AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Patricia Rypkema, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Ecumen Seasons of Maplewood. She was 93 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Michael Rue officiating.
VISITATION will be on Friday, November 9th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home; plus one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the church.
INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Patricia “Pat” Lucille (Bentley) Rypkema, of Mora, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Ecumen Seasons of Maplewood. She was 93 years old.
Patricia was born on August 5, 1925 in Pine City, Minnesota to parents Raymond and Ruth (Gottry) Bentley. As a child, the family moved a number to times, including Ogilvie and Elk River, before eventually returning to Pine City. While in school, Pat met the love of her life, Bob Rypkema. She graduated from Pine City High School in 1943. Bob entered the Marine Corps right out of school, but while on a short leave, Bob and Pat were united in marriage on June 13, 1944 in Pine City. While Bob was still in the service, the couple lived in North Carolina for a short time. During the war when Bob shipped out, Pat moved to Idaho to be closer to her parents, where their son Robert was born. After Bob’s discharge from the military, the family moved to the Sturgeon Lake and Hinckley area. In 1952, Pat and Bob lived in Virginia, MN before moving to Mora in 1955. Pat and Bob were also blessed with 2 daughters Donna and Debra. Once the kids were in school, Pat began working as a receptionist, first at the Mora Credit Union and finally at the chiropractors office in Mora.
Pat and Bob were able to travel to all 50 states, and enjoyed keeping track of all the roads they traveled and campsites they stayed at. Pat loved to fish throughout her life and loved to “out fish” Bob on their trips. Pat and Bob spent a few winters in Florida and Texas before finding a special connection with Arizona where they enjoyed many winters. Pat was a kind and selfless humanitarian, who worked on numerous mission projects, helped to build 2 churches, and would reach out to those in need with food or a listening ear. Pat was an active member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora. She was an avid reader and often donated her books to the church library. She loved to knit, clip coupons and newspaper articles, and collect spoons, Christmas plates, and jewelry. Pat treasured her many special friendships, especially the birthday club which she was a part of for almost 50 years.
In August of 1999, Bob passed away unexpectedly. Pat moved to the Villages of Mora in 2015.
In February of 2018, Pat made her final move to Ecumen Seasons of Maplewood to be closer to her children. She enjoyed the staff, residents and activities over her final months. Pat will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Pat is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, sister Betty (Carroll), and sister-in-law Frances.
She is survived by her children, Robert (Susan), Donna Bentley, and Debra (Robert) Michaud; 8 grandchildren, Fred (Cara), Scott, Rob (Goli), Dawn (Brian), Mike (Patti), Linda, Chad “Carlos”, and Matthew (Anna); 10 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandson; brother Raymond “Pete” Bentley (Dee Ormand); many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and numerous special friends.