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Nancy Riphenburg

Nancy Riphenburg

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10/19/11 04:09 AM #1    

Chuck Holmen

 Nancy Jean (Riphenburg) Shepler, 59, of New Auburn died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 at Loyola University Hospital in Maywood, Ill.

Nancy was born on Oct. 12, 1949, in Eau Claire to John and Jean Riphenburg. She married Randy Shepler in 1969, and raised their two sons in Eau Claire until moving to the New Auburn area in 1995. Nancy was a graduate of Memorial High School in 1967. She went on to achieve a degree as a registered X-ray technician. Nancy worked at First Wisconsin Bank, Valley Bank and Wausau Financial Systems until she bought a campground and bar with her husband on Island Lake in 1995. Nancy had a love of life that was expressed in many different ways. She was an accomplished ceramics painter. Together with her mom, she pioneered a way of painting that was so unique they were asked to explain it to an art professor from the University of Minnesota. She loved to play games; board games that make you think were her favorites for family functions. Nancy also was an excellent card player. She was a good poker player, as well as cribbage, dirty clubs and several other games. She was happy to play "for the fun of it," but if there was money on the line, look out! Nancy also had a life-long love of travel. She loved the excitement of discovering new things and meeting new people. She loved traveling with family but was also happy to go with friends. Two of her favorite destinations were Prague, Czechoslovakia, and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Nancy loved children, and she was able to talk to them on their level. She had a way of always making them feel included no matter what was going on. Nancy never lost the ability to see life through the eyes of a child.

She is survived by her husband, Randy; sons, Chad (Jeannie) of Menands, N.Y., and Brady (Angela) of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Braxton, Caden and Adelynn Shepler and Katelynn Hebert; father, John Riphenburg of Eau Claire; aunt, Margaret Aune of Ft. Myers, Fla.; brother, Dwight (Becky) Riphenburg of Sheboygan; sister, Jackie Stewart of Milwaukee; brothers-in-law, Roger (Shirley) Shepler of Eau Claire, Terry (Sandra) of Eagan, MN, Larry (Irma) Shepler of Eau Claire, Michael (Virginia) Shepler of Eau Claire, Denny (Rose) Shepler of Eau Claire and Danny (Jeannette) Shepler of Fort Wayne, Ind.; sisters-in-law, Mary Stygar of Eau Claire and Jacqueline Andersen of Auburndale Fla. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her mother; and sisters-in-law, Darlene Smith and Gretchen Hotchkiss.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Plymouth United Church of Christ. The Rev. David Huber will preside over the service. Friends and family are welcome to pay condolences at the church one hour prior to the service.

Per Nancy's request, a "send off" party will be held at Shep's Northshore from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. Friends and family are encouraged to attend. Food and drink will be provided.

In lieu of flowers, all memorials will be donated to the organ transplant center at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.

Special thanks to Denice Shepler and Jackie Andersen for their time, sacrifices and loving care during Nancy's battle with COPD. Special thanks also to the doctors and nurses of the MICU at Loyola University Hospital.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin is assisting the family with arrangements.

02/13/16 04:52 PM #2    

Patricia (Trish) Drury (Franck)

I remember Nancy.  Hate seeing the comment space left empty.  With over 500 classmates in the 1967 graduating class it seems a shame that not one person left a comment.  I hope someone leaves at least one comment for me when I pass.

02/14/16 11:34 AM #3    

Jim Mazzone

Nancy diffently was a great and out going person, remember many times at Shep's with our Muskie club outings and just stopping by when up in the area.  Her love of life was an insperation to all, she is remembered and missied by many. 

Jim Mazzone

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