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February 28, 2020

1/22/2020 10:31:00 AM
Nancy Jane (Torkelson) Rippentrop

Nancy Jane (Torkelson) Rippentrop died peacefully surrounded by her three children at Three Links Care Center in Northfield on Jan. 12, 2020, at the age of 71.
Nancy leaves to cherish her memory, her children: Laura (Mark) Johnson of Spicer, Lynette (Derek) Nissen of Northfield, Matthew Johnson of Mound; son-in-law, Dale Baker (surviving spouse of Lisa); step-children: Jodi (Mark) Witt of Winona and Micheal Rippentrop of Rochester; grandchildren: Brandon (Jillian), Courtney (Jeremy), Corbin, Katelyn, Nicholas, Megan, Landon and Luke; step-grandchildren: Aaron, Allison, Layla, Brooklyn, Logan; 11 great-grandchildren; and three siblings: Jerry (Barb) Torkelson, Randy (Linda) Torkelson and Mark (Donna) Torkelson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Rippentrop; daughter, Lisa Baker; and parents, Charles and Edna Torkelson.
Nancy was born on June 25, 1948, in Springfield to Charles and Edna Leopold) Torkelson.
She graduated from Windom High School in 1966.
She married Roger Johnson in 1972. They resided in Mankato before moving to Monticello, Ill., where they owned and operated a jewelry business. They then moved to Spicer, where they continued to raise their four children.
Nancy went on to marry Norman Rippentrop in 1992. They resided in Eden Prairie for most of their married life. Nancy was employed in retail sales, medical billing and as a receptionist at Rudy Luther Toyota in Golden Valley when she retired in 2017.
Nancy loved to bake cakes and goodies for her family and friends. She enjoyed family outings, spending time with her children and grandchildren by the pool, laughing and being silly with her children, decorating and sending thoughtful cards to people she loved.
Nancy took pride in her appearance and dress and was thought of by many as caring and "classy."
By God's divine plan, Nancy passed away on the fourth anniversary of her oldest daughter, Lisa's, passing and they are now reunited in heaven.
A funeral is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 27, at the First United Methodist Church in Windom, with Pastor Dale Baker officiating.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m., with the service at noon. A light lunch will follow the service at the church.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate Nancy's life.

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