Helen Ripperda, 80, of Coatsburg, died at 12:36 a.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
Born September 9, 1940, in Quincy, Helen was a daughter of Luther "Butch" and Clara Dittmer Heubner. She married Jerome F. Ripperda on March 23, 1968, in Coatsburg.
Helen started playing piano at a young age and has always had a love for music singing and playing with family and friends. She learned to play the accordion in middle school and then she self-taught herself to play the guitar when she was 18.
She was a member of the Country Style Opry out of Augusta/Plymouth area from 1961- 1969. From 1969-1976, Helen played with the Lamoine Valley Opry out of Plymouth. She also played with the Possum Holler Opry from 1972-1975. Whenever she had the opportunity, Helen played at bluegrass festivals during the '80s and '90s around the area and even hosted several jam sessions. Later, she played with the Buggy Wheel Opry from 1986-2007. She continued to entertain at church, nursing homes, and other local gatherings. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden.
Survivors include her four children; Jeffrey Ripperda, residing overseas, Stacy Ripperda, Camp Point, Shelley (Kent) Rossmiller, Coatsburg, and Jarrod (Kristin) Ripperda, Coatsburg; 8 grandchildren, Cody Ripperda, Kasandra (William Tyler) Wingow, Justin Rossmiller, Makayla Ripperda, Brandon Rossmiller, Eli Ripperda, Anika Ripperda, and Nathan Rossmiller; 6 great-grandchildren; her brother, Floyd "Bud" Heubner (Kay Kaplin), Quincy; her sisters, Connie (Merle) Goudschaal, Clayton, and Carol (Henry) Herrmann, Camp Point; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister and brother in law, Lois and Harold Hyer; and a nephew, Randy Hyer.
Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden. Burial will follow at Quincy Memorial Park. Please bring a mask if you wish to attend and adhere to all social distancing guidelines.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of services at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Golden. Please bring a mask if you wish to attend and adhere to all social distancing guidelines.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Music Department or Central Adams Fire Auxiliary.
Online condolences may be left at www.hamiltonfuneralhomes.net.
The Lummis Hamilton Funeral Home in Camp Point is handling the arrangements.
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