Betty J. Rippe, age 94

Betty J. Rippe, 94 of Syracuse, passed away peacefully on Jan. 26, 2021, in Lincoln.

Betty J. Rippe was born on Sept. 29, 1926, to Edward and Ida (Mouden) Gess on the family farm south of Dunbar. She was raised on the farm and started her education at Dunbar schools, later graduating from Nebraska City High School.

Betty married Raymond Rippe on Sept. 4, 1948 at the Presbyterian Church in Dunbar. Together, they made their home near Avoca and through this union, they welcomed three children: Susan, Steve, and Janis. Later on, Betty and Raymond moved to Syracuse.

Betty was a farm wife and mother for many years in rural Avoca. Once her children were grown, she started working for Bankers Life in Lincoln and retired from there after 23 years. After retirement she worked at the Syracuse Senior Center. Betty was also an active member of First Lutheran Church (North Branch) and helped with typing bulletins and singing in the choir.

Betty had many hobbies. She kept busy by quilting, playing Pinochle and Hand & Foot Canasta with her card group, attending coffee club, as well as spending time with her family. Betty and her husband Ray, enjoyed listening and dancing to Big Band music.  Betty was a wonderful baker with her specialties being Danish pastries, raisin cream pie and chocolate chip cookies. She was an avid Husker fan and loved watching professional golf.

She is survived by her children: Sue (Gary) Voss of Lincoln, Steve (Anna) Rippe of Denver, Jan (Jim) Niebuhr of Dunbar; grandchildren: Beth Voss, Megan (Andrew) Hinrichs, Kerenza (Tait) Rowley, Ian Rippe, Alec Rippe, Emily (Doug) Iske, Kate (Shaun) Harris, Jon (Kay) Niebuhr; 12 great grandchildren; brother: Charles (Jackie) Gess of Lincoln; sisters-in-law: Leora Emshoff and Elaine Hennings both of Omaha. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sisters: Gladys, Florence, Arlene and Billie.

Funeral services were to be held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church (North Branch) in rural Avoca. The service was to be radio broadcast in the parking lot on 90.9 and live streamed on the Fusselman Facebook page.

Visitation was to be held on Friday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home in Syracuse.

Memorials to First Lutheran Church (North Branch). Arrangements are by Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse. Condolences to www.

Posted online on January 28, 2021