Delora Louise "Dode" TRIPATHI

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Delora "Dode" Tripathi, a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away at her Cloverdale home on June 26. Almost 87 years old, she was the matriarch of a loving and devoted family. Dode, as she was affectionately known, was the first of two daughters born to Maurice and Helen Scheemeacker, in Chicago, IL in 1926. After graduating from high school during World War II, she intended to go to college but she contracted polio. Doctors at the time said would be in a wheelchair and childless. Dode proved them wrong on both counts. In 1949, after recovering from polio, Dode's mother, a recent widow, moved the family to San Francisco. Soon after, Dode met her husband Trip, to whom she would be married almost 61 years. Married in June 1951, Dode joined her husband in Calcutta, India, where he was working. Pregnant with their first child, she was reunited with Trip. Daughter Neena was born in February, 1952. The young family lived there almost three years in close proximity to Trip's family. Their second son, Jay, was born a year later and in late 1953 they returned to San Francisco with another baby on the way. Rob was born in San Francisco in 1954. They settled just south of San Francisco where their youngest daughter, Lynne, was born in 1957. The 1960s brought a move to Marin County, a three-year transfer to the East Coast, and a subsequent return to Marin County. During the 1970s, with their children now grown, Dode and Trip moved to Taiwan for several years, returning to their home in Marin. The next 20 years, Dode enjoyed her family, life-long friends, gardening, bridge, needlework and accompanying Trip on his many international travels. In 2002, they moved to their Clover Springs home to be closer to their family. Trip passed away in December, 2011. Dode leaves behind her daughter Neena and husband Val, their children Lisa Bates and her husband Perry and their three daughters; Ross Hanchett, his wife Sara Katey and their three children; Janelle MacDonald, her husband Mac and their three children; her son Jay and his wife Lori and their children Elena Halvorsen, her husband Richard, and their children Mia and Colby; Davis and his wife Julia; her son Rob and his daughter Cheryl; her daughter Lynne Tripathi-Parker, her husband Todd and their two children Kendall and her partner Tehran Clark and Tynan; her great niece Gita O'Flaherty, her husband Michael and their daughter Brooke; her cousin Pat Lusse and her husband Wolfgang; and many lifelong friends. In India, she leaves several nieces and nephews. Dode's family wishes to thank Loata Varea and her family, Sheri McGinnis, Alice Davis and Carol House for the exceptional and loving care of their mother. They also wish to thank the North County Hospice team who provided almost 12 months of support and care to Dode and her family. A gathering of family and friends will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Firecreek Lodge in Clover Springs, 215 Red Mountain Dr. in Cloverdale. The family suggests donations to North County Hospice, 205 East, Healdsburg, CA 95448 and the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, P.O. Box 3, Cloverdale, CA 95425, in lieu of flowers.
Published Online in the Press Democrat from July 20 to July 21, 2013