Rita Amalia Zipfel
Visitation on Friday October 19, 2018 from 10-11 AM

Ripley Cemetery, Ripley, ON
In Memory of
Rita Amalia Zipfel
September 15th, 1934 - October 14th, 2018

Place of Death

Trillium Court, Kincardine


Rita Amalia Zipfel, beloved wife for 61 years of Frank Zipfel, passed away at Trilllium Court, Kincardine on Sunday October 14, 2018 at the age of 84. She was born on September 15, 1934 in Hohensachsen, Germany to the late Karl and Christina Kolb. Greatly missed by 3 daughters: Priscilla (Blain) Carruthers, Debbie (Art) Stanley, and Shanda (Mike) Hewitson, grandchildren Jaime Lee, Chelsea, Melanie, Meghan, Cass and Joshua. Also survived by her brother Bernd (Gudren) Kolb, brother-in-law Gerhard Jochim and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Cacilia Jochim, Maria (Johann) Weber, and Helga (Egon) Noe, brother Willi (Margret) Kolb, in-laws Gottfried and Melanie Leder, nephew Jorgan Noe and dear family friend Donalda MacKinnon. Rita came to Canada as a young woman in 1957 to marry her sweetheart, Frank. They settled into the Ripley community to operate Frank’s Garage and embraced their life in the tiny village. Their home was always open to family and friends. After raising their 3 daughters they sold their garage and built a new home in Southampton. Rita enjoyed many trips to visit family in Germany, Arkansas, Manitoba and of course Ripley. Rita was a huge supporter and cheerleader to her grandchildren and took pride in their many accomplishments. She will be remembered for her enthusiastic love of crafts, puzzles, playing cards, and playing on the computer. Her laughter, strength of character and strong work ethic will be forever remembered and emulated by her family. Although health challenges dominated her final years her kind smile, sparkling eyes, and joy would light up the room when you stopped in for a visit. She will be greatly missed and forever remembered by her family and friends. To celebrate Rita’s life, a visitation will be held from the MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley on Friday October 19, 2018 from 10-11 AM followed by a private family service.


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Message from Ron and Mary Jane Rock2018-10-20 22:38:26

Our Condolances to all the families. 

Message from Karen Shanks2018-10-20 09:03:19

To Frank, Debbie .Priscilla and Shanda so sorry to hear of Rita,,moms passing ,she will not suffer any more and always remember the good times,, will miss seeing you all at Trillium  and my prayers are with you at this time  Karen and Rod Shanks

Message from Brent and Linda Armstrong2018-10-19 13:12:36

Deepest sympathies to the entire Zipfel family at this sad time.

Message from Dave and Heather Middleton2018-10-18 07:39:26

Thinking of you all at this time, many fond memories

Our deepest sympathy,

Message from Peter & Jo-Ann Carter2018-10-18 07:27:12

Debbie, Art and Family - Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.  You spoke of her often and I know you will have many fond memories to help you through this difficult time.

Message from Jack and Shirley Hackett2018-10-17 21:41:32

Our Sincere Sympathy Frank and Family, She was a great friend, we had many good times with your family in Ripley. 


Shirley and Jack.




Message from Joan pollard2018-10-17 21:32:39

So very sorry for your loss. No matter how long you have them it's never enough. I remember her as  a happy smiling woman who loved her family deeply..... You girls all look of much like her. Thinking of you at this difficult time. 

Message from Barb Struthers2018-10-17 20:34:12

Our thoughts are with your family as well. Hope everyone is doing alright!   Todd and Barb

Message from Malcolm Debbie2018-10-17 19:13:46

To Shanda and family, So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She did have a lovely smile that lit up her whole being. Shanda I send you big big hugs.

Message from Gail and Brian Johnson2018-10-17 11:50:17

To all of Rita's family

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of your wonderful wife, Mom, and Grandmother. May treasured memories bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Sincerely, Gail and Brian Johnson

Message from Mary Rigden2018-10-17 09:48:14

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,Debbie.I know you have any happy memories to hold onto.But no matter how long we have had a dear one in our lives it is always a huge loss.God Bless.


Message from Elaine and Hank2018-10-16 21:03:14

Dear Debbie, Art, Chelsea and Meaghan

So sorry for your great loss.  May your faith keep you strong. 

Sending hugs and prayers.

Message from Pete and Joan McCannel2018-10-16 19:26:17

Thing of you and your family with our deepest sympathy. Hugs Joan 

Message from Lois Rooney-Giurin2018-10-16 19:23:19

Debbie, Cil, Shanda, Mr. Zipfel, and families,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I pray you will have the strength and comfort you need in the days to come. 

Thinking of you, and remembering some nice visits at the Zipfel home!

Message from Ron and Gail Lotton2018-10-16 18:59:59

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Rita. May you take comfort in your many cherished memories.

Message from Bonnie and Eric Taylor2018-10-16 15:16:07

I remember attending many a card party with mom and Dinnie back in there Ripley days. Always lots of fun and laughter. She will be missed by all who new her, Thinking of you all at this time.