Julia Rippens Schaefer, age 78, of Erie, died on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Forestview Nursing Facility, following a brief illness. She was born in Lima, Ohio on August 14, 1934, a daughter of the late William and Juliana Hayck Rippens. She worked for many years as a secretary in both the insurance and legal fields. She enjoyed reading and music, playing locally with the Gem City Jazz Band. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Schaefer, in 1994, and one brother Gregory "Pete" Rippens. She is survived by one son Steven (Jennifer Hammill) Schaefer of Erie, one grandson Michael Schaefer, one niece Joyce (Dave) Hauser and one nephew Roger (Thora) Rippens. Friends may call at the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Rd., Erie, PA 16504, on Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service there at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to either Great Lakes Hospice, 1700 Peach St., Erie, PA 16550, or the Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 West 8th St., Erie, PA 16501. Please visit www.schmidtfuneralhomeerie.com to sign the Book of Memories.
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Schmidt Funeral Home
5000 Wattsburg Road Erie, PA 16504
Published in the Erie Times-News on Nov. 25, 2012