HIPPEN, Ella 1897-1990
HIPPEN, RIEKENS, TJADEN, TOOMSEN
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/15/2011 at 19:38:36
Services Held For Ella Hippen
Ella Hippen, 92, of Wellsburg, passed away at the Presbyterian Home of Ackley on Wednesday, June 20.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Wellsburg, with Rev. Charles Kooger officiating.
Serving as casket bearers were her grandsons, Dennis Day, Michael Ryan, Steven Bomgaars, Raymond Keninger, Edward Keninger and John Keninger. Her step-grandsons served as honorary casket bearers.
Interment was in Shiloh Cemetery in Wellsburg.
Ella J. Hippen, daughter of John and Martha Tjaden Riekens, was born December 23, 1897, on a farm north of Wellsburg. She was educated in a rural school in the area, and high school in Ackley. Later she attended Ellsworth College at Iowa Falls, and completed the Normal Training Course.
She taught in a country school in German Township.
In January of 1922, Ella was married to Ray Toomsen of that community. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm in German Township in Grundy county, until 1942, when they retired from farming and moved to Wellsburg. Ray died of a sudden heart attack in 1969.
In January of 1972, Ella was united in marriage to Jake Hippen of Wellsburg. The couple lived in Wellsburg until 1987, when they both became residents of the Presbyterian Home of Ackley.
Ella was a member of the Second Christian Reformed Church of Wellsburg, having joined by Letter of Transfer in 1951. She was a member of the Welling Workers and had been a church organist and choir director for many years.
Music was her special interest, which she shared with many. She began giving piano lessons when, with horse and buggy, she went to her pupils' homes. She continued giving lessons all the years she lived in Wellsburg, until 1972.
Ella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ray; and by one great-granddaughter.
She is survived by her husband Jake; a daughter Vivolyn (Toomsen), Mrs. Bernie Keninger, of Spencer; two step-sons and their wives, Delbert and Grace Hippen, and Raymond and Mary Hippen, all of Wellsburg; one step-daughter Anna Marie, Mrs. Larry Card, of Parkersburg; six grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
The Brandt-Fritz Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
--The Grundy Register/Wellsburg Herald (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 June 1990, pg 10
Grundy Obituaries maintained by Tammy D. Mount.
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