent, and ability to give will be carried on in those lucky enough to have known and been truly blessed by her love. She was always the last to say "love you more" and she meant it.
A celebration of life for Irmi will be held at the First Congregational Church, 1701 SW Collins, Thursday, May 12th at 2:00pm. Donations will be accepted and divided among her several charities.