A Mass of Christian Burial for Laura Ripperger will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Milo, Iowa. Family will receive friends on Friday, January 20, 2023, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Milo. A Rosary will follow at 7:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made in Laura’s name to the Westview Care Center or Suncrest Hospice.
Laura Mae Beals was born February 3, 1928, to Isaac and Edith Beals near Earlham, Iowa. Laura was the second of four children born to the couple and grew up near Martensdale, Iowa. Growing up during the depression, Laura’s family moved from farm to farm. She attended country school and graduated from Norwalk High School.
On June 11, 1948, Laura was united in marriage to Virgil “Pete” Ripperger. The couple started their married life farming near Lacona, Iowa. They were blessed with seven children: Carol, Rebecca, Sharon, Thomas, Kathleen, David, and Dennis. Laura enjoyed staying home with the children when they were younger. Once they were older, she worked in Dr. McCormick’s office. She also worked for many years at Fareway; retiring in her early sixties.
At the age of 48, Laura got her driver’s license. Although she wasn’t a great driver, Laura enjoyed driving fast. She once hit an opossum and, assuming it was dead, put it in the trunk to give to David. When they opened the trunk to retrieve the opossum, they were surprised to find that it was still alive!
Laura was a faithful member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. She was also an active member of the Milo Coffee Club. Laura was always at Milo City Hall with coffee and donuts, come rain or shine.
Laura stayed very busy in her retirement. She was always helping others, watching grandchildren, rooting for the Cubs and Cardinals, reading, and gardening. She kept a very large garden full of tomatoes, potatoes, and green beans. She was quick to share her fruits and vegetables and she canned what she didn’t give away. Laura was also very talented in the kitchen. She loved whipping up her families’ favorite foods: Christmas candy and cookies, chicken and noodles, and cheesecake.
Laura looked forward to every family gathering. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and attended as many of their events as possible. Her family meant the world to her.
Laura passed away January 15, 2023. Survivors include her children: Carol Roland, Rebecca (Ken) Presley, Sharon (Ed) Langebartels, Thomas (Barbara) Ripperger, Kathy (Gary) Johnson, David (Linda) Ripperger, and Dennis (Mary) Ripperger; 17 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; brothers and sisters – in-law: Pat Hoch, Louise (Chauncey) Stanley, and Phyllis Ripperger; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents: Isaac and Edith Beals; husband, Virgil “Pete” Ripperger; grandchildren: Dusty Ripperger, Dennis Ripperger Jr., and Robert Yeager Jr.; son-in-law, John Roland; and siblings: Everett Beals, Doris Frazier, and Glen Beals.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed through the following link: https://my.gather.app/remember/laura-ripperger