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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 28, 2024

    4:00 to 8:00 pm

    Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL

    Saturday, June 29, 2024

    8:00 to 10:00 am

    Hope Lutheran Church, Highland, IL.

  • Service

    Saturday, June 29, 2024

    10:00 am

    Hope Lutheran Church.

  • Full Obituary

    Michelle A. Ripperda, 33, of Trenton, IL, died Monday, June 24, 2024, St. Joseph Hospital, Highland, IL.

    She was born December 22, 1990, to Edward and Kathryn (Nee Watt) Ripperda, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Clayton, MO.

    Michelle was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Highland, IL.  She spent her days at Holly’s House of Hope doing projects.  She started Lewis and Clark College for Life program and really enjoyed it.  Michelle loved swimming at Korte Rec. Center, going to Camp and her fuzzy socks. She was the sweetest girl who loved being with her nieces, her whole family and in the midst of all the activities.  Michelle loved music and Disney programs; Winnie the Pooh was her recent favorite show.

    She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Ashley, in infancy.

    Michelle is survived by her parents, Ed and Kathy Ripperda, Trenton, IL; sister, Stephanie (Michael) Ashford, Highland, IL, nieces, Payton and Sophia; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

    Memorials may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, Highland, IL or Holly’s House of Hope.

    Visitation: Friday, June 28, 2024, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Meridith Funeral Home, Highland, IL, and Saturday, June 29, 2024, from 8:00 to 10:00 am at Hope Lutheran Church, Highland, IL.

    Funeral Service: Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 10:00 am at Hope Lutheran Church.

    Clergy: Rev. Scott Busacker, Pastor.

    Interment: Highland City Cemetery.

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9 Condolences
  1. Jan Ripperda / June 26, 2024 at 2:09 pm

    Michelle was such a sweet girl. Only got to meet her 3 years ago, and she left a great memory.

  2. Andrew Zumwalt / June 26, 2024 at 2:44 pm

    Rest In Piece Michelle.

  3. Jill Harris / June 26, 2024 at 3:41 pm

    Michelle’s cousins, the Harrises, send their most heartfelt love and condolences to the Ripperdas for the loss of their beautiful daughter, sister, and aunt.

    My favorite memory of Michelle is of spending a weekend together in Lincoln, Nebraska in a tiny little home not far from where our Uncle Keith once lived.

    I brought Michelle a simple gift of a Winnie the Pooh book in a red bag.

    “Bag,” she would say, and her mother would get the bag for her. She would carry it around as if it were the most wonderful thing.

    “Book” she would say, and then listen attentively as one her relatives flipped through the pages and read the words out loud. Her sweet soul was taking it all in and appreciating all of it — the sound of our voices, the colors of the pictures, and what it all meant to her and her alone. Sitting near her, I could feel the beauty of her gentle presence. May God bless her and her family and comfort them in their loss.

  4. Tami and Lindsay Goad / June 26, 2024 at 4:29 pm

    Our Sincerest condolences to your family. Lindsay and Michelle spent several years and many miles together. Prayers for your family as you remember all the great memories.

  5. Linda Stewart / June 26, 2024 at 6:21 pm

    I had the privilege of being with Michelle every year at Camp Goodtimes. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. Thoughts and prayers for her family.

  6. Danita Welte / June 26, 2024 at 7:54 pm

    I was blessed to have met and enjoyed her at camp good times She will be missed by all. You have my sympathy and prayers. 🙏🏻❤️

  7. Lisa Engelke / June 26, 2024 at 8:31 pm

    Michelle will be greatly missed. I loved seeing her every year at Camp GoodTimes. I have worked in the kitchen for years and have seen/known Michelle. She will be greatly missed.❤️🕊️

  8. Ivy Gill / June 27, 2024 at 9:09 pm

    I am so sorry about Michelle’s death. She was a sweet girl. I knew her since a baby. I pray for comfort and peace for her parents.
    Ivy Gill

  9. Denise L Heins / June 28, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    You are in our prayers and thoughts.
    Take care,
    Tom & Denise Heins

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