If you are reading this, then I have left my earthly bonds for the next adventure for my soul. I died on June 28, 2013, at the age of 84 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital with my son Jim at my side.
I was born on Feb. 22, 1929, to William and Eunice (Fishel) Murray in Caledonia, Minn. I was brought home to a farm on Union Ridge. It was Grandpa Fishel’s farm, and Mom and Dad were farming it while Grandpa was in South Dakota.
I attended school at Mound Prairie, Union Valley and graduated from St. Peter’s High School in 1946.
I met and married Ivan Tippery, a returning World War II veteran on Nov. 26, 1947. Shortly after our marriage, we moved to Dubuque, Iowa, and spent five years there. We then moved back to Minnesota to Brownsville. From there we moved to Hokah. Later we bought a small farm in Butterfield Valley outside of Hokah. Our fourth son, Jim, now owns it. He and his brothers share Ivan’s cabin on the hill for get-togethers and hunting.
I held various jobs in La Crosse including Sears, Trane Co., Gateway Transportation and retired from Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in 1992. After retiring, I took up writing and wrote a weekly column for the Houston County News and Caledonia Argus. I donated my writing because I wanted to do some kind of volunteerism from my home to entertain the readers and my friends in the area. In 2001 I published a book of stories from my columns and contributions from former Hokah residents about their memories of growing up in Hokah. It came out in conjunction with Hokah’s sesquecentenial celebration. My second book “The Bath Tub is in the Attic” was published in 2010.
My interests and hobbies were varied. I liked to sew, bake and cook and to go camping and traveling in the west with Ivan and the grandchildren.
I was preceded in death by my parents, my husband, Ivan; and two brothers, Billy Joe and Michael; one sister, Marian; and my baby twins.
I am survived by my five sons, Lee (Lisa), Tom (Nadine), Bob, Jim and Jerry (Jeanne) Tippery; six grandchildren, Travis, Willie, Shane, Jamie, Gabe and Liz Tippery; and two great-grandchildren, Elissa Tippery and Ivan A. Tippery.
I have had a happy lifetime and have five wonderful sons and their families that I am so proud of. I have been surrounded in life by many friends, who in these last years have been so good to me. I am sorry for any hurts I have caused in my lifetime. I believe God has forgiven me. I want to be cremated and my cremains buried alongside my husband Ivan on our farm.
There was a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Peter’s Church. Make memorials to St. Peter’s School. Please remember me. Aggie.
P.S. I want some beer and the ‘Minnesota Funeral Sandwich’ included in the lunch at the party.