CROSS PLAINS-Gertrude “Gertie” Ripp, age 92, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Feb. 15, 1920, in Salem, Ore., the daughter of Michael and Natalia (Grabowski) Schwarz. In 1926, her family moved from Oregon to Mazomanie. Much of her time was spent helping her family, but Gertie truly enjoyed attending dances, where she met the love of her life. After waiting four long years for her love to return from war, Gertrude married Michael J. Ripp on Feb. 20, 1946. Together, they purchased a farm in Cross Plains and they shared 13 children, 33 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Gertie’s passions included farming, family and her faith. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, doing “fancy work”, playing cards, and cracking hickory nuts. Her favorite past-time was spending time with her grandkids.
Gertrude is survived by her children, Jim (Pam) Ripp of Henderson, Nev., Jerry (Mary Jo) Ripp of Sheridan, Ore., Allen Ripp of Blue Mounds, Neil (Joni) Ripp of Mineral Point, Nancy Ripp of Madison, Jeannie (Andy) Pendl of Madison, Linda (Roger) Hlavacka of Cross Plains, Annette (Bryan) Palchik of Mt. Horeb, and Lora (Mike) Doherty of Cross Plains; sisters, Mary Anne Wilhelm of Mazomanie and Lou Jamieson of Verona; brother, Louis Schwarz of Sauk City; 33 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; three daughters, Cecelia Ripp, Kathy Hendrickson, and Mary Jane Nosko; son, Vern Ripp; daughter-in-law, Sandy Ripp; her parents; sisters, Adeline, Frances, and Genevieve; brothers, Ed, Joe, and Anthony.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2947 Thinnes Street, Cross Plains, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, with Father Tom Kelley presiding. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Avenue, Middleton, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, and also at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Endowment Fund or Agrace HospiceCare.
We’ll miss your quick wit and gentle loving care. Thank you for showing us what is important in life and how to live. Take comfort, that you are now home.