Mary Dolores (Chleborad) Rippy |

Mary Dolores (Chleborad) Rippy

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Longtime local resident, Dolores Rippy, age 81, passed away with her family by her side at Grace Healthcare in Glenwood Springs on Jan. 4, 2011, after a long illness.

Dolores was born in Boulder, to Frank and Stella (Clark) Chleborad. At the age of three her family moved to Atwood, Kan., to work their family farm during the Depression. They returned to Boulder ten years later where Dolores subsequently graduated from Boulder High School in 1947. She lived in Boulder and Denver while employed as a telephone operator for Mountain Bell Telephone.

She married William G. (Bill) Rippy on June 2, 1951, in Boulder and they settled in Glenwood Springs. They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this year. Her strong faith led her to be an active member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, the Legion of Mary and she taught catechism for eight years.

Dolores was a kind, loving wife, mother and grandmother. The joy of her life was her family. She is survived by her husband, Bill; her children, Terry (Randy) Jacobsen of Glenwood Springs; Valerie (Tom) Evans of Sedalia; David (Mary) Rippy of Glenwood Springs; and Julie (Todd) Thulson of Glenwood Springs. She leaves behind nine grandchildren: Erik (Sara) Jacobsen; Ingrid (Jeremy) Wussow; Lee and Jackie Evans; Kerry, Allie and Sarah Rippy; Tyler and Lauren Thulson; and four great-grandchildren, Aeden and West Wussow and Hans and Anders Jacobsen. She is also survived by her sister, Sharon Stratton of Longmont; and her brothers, Alan (Anita) Chleborad of Wheatridge, and Jean (Jeana) Chleborad of Boulder, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A rosary will be held at Farnum Holt Mortuary, in Glenwood Springs at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, and a funeral mass will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs, followed by internment at Highlands Cemetery in New Castle.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.

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