Velma M. TeKippe

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Velma M. TeKippe, age 95 of New Hampton, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center. Velma was born to William and Anna (Johnson) Mettner on April 27th, 1917. She graduated from New Hampton High school and taught in the rural schools in the area. On April 10th, 1939 she married Paul TeKippe. They made their home in Fort Atkinson, New Hampton, Cameron MO, San Francisco, *** in the Navy, and New Hampton, and Gladbrook. They worked side by side in the grocery stores for over 60 years. Paul and Velma were the proud parents of son Richard (Margaret Fitzgerald) TeKippe. They were also the proud grandparents of Jeff, Laura, Joe (Jamie), John (Sherri), and Jim (Stephanie), and great grandchildren P.J. Michael, Heather (Kyle), J.R., Hannah, Gerene, Richie, Madison, and Nicholas. At Christmas Velma was able to make her acquaintance with a great great grandson Lincoln (Heather and Kyle Maakestad). Velma and Paul loved having the grandchildren come to their store in Gladbrook. Velma is preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1995, her grand-daughter Laura in 2011, and her brothers Virgil and Harold in addition to her parents. Velma was a lifelong member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Catholic Daughters of America. After returning to New Hampton she was active in the St Joseph's church and schools. Velma did a beautiful job of laundering the church linens and was a volunteer aid for the preschool and kindergarten classes. She also participated in 'grandparents day' for a niece and nephew. In addition to loving her family, Velma loved fashion and was known for her love of her high heels. Cemetery: Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in New Hampton. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, February 1, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Holy Family Parish - St. Joseph’s Center in New Hampton with Father Mark Osterhaus celebrating the mass.

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  1. Dear Rich and Marge, Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you celebrate Velma’s life which was full of life and spirit. May she be at peace and enjoying her reunions in heaven.

  2. Rich & Marge, Our sympathy and prayers to you on the loss of your mother. I talked to her last week and told her I would see her this Wednesday. Guess it was not to be.
    Velma was a wonderful lady and I will miss her dearly. It is so difficult to lose a mother regardless of age but she now joins Paul and they will be happy together once again.
    Love & Prayers, Karen & Merle

  3. Rich and Marge
    We have you in our thoughts and prayers. Velma was a very classy lady and a great friend for a long time.

  4. I have many fond memories of Velma (and Paul) throughout my teenage years working for them at the store. I remember all the nice things they did for me — especially when it was time to go to a dance, and she would let me wear something fancy of hers. She was indeed a special, wonderful lady and will be missed by many. Even though we will be unable to attend the services for Velma, please know that your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Marge and Rich Sorry to hear about the death of your Mom Rich. My prayers and sympathy go out to you and all of your family.

  6. Rich & Marge- You have our sympathy. I always enjoyed talking to your mom as she and my dad were in high school together and I heard many stories from both of them. We will all remember what a “special” lady she was.

  7. Rich and family ~~ our deepest sympathy to all of you with the passing of Velma. She was always such a stylish, sweet lady. I loved to talk to her when I made deliveries to her and then when she went into the nursing home. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have and share them now at this difficult time. God Bless all of you.

  8. Rich, and all the family. My deepest sympathy goes out to you. Velma lived a good life. She always was cheerful and loved you all. May God bless you all!! She always looked her best -sharp lady!!

    Mike Fitzgerald, Sherman Texas

  9. Rich, Marge and family – I am so sorry to read of Velma’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I’m sure Laura welcomed her with open arms. Ann

  10. Rich, Marge and the entire TeKippe family: I loved her style, her fashion, and her love for her family. May she join the love of her life, Laura, and so many of our loved ones we miss so dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

  11. Rich, Marge, and families. We are thinking of you with thoughts and prayers for your loss. She was a lovely lady. Our sympathies.

  12. Your family has our deepest sympathy. Velma was quite an interesting lady – one of a kind. We enjoyed the stories she would tell at coffee after church.

  13. Dear Rich, Marge & Family. Our deepest sympathy at this time of your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of Velma…our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
    Velma was a very special friend and a inspiration to me. She loved life to the fullest, her family, her hair appontments, and (as Howard said) her car. We will cherish her memory forever in our hearts and know you will to. Blessings.

  15. So very sorry to read of Velma’s death. Our prayers and sympathy to you and your family. We are thinking of you.

  16. My sympathy to Velma’s family. My children worked at the Gladbrook grocery store for Paul and Velma. I appreciate the many good things Paul and Velma instilled in our children creating a good work ethic. Rest in peace Velma.

    John Clausen

  17. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time

  18. Rich, Marge, and family — Please accept our deepest condolences on the death of Velma. She was always a very classy lady and was always great to visit with. We are sorry that we will not be able to attend the services, but please accept our deepest sympathies.

  19. Rich, Marge, and family, We are sorry to learn of Velma’s death. I always enjoyed visiting with her at the clinic–such a classy lady. It is hard to loose a parent no matter what their age, but i am sure her reunion in heaven with Paul and Laura was great. God Bless. Pat and Carol

  20. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Velma was a very classy lady, keep the good memories close to your heart.

  21. Rich, Marge & family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Velma was one classy lady!! May she rest in peace. God bless.

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