Grace P. Rippel

Born: Tue., Dec. 29, 1914
Died: Fri., Dec. 28, 2012


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 29, 2012
Location: Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sun., Dec. 30, 2012
Location: Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home Chapel


2:00 PM Sun., Dec. 30, 2012
Location: Round Hill Cemetery

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Grace P. Rippel, age 97 of Washington, PA and formerly of Forward Township, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Southmont Presbyterian Senior Care in Washington. Born December 29, 1914 at their farm home in Forward Township, she was a daughter of the late William and Gertrude (Tarr) Rippel.  A retired teacher with forty years at both Clairton and Bunola School Districts, Grace was a graduate of the California State Teachers College and Penn State University.  She was a former member of the Sampson's Mills Presbyterian Church of White Oak and Bethesda United Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth, where she was an Elder and Sunday School teacher.  Grace was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association.  She is survived by her sisters Margaret J. Tignanelli of Elizabeth Township, Minnie M. Lehman of Forward Township, S. Ruth McGowan of Eighty Four, PA, and Lois R. Laird of Bentleyville, PA; brothers Ralph Rippel of Forward Township, Albert P. "Bud" Rippel of Forward Township, and Lawrence H. Rippel of Belle Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, Grace was preceded in death by her brothers Charles C. Rippel, William C. Rippel, II, John Tarr Rippel, and Christy "Tim" Rippel; and her sister Martha I. Briegel.  Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home on Saturday, December 29, 2012 from 6 PM until 8 PM.  A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 1 PM in the funeral home with Pastor John Pipp officiating.  Procession and burial will follow to Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township.  In lieu of flowers, Grace's family asks that memorial contributions in her name be made to either the Sampson's Mills Church Missionary Fund, 1665 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 or to the charity of the giver's choosing.  

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Nancy Orsini Carra
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of Miss Rippel's passing. Miss Rippel was
my first grade teacher in 1948. She was always so kind and dear.
My sympathy to her family.
Nancy Carra

Elaine Rippel Ludwig
   Posted Sat December 29, 2012
I am the granddaughter of Lucas Rippel, the niece of Alma Rippel.

Not may Rippels still living. Just to let you know that I saw the obituary.

Also was a member of Samson Mills Presbyterian Church from 1954 until 1964.

My grandfather Lucas and my father Arthur and his brother George saved one of the millstones from Samson's Mill and it is now at the church.

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