Sandra Frances Ellis Dipple

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Sandra Frances Ellis Dipple, 74, a 40-year resident of Thornhurst, died Friday morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She was the wife of Raymond Richard Dipple. The couple was married 55 years.

Born in Tannersville, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Pauline Young Ellis. Earlier in her career, she worked at St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home. Later, until her retirement in 1995, she worked for McKinney Manufacturing in Scranton. She was an active member of St. Rita's Church, Gouldsboro, where she also served as a Eucharistic minister.

Sandra would always help a person in need, including driving the elderly to appointments and for errands. She also helped tutor Father Illuri from India when he first came to the area; this then led to a great friendship between the to two that lasted to this day. Crocheting and ceramics were also great pastimes for her.

Also surviving are two daughters, Donna Gardner and husband, Daniel, Moscow; and Cathie Chestnut and husband, Peter, Gouldsboro; a son, Raymond J. Dipple and companion, Jill, Scranton; a sister, Patricia Shelley; three brothers, George, Clyde and James Ellis; five grandchildren, Heather, Megan, Brandi, Shane and Hannah; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son, James Dipple in 1988; and a brother, Edward Ellis.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Rita's Church, 512 Main St., Gouldsboro, to be celebrated by the Rev. Alfred Vito, pastor. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Covington Twp. Family and friends are asked to proceed directly to the church Monday morning.

Viewing will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 3 First St., Spring Brook Twp.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita's Church at the address above or the , 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.strauchfu
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 20, 2013
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