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Vivian Ripka, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the St. Clare’s Living Community in Mora.  She was 97 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m on Friday, May 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora.

VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

INTERMENT will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at Mora.

Vivian E. Ripka, age 97, of Mora, Minnesota died on May 9, 2017 at St. Clare’s Rehab Center in Mora.

Vivian was born in Alexandria, South Dakota on January 2, 1920 to Romaine and Clara (Elfert) Morehouse. Years later the family, including her two siblings, moved to St. Paul, MN where Vivian grew up and worked as a maid on Summit Avenue.

She met her future husband Louis at a family members wedding. They were joined in marriage on June 14, 1941 at the Cathedral in St. Paul before moving to Mora. They adopted and raised two children.

Vivian was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was also an active member and past president of the Mora Women’s American Legion Auxiliary for many years.

She was a great cook and hosted many family gatherings in their home. Her hobbies included fishing, gardening and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Louis; grandson Ryan; two brothers Mack and Ted Morehouse.

She is survived by her children Jo Ellen Cummins and Tom (Judy) Ripka; grandchildren Rick (Amy), Patrick (Georgia), and Tammy; great grandchildren Michah, Mia, Mitia, Ella, Maya and Jameson; plus many nieces and nephews.


4 thoughts on “VIVIAN E. RIPKA”

  1. Aunt Vivian was my godmother and a very special lady! She is our last family member of this genetation. Will miss her wisdom and her loving ways greatly!

  2. My sincere sympathies in the loss of Vivian. I enjoyed getting to know her the last few years. She was such an energetic, fun lady and I enjoyed our “spirited” debates. I regret not being able to attend her service, but know that I am thinking of you. I will miss her.

  3. Jo Ellen and Tom,

    I am so sorry that I just saw that we lost Vivian. She was very important in my life. I remember all the good times with your folks and Grandpa Earl. I remember when my rabbit went to live with your folks, ran away in the woods and then we had “chicken” for supper. I also remember fishing at Aitkin Lake. I was so lucky to have the fun times and good people in my life growing up. I am very sorry she is gone.

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