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Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 17:15:16 EDT

Mrs. Anna Geltz was born in Wurtemburg, Germany 11th February, 1824; and
came with her parents to this country when she was nineteen years old. She
soon after meet and married Jacob Rippel. They resided at or near Zoar, and
he worked some years for the Society. They then moved to Dover, and for
perhaps twenty years, kept a saloon on Factory Street; and it was a resort
for the old Germans to drop in, smoke, play rounce and drink their beer just
as they used to in the Vatter Land. Mr. Rippel died a half dozen years ago,
but Mrs. Rippel continued the business till within the past eighteen months,
when she went to make her home with her son Theodore and family; occasionally
spending a few weeks with her daughter, Mrs. Christian Tritt, at Liverpool,
Medina County. Herself and Mr. R. were the parents of eight children, four
of whom still live; and three of her brothers survive her; our friend Jacob
Geltz of the Zoar Road being one.
Mrs. Rippel failed very fast during the past two years, seemingly from a
general breaking down of the system; though she had been a rugged, strong
woman most of her life. She has been confined to her bed since Christmas, and
was kindly cared for by Mrs. Tritt and her daughters-in-law. Her last
illness was painless, and she seemed to just sleep away. The funeral was
conducted Sunday morning by her pastor, Rev. Helmkamp, and her remains placed
beside her husband in our city cemetery; a very large assembly of friends
Date of death, 17 Jan. 1895. Submitted by Anita A. Rippel

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