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Norma J. Ripley


HARRISVILLE, NY ~ Norma Jean “Sis” Ripley, 71, of 14262 Church St., Harrisville, died late Saturday, November 9, 2013, surrounded by her loving family, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where she had been a patient since November 3rd.

Born November 12, 1941, in Harrisville, NY, a daughter of Howard and Victoria Bango Luther, she was a 1959 graduate of Harrisville High School. She later attended Watertown School of Commerce in Watertown.

She married Charles R. Ripley on June 20, 1959, in Harrisville.

After their marriage, they initially moved to Groton, CT, where her husband was stationed in the US Navy. While in Groton, she worked as a professional model. She later moved with her husband’s naval career to Charleston, SC and Des Moines, IA, before returning to Harrisville in 1978. She also worked at Juniper Hills Ski Area in Harrisville and was a clerk for many years for Gregg’s Butcher Block in Harrisville.

As a loving mother and homemaker, “Sis” will forever be remembered for her informal and always open “Breakfast Club” in her home where she would make breakfast Monday through Friday for innumerous Harrisville kids before they began their school day. She also took great pleasure in knitting mittens for children, and more than anything, cherished any time spent with her family.

She was a former member of the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, and was of the Methodist faith.

Surviving besides her husband of 54 years, are her son and daughter-in-law, Charles R. and Catherine Ripley, II, and her daughter, Elizabeth J. Barlow and her companion, Rod Finley, all of Harrisville; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Ripley, Jason Ripley, Kurt Miller and Dylan Barlow; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lorna L. and Robert Sykes, of Edwards, and Joyce M. Waugh, of Shaker Heights, OH; her father-in-law, Carl W. Ripley, Harrisville; her brother-in-law, Carl W. “Skip” Ripley, Lake Villa, IL; three sisters-in-law, Kay Ray, and Trudy Parow, both of Harrisville, Karen “Susie” Wiltzie, of Virginia, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Jason Paul Ripley, who died in 1963, her mother-in-law, Laverna Ripley, who died in 1992; her brother-in-law, John Waugh, who died in 2006, and her nephew Jeffrey Waugh, who died in 2001.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Norma on Friday, November 15, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at the Fire Hall of the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department on Church St. in Harrisville, with Rev. Frances K. Hemstreet, Pastor of the United Methodist Church, Harrisville, officiating. Her burial will follow in the Harrisville Community Cemetery, Harrisville. All are invited to attend a funeral luncheon that will follow her interment at the Harrisville Fire Hall.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department, Harrisville Ambulance Squad or the United Methodist Church Food Pantry in Harrisville.

Arrangements are with Scanlon Funeral Home, Harrisville.

To view Norma’s on-line obituary or to leave a message of sympathy, please visit

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