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Lisa J. Tomczak

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WHITE CREEK, N.Y. -- Lisa J. (Garippa) Tomczak, 36, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday evening at her residence in White Creek. She was the wife of Jesse Tomczak.

Lisa was born on Oct. 7, 1970, in Cambridge, daughter of the Rev. Philip Garippa of White Creek and the late Elaine (Capwell) Garippa who died on Jan. 10, 2003. Lisa graduated from Hoosick Falls High School where she participated in field hockey, basketball and softball. She was also involved in the 4-H Club. She graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with her masters degree in MCLA. After college she moved to Augusta, Mich., where she worked at the Cheff Center for five years doing therapeutic riding.

Lisa married Jesse on Aug. 31, 1996, and they moved to Eagle Bridge. After moving back to the area she became active in sports again, coaching girls basketball and officiating at field hockey and softball games. She was the president of the Field Hockey Officials Association. Lisa enjoyed singing worship at her father’s church, the North Hoosick Methodist Church. Lisa was also a past president of the P.T.A. at Hoosick Falls Central School. She was an avid horse back rider and especially like to ride four wheelers with her family.

Survivors other than her husband, Jesse, and father the Rev. Philip Garippa, include her three children Mattie, Aaron and Zachery all of White Creek; her in-laws Gene and Janice Tomczak of Greenwich; her sisters Lois Benoit of Hoosick Falls and Lydia Denue of Bennington, Vt.; brothers Steve Garippa of Dallas, Texas, and Scott Garippa of Hoosick Falls; her sister-in-laws Sarah Tomczak of Poultney, Vt., Chenoa Tomczak of Granville, Bethany Tomczak and Stacey Gaskell both of Greenwich. Lisa is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services on Wednesday Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. from the North Hoosick Methodist Church. Burial will follow the service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Relatives and friends may call at the Mahar Funeral home, 43 Main Street on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Karen McGovern Memorial Fund or the Relay for Life in Bennington through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner from Oct. 8 to Oct. 9, 2007
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