Velma M. TeKippe
April 27, 1917 ~ January 29, 2013
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.