Barbara J. (Messmer) Lippman
1919 - 2013
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HOLYOKE - Barbara J. Lippman, 92, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Holyoke Medical Center.

Barbara was born Oct. 15, 1919, in Milwaukee, a daughter of the late John and Louise (Jahns) Messmer.

She attended Milwaukee schools and received her bachelor's degree in 1941 from Beloit College, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Barbara went on to complete her master's degree at Smith College School of Social Work in Northampton. She retired in 1985 as the director of social services at the Holyoke Medical Center after 25 years of service.

Barbara was a member of many Holyoke community groups, including Holyoke Parks and Recreation; Holyoke Junior League, where she was president for two years; the former YWCA children's service as a board member; Friends of the Holyoke Library Committee; Holyoke Canoe Club, where she was a member and continued to play tennis until she was 89 years old; and also enjoyed volunteering at Wistariahurst Museum of Holyoke.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband George Lippman and her sister Mary Lou Hennessey.

She is survived by her son John Lippman of Camden, Maine, and her daughter Jeanne Lippman of Wilton, N.Y. Barbara also leaves two grandchildren, Brandon Boutelle of Lake Placid, N.Y., and Tyler Boutelle of Lake Tahoe, Calif., and three great-grandchildren, Clara Rose, Eleanor Lou and Isabelle Lou.

A memorial service for Barbara will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Barbara's memory to Holyoke Medical Center Oncology Department, 575 Beech St., Holyoke, MA 01040.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 22, 2013.
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February 24, 2013
Jeanne and John,
I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I will always have fond memories of Aunt Barbara, a caring person who always took the opportunity to thoughtfully plan fun things that we did together during my visits to Massachusetts, ex. local sightseeing events, a trip to the basketball museum, or, dinner at her house. Since I lived in Florida, Barbara was always mindful that I wasn't able to attend family events so, she always kept me posted via letters and family pictures.

Love, George Fletcher
February 23, 2013
Dear John & Jeanne, You are in our thoughts. She was one of the most fun people to be with, we will all miss her.Best Love, Marnie & Bill
February 23, 2013
John and Jeanne,
I'm back with another comment so I can share a photo of your mom taken on my father's deck last summer. I'm going to miss talking tennis with her and running cigarettes from NH!
Cindy Barrett
February 23, 2013
Barbara and Marnie, Belmont 14 Aug 2010
Dear John and Jeanne,

After not having seen your mother for eons, I had a wonderful, uproarious visit with her while driving up and back from Holyoke to Belmont, VT, for Betsy's Party at Marnie and Bill's two years ago last August. She was so full of energy - we had a hilarious time together. I'm very sad to think she's gone and will always remember her with great affection. Hope to see you two also at some point.

Love to you both,
Anne Higgins Alexander
Anne Higgins Alexander
February 23, 2013
I have so enjoyed my visits with Barbara over the past couple of years while being back in Holyoke taking care of my father. She often stopped by with homemade soup for thoughtful... and her pea soup was especially yummy! Two of her quilts are used every day in this house and will be treasured reminders of her talent and friendship. Goodbye to a great lady who was our neighbor and friend for over 60 years! We will miss her a lot.
Cindy Barrett
February 23, 2013
Will miss my dear friend Barb-we go back to when Jeanne and I were in grade school- then later over the years visiting my parents-Lita (89) and Ken Seyffer (91) every summer was always a treat to spend a few hours with her-what a talented quilter she was-and what a sense of humor-Miss you Barb! God bless Jeanne & John-you had a great MOM! Love Weezie
Weezie Kane
February 23, 2013
Dear Jeanne and John,

We were so sorry to hear about Mrs. Gooch passing last Sunday. We had a really nice reunion with her up in Vermont at Marines' and she brought us up to date on both of you. It is sad that she was one of the last of our parent's group to go, we just wanted to pass on our condolences to you and your families.


George and Susy Nolder
Susy Bagg Nolder
February 22, 2013
Dear Jeanne and John, Your mother lived a long, productive life and was humble about her accomplishments and intelligence. She was a generous, caring, and gracious aunt who gladly opened her house to extended family. Her Christmas Eve party which she hosted for years hold treasured memories for all who attended. She was of the old school and believed in the importance of good manners and social graces. She was her own woman and had a lively spirit. While I am saddened by her death, I am grateful for her presence in my life. I will remember her always as my inimitable Aunt Barbara. I send you all my love.
Deborah Gold-Avery
February 22, 2013
Hi - I have fond memories of Mrs. Lippman. Mr. and Mrs. Lippman were true friends to my mom and dad and us girls. Now they all meet in a better place. My dad is coming in from the back 9 with Mr. Lippman to join Mrs. Lippman and my mom. All the Best - Chris Blount
Christine Graves
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