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March 27, 2017

Friends were notified of the death of Karen Peters, 78, of Burlington, formerly of Rippey, Ft. Dodge, and Humboldt.  Karen was the daughter of Bruce and Bernice (States) Cain and graduated with the class of 1956.

Funeral services for Karen, who died in Burlington on March 25, 2017, will be held at 1 pm Wednesday, March 29 at the Rippey United Methodist Church in Rippey. Burial will be in the Rippey Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 28, at Hastings Funeral Home in Jefferson after 1 pm with her family present from 5 to 7 pm. Memorials may be sent to the Burlington Humane Society.

Karen is survived by her children Kathy Jensen of Waukee, David Peters of Humboldt, Jane Ericson of West Pueblo, CO, Donna Peters of Lakewood, CO, Julie Georgiou of Denver, CO, and Doug Peters of Burlington; and 10 grandchildren.  Hastings funeral home in Perry is in charge of arrangements.

Relay for Life, Team Velda is raising funds in Velda DeMoss’ memory to fight cancer as part of Greene

County’s Relay for Life effort in April. Donations can be made online at: Click on “Donate” “Donate to Team” and enter “Team Velda” as the team name. Donations can also be dropped off to Nikki Uebel, treasurer; Greene County Relay for Life; People’s Bank,  116 W. State St., Jefferson, IA 50129. Checks should be made out to “American Cancer Society” with “Team Velda” on the subject line.

Rippey public library:  Librarian Shawneene Kenan; phone: 515.436.7714; website:; E-mail: rippeyli [at] windstream [dot] net. HOURS: Monday 1-6 pm; Tuesday 2-6 pm; Wednesday 3-6 pm; Thursday 2-7 pm; Friday 3-6 pm.

Dear Patrons and Friends,

Thank you for your support of the library and our continued efforts to encourage develop and promote reading and educational events to the youth and the adults in our community. Because of your support we raised $500 for the library and the summer reading program.

We would like to thank you for your generous donations. It is with your continued support that the Library can continue to make a positive impact in our community.   Each of the soups that were donated was delicious! It was a rainy day but it was a good day for soup.  ~With sincere appreciation, Shawneene Kenan

We have gotten a few of the Greene County Reads books in and we are still waiting for some. They are/will be available for pickup. The book is ” Fates and Traitors”  by Jennifer Chiaverini, the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and of the beloved Elm Creek Quilt series.

This is a novel of John Wilkes Booth, who is often portrayed as a shadowy figure whose single murderous act made him the most hated man in America. This is the story of the four women whom he loved and who loved him in return. It is a must read!

There will be a Book discussion led by Jan Scharingson Thursday, April 20 at 2 pm at the Rippey library, lasting an hour and a half. Author Jennifer Chaiaverini will join us via Skype during the discussion!

Toddler Fest April 8: The Rippey library will participate at Toddler Fest. The theme this year is “Bee a Reader.” Parents can mark their calendars for Saturday, April 8, starting at 10 am until noon. This is a come and go event for children 2-5 years old and their families. There will be about 20 stations for the kids to visit. This is a FREE event held at the Greene County Community Center in Jefferson. There will be special appearances by Clifford, the Big Red Dog, from the Scholastic series and Martha, from the IPTV series, Martha Speaks.  This annual event is funded by the Greene County supervisors to the Greene County Library Association to promote collaborative programs during the year. Another popular program will be the final summer reading event. Without this funding the libraries wouldn’t be able host these kinds of events by themselves.

Rippey United Methodist Church:  PO Box 286, 103 West Main St. Rippey, IA 50235. Pastor: Paul Burrow, Pastor Rosa Soto. Phone: 515-436-7731. Adult Sunday school at 9:30 am; worship at 11 am; THUG youth group at 6 pm. Every Tuesday, quilters at 9 am, coffee and fellowship at 10 am. Every Wednesday, choir practice at 7 pm.

The Lenten study, The God We Can Know continues on Mondays at 7 pm at the Rippey United Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend these sessions when they can.

The Rippey Lions Club will meet April 6 at the Rippey United Methodist Church at 7 pm. Rick and Mary Liebich are coordinators for the potluck meal and Chris Roberts is in charge of the program.


Chance meeting on the plane: Jean Borgeson was settled in her seat on the plane home from Arizona last Friday when a young man sat down in his seat beside her. (Young, meaning he was just retired)  After he settled in, we exchanged a few words and he asked me where I was from. I told him Rippey.  He looked surprised and said he used to live there. Of course I asked who he was and when he told me, I quickly said, “I’ll bet you are going to your mom’s 90th birthday celebration!” The look on his face was priceless!  When he found out who I was, he asked me if I was Ralph’s mother. After I told him I was his wife, he was a little embarrassed. He had left the area when Ralph was young, so probably remembered him as a young man. Ralph would be 75 years old now. The conversation was off and running after that. He even got a dose of the Rhoades family history and I heard his memories of visiting his grandparents Loyde and Blanche (McDowell) Rhoades. He caught up on people he hadn’t thought of in a while, unaware that some had died or moved elsewhere. It was fun for me, also, as I love listening to the history of the families who lived in Rippey. By all reports, the Fagen siblings provided their mom, Eleanor Alex of Grand Junction, a great 90th birthday celebration and her son Steve is back in AZ by now.  It’s a small world, sometimes.

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