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Emmalene Eva Hermreck-Rippe

POSTED: December 26, 2013 7:00 a.m.

Emmalene Eva Hermreck-Rippe, 75, of Oakdale, Calif., entered into rest   Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Emmalene (Em) was born March 29, 1938, in Ellsworth, Kan., to Alfred and Iva Hermreck. She graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1956 and from Fort Hays State College in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science with a diploma in nursing. At Fort Hays State she received the Dr. Karl Meninger Award for Outstanding Student Nurse in Psychiatry.
In 1961, Em married Clarence Rippe, and they had four children together, Lauri, Brad, Shelayne, and Cheryl.  Even though they divorced in 1982, Em and Clarence remained good friends and co-parents until his death in 1998.
Em was a very dedicated and supportive mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. In what little spare time she had, she kept herself busy running from town to town watching her grandchildren, Chase, Ian, Ethan and Sarah, at their sporting events, school pageants, awards ceremonies, etc. 
Over the years, Em worked in various nursing capacities, hospital nurse, director of nurses at Oak Valley Care Center, as well as school nurse at Modesto Junior College. Her crowning achievement was establishing the ROP, Health Occupations program in 1974 at Oakdale High School. Sadly, Em passed away in the middle of what she intended to be her final year of teaching. Throughout her 39 years at Oakdale High, Em positively impacted the lives and careers of many Oakdale students and citizens. She also received the Oakdale Soroptimist “Woman of the Year in Health” award and was very well known throughout the entire local health community.
She is survived by her three daughters, Lauri Rippe of Oakdale, Shelayne Higgs and her son Chase of also of Oakdale, and Cheryl (Doug) Reece and their three children Ian, Ethan and Sarah, of Galt, Calif.; her two brothers, Lawrence (Barbara) Hermreck of Osage Beach, Mo. and Kenneth (Kathy) Hermreck of Hoffman Estates, Ill.,; and many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, wonderful friends, and her beloved students.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Rippe, and her beloved son, Brad Rippe.
The funeral was Dec. 18 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oakdale. Burial was Dec. 19 at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Em’s memory to the “Em Rippe Memorial Scholarship Fund” to benefit OHS students going into the health care field.  (Make checks payable to:  OJUSD, 168 South 3rd Ave., Oakdale, Calif.  95361.  In the memo area note:  Em Rippe Memorial Scholarship Fund.)

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