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Elsie Janis Ripple, 99, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2005.
She was born Feb. 22, 1906, to John William Ripple and Vera Schlopota Ripple
in Sealy.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 23, at Knesek Bros. Funeral
Chapel in Sealy with the Rev. John Tyler of the First United Methodist
Church officiating. Interment followed in the Sealy Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were, Frank Koy, Dr. Teddy Hirsch, Joe Ed
Burttschell, Frank Vecera, Sam Johnson, Harold Krampitz, and Charles Hirsch.
After graduating from Sealy High School in 1923, Miss Ripple attended Texas
Women's College in Huntsville, Texas, and received her BS degree there in
1937. Later she attended the University of Houston and received her Master
of Education degree in 1953. She also attended Sul Ross Teacher's College in
Alpine, Texas.
She taught school in Frydek, East Bernard, La Grange, Sealy, Taylor and
Spring Branch, retiring in 1971. Miss Ripple taught school for 44 years.
Miss Ripple was a longtime member of Sealy First United Methodist Church.
She was a member of the Austin County Retired Teachers Association and life
member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association, member of the Spring
Valley Association of University Women in Houston before retiring, life
member of the Bunker Hill School PTA, longtime member of the Sealy Garden
Club, life member of the Stephen F. Austin Park Association, charter and
life member of the Sealy Area Historical Association and life member of the
Sealy Chamber of Commerce.
When she retired, her hobbies were: crocheting, oil painting, playing
bridge, entertaining, and especially traveling. By 1977 she had driven in
all 48 continental states and visited Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, toured Europe
and enjoyed several Caribbean cruises.
She is survived by two nephews, William (Bill) Ripple and wife. Sue of Sealy
and Harold John Ripple of Terrell; great niece, Julie Browne and husband
Bobby Browne; great nephew, John W. Ripple and wife Karen; great-great
nieces and nephews, William, David and Julianna Browne and Brittni, Lauren,
Holli Sue, and Jill Ripple; great nephew, Scott Ripple and wife Emma and
great, great niece, Meagan Ripple.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harold Ripple and sister
Evelyn Ripple.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 302 East
Horton, Brenham, Texas 77833 or to Sealy First United Methodist Church's
Landscaping Fund, 200 Atchison, TX 77474.
Funeral Services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels in
Posted by Joy Neely


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