Alice Geneva (Torbeck) Rippe
Alice Geneva (Torbeck) Rippe was born on a farm
northwest of the Stone Church to Fred Wilhelm (Fred) Torbeck and Kathrena
on January 21, 1922. Reverend Gustav Duhrkop baptized her at the Stone
Church on March 2, 1922. Alice attended District 42 and Johnson Public
Schools. She grew to young womanhood in the Stone Church neighborhood,
where she was confirmed on April 5, 1936 by Reverend G.K. Wiencke and
became a member of the church.
After the death of her mother in 1945 Alice continued to live with her
older sister Eveline and her father on the family farm. She was active in
the church, teaching Sunday school for many years and as a member of the
Luther League and a musical quartet.
Alice met Enus H. Rippe, and Reverend Wiencke married them on April 20,
1948 at Stone Church. The couple moved to a farm north and west of Martin
Luther Church. To this union three children were born: LaVonda, Doyle, and
Alice and Enus raised turkeys on the farm for many years. Alice
transferred her church membership to Martin Luther Church and was still a
member there. She was active with the Ladies Aid of the church and grew
many flowers to dress the altar for Sunday services.
In 1969 Alice was stricken with M.S. (Lateral Sclerosis). She sought help
from many doctors over the years. In 1976 she bowed to the wheelchair and
was taken care of by her husband until his death in February 1991. It was
then she entered the Nemaha County Good Samaritan Center in Auburn and had
been a resident there since that time. All the staff and residents at the
home dearly loved Alice. She took time to enjoy at the extra activities
the staff provided.
Alice's health declined for the last year or so, and it was at the Good
Samaritan Center that she passed away on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003 at the
age of 81 years, 10 months and 20 days. Her parents, husband, sister
Eveline Kaiser, and grandson Brent Bando preceded her in death.
Those left to mourn are her three children LaVonda and husband Larry Bando
of Nebraska City, Doyle and wife Patricia of Brock, and Randall and wife
Becky of Johnson; nine grandchildren Brian, Laura, Kevin, Melissa, and
Shellene Bando, Kate and Kimberly Rippe; Kyle and Rachel Rippe: one
great-grandchild Broc Bando; sisters Ora Eltiste of Johnson and Opal
Eltiste of Tecumseh; brothers-in-law Wilbert and wife Lucille Rippe of Elk
Creek; Delynn and Phyllis Rippe of Johnson; sisters-in-law Edus Rippe of
Auburn, Iva and husband Larry Bohlken of Auburn; nieces, nephews, other
relatives, and a host of friends.
Funeral services held Saturday, December 13, 2003 at Martin Luther
Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Amy Krejcarek. Joan Bohling was
organist for hymns by the church choir and the congregation. Pallbearers
were Brian Bando, Kevin Bando, Kyle Rippe, Kiel Eltiste, Alan Rippe, Hal
Eltiste, Wayne Eltiste and Loyal Rippe. Laura Bando, Melissa Bando,
Shellene Bando, Kate Rippe, Kimberly Rippe, and Rachel Rippe assisted with
flowers. Burial followed in the church cemetery.