Ingrid Berkenkotter Shepherd

December 11th, 1963December 16th, 2015

Ingrid Berkenkotter Shepherd, born December 11, 1963, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.  Ingrid was a 1982 graduate of Houghton High School in Houghton, Michigan.  She graduated with a BA in Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University in 1987, a MBA from the University of Colorado in 1993, and a Teaching Certificate from the University of Colorado. 

Ingrid enjoyed a varied and interesting career, working for Ford Motor Company, Exabyte, Storage Tech and for the Boulder Valley School District, where she ultimately worked with children on the autism spectrum.  Ingrid loved the outdoors, running, hiking, cooking, watching movies and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.  She was blessed with a huge, kind heart, a tremendous intellect and sense of curiosity and a wicked, wicked wit that made her a joy to be around.

Ingrid is survived by her husband, Frank; and her daughters, Kyle (21) and Kendall (14); her mother, Carol; her step-father, Jim; her sister, Maria; and her nieces, Zoe and Aza; as well as her father-in-law, Dick; brother-in-law, Rick and his wife, Reanne, and their son, Ryan; her sister-in-law, Bridgit and her husband, Wes, and their children, Chris and Amy; her sister-in-law, Pam, and her husband, Jerry, and their children Scott, Mick and LeAnn; her sister-in-law, Laurie, and her sons, Levi and Cole; her sister-in-law, Kay and her children, Maria and Boyd; and her sister-in-law, Peggy and her daughter, Sadie.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that that donations be made to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance at  


A committal service will be held on Monday, December 21, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Green Mountain Cemetery, 290 20th Street, Boulder, CO.       








Frank and family - I am so sorry to hear about Ingrid's passing. May all your happy memories give you strength in the coming days.
I worked with Ingrid the past two summers at BVSD Extended School Year and was always amazed by her skills and dedication to the students with whom she worked. Truly she was a gifted teacher in working with the most challenging students. I will always remember her and how bravely and diligently she continued to work despite her health problems. She will always be an inspiration to many.
Dear Frank and children, we were so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife Ingrid, and the mother of your children. In reading Ingrid's obituary - she must have been a lovely woman. please accept our condolences. Donna and Roger Wendell