Rotena DuBois Nippert
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Rotena DuBois Nippert
November 11, 2020
Lake Katrine, NY
Rotena DuBois Nippert, 83, passed away quietly after a prolonged illness on November 11th in Kingston City Hospital. She was born in Newburgh in 1937 and grew up in Marlboro, NY, the daughter of the late Edith and John DuBois. She was very proud of her Huguenot heritage and that her ancestors settled New Paltz. After graduating High School in Marlboro she attended Cortland State Teachers College, earning a degree in Elementary Education and marrying Victor Nippert.
She was so proud of her children, Dr. Victor Nippert, Dr. Christina Nippert-Eng, Katrina Johnna Nippert and John Conrad Nippert and all of their families accomplishments. Long discussions of their many skills and awards were very common with anyone who asked about them. She also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She substituted for ten years in the elementary schools of Kingston and then taught full time for 28 years at the Ed Crosby Elementary school. She was the last teacher having a piano in her classroom, where every day the kids opened the day singing the National Anthem and a few other songs that tied in with the subjects of the day.
She loved swimming, bowling, hiking and walking and playing her piano. She was also an avid professional soccer fan. She and her husband traveled extensively to all corners of the USA flying model airplanes in competition. She is the only woman to be voted into the Flying Aces Hall of Fame.
Tena also volunteered to work at the Town of Ulster Library and sat on the Library Board until she was unable to continue due to illness. She also taught bowling to children on Saturdays at the local Hoe Bowl, something she enjoyed very much as she watched them grow and gain skills until they were old enough for the adult leagues.
She was very active at the St. James Methodist Church, singing Alto in the Senior Choir, being director for the Children's Choir, teaching Sunday School and serving as the Church's Historian.
Tena had a warm and engaging personality, made friends very easily and always had a kind word for everyone, leaving a smile on everyone's face. She loved everyone and will be missed by all who knew her, especially her extensive family.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers any donations be sent to St. James Methodist Church, 29 Pearl Street, Kingston, NY 12401 for the Music Ministry and Outreach Programs.

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Published in Times Herald-Record from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2020.
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November 15, 2020
I was fortunate to experience my first year of teaching at Crosby in 1987 when the sixth graders were still in the elementary schools. Having been hired Labor Day weekend that year, I hardly had time to get my room and resources ready for "my kids." Tena took me under her wing helping and encouraging me throughout the year. She was kind and caring and yes, I remember the piano! Devoted and dedicated to all the kids, her colleagues, and her craft. She was one of a kind! RIP Tena and thank you for making my first year one of the most memorable.
Deborah Izzo
Coworker
November 14, 2020
Mrs.Nippert was a Gentle Kind Loving soul to all who knew her. I am one of lucky ones who knew her,having met her through her Husband Viic who was one of my High School Teachers, Mrs.Nippert and I would joke about Some of her husband's Adventures during or after church.I will miss her.and my sympathies and Condolences to Vic and Family.
Candace R.Teetsel
Acquaintance
November 14, 2020
I met Tena when I volunteered at the Ulster Library as the Children's Story Teller. She was a delightful ray of sunshine ! Always had interesting conversations with her. A lovely lady.
Lynnann Madison
Neighbor
November 14, 2020
She was my favorite grade school teacher. I always looked forward to her fourth grade class. She was so dedicated to her students and taught us so much. It was really that she played her piano every day.
Jill O'Brien
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