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May 31, 1936 – November 4, 2023

Joachim “Jim” Ripplinger, age 87, of St. Michael passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2023.

He was born on May 31, 1936 in Trail City, South Dakota the son of Thomas & Mary (Meier) Ripplinger.

Jim was raised on a farm in Upsala, Minnesota.

He honorably served his Country in The United States Armed Forces in the military police for two years.

On December 27, 1958, Joachim “Jim” Ripplinger was joined in holy marriage to Ermalinda I. Vos at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Holdingford.   God blessed their marriage with six children.

He worked on the Iron Ore boats that sailed the Great Lakes for three years.

Jim formerly was employed at St. Regis Paper Company as plant foreman/supervisor.  He also owned and operated a hobby farm.

Jim was a faithful member of The Church of St. Albert in Albertville and was the last living member of St. Albert’s 1973 building committee.   He served twenty-three years on the Albertville Fire Department.   Jim also belonged to The Knights of Columbus.

Survived by his loving wife of sixty-four years:  Ermalinda Ripplinger; children:  Donna (Arthur) Rothstein, Deborah (Bradley) Praught, Doris (Thomas) Steffens, Diane (Douglas) Hackenmueller, Mary (Mark) Anderson and Thomas (Karla) Ripplinger; 38 grandchildren, 76 great grandchildren; sisters: Bernice (Ernie) Skwira and Mary Kostreba; many other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by a grandson Matthew Rothstein, two great grandchildren Terri Tripp and Charolette Rothstein, his parents and by twelve siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, November 8th at 11:00 A.M. at The Church of St. Albert in Albertville.

Visitation AT THE CHURCH Tuesday, November 7th 4-8 P.M.   Prayer service 7:00 P.M.   A Family Rosary will be recited at 9:30 A.M. Wednesday, November 8th.   Further visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Shawn Stevens

    Your body and mind are whole again in the presence our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your smile and patience with me as a young teen who is truly thankful for the farm lessons learned that is apart of the man I am today. Thank you Uncle Jim. Prayers of peace for Auntie Erma and the family.

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  2. Cheryl Schwieters

    Our prayers are with you all at this time. Rest in peace Uncle Jim…

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  3. Laura N.

    I’m so sorry for the loss of this faithful patriarch. He certainly contributed to the world by his fathering some of the finest people I know… who gave birth to scores of wonderful children and grandchildren as well. His positive impact will grow through the generations. I thank God for the gifts his life has given to the world. May his soul rest in peace and his family be comforted in their grief.

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  4. Rhonda Zahler

    A job well, done my good and faithful servant. I’m sure is what he heard when he entered into heaven he was a very kind man to many great father and grandfather and great grandfather I am sure he is of sound mind and body now, and is so happy may the Lord‘s peace fill each of you and comfort you in this time of your loss

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  5. Christina Ripplinger

    Uncle Jim, you will truly be missed. You were a great man that led a great life.

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