Adeline M. Rippley


Adeline M. Rippley, 87, formerly of Waumandee, died Monday, October 30, 2023, at The Homeplace of Mondovi, under the care of St. Croix Hospice.

Adeline was born at home on the family farm in American Valley in rural Arcadia, on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1935, to Benedict “Bennie” and Theresa (Reck) Sonsalla. She was united in marriage to Charles “Charley” Rippley, July 7, 1962, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Arcadia. Together the couple farmed in Waumandee and were blessed with two children: Patricia and Edward. Adeline had many talents in her lifetime. A seamstress who could sew anything from her sister Evelyn’s wedding dress to bridesmaid dresses for her sister Mary Rose and countless amounts of quilts and clothes. Another talent was making beautifully decorated cakes for many weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. She also enjoyed growing large pumpkins for the granddaughters for Halloween.

Adeline and Charley enjoyed traveling around the United States and Europe learning about their family heritage. On weekends, the couple would be seen at the local dance halls listening and dancing to old-time music.

She was a member of St. Boniface Parish and the PCCW, Garden Valley Homemakers, Waumandee First Responders, Buffalo County Farm Bureau, 4-H leader and the Waumandee Lions Club.

Adeline is survived by her children: Edward (Laura) Rippley of Waumandee and Patricia (Wayne Saathoff) Rippley of Brooklyn Park, MN; granddaughters: Andrea (Nick Schlais) Rippley-Schlais, Ella (Erik Twidt) Rippley-Twidt, and Anna (John Bragger) Rippley; great-grandchildren: Eli and Evie Twidt and Grace Schlais; sister, Mary Rose (James) Skroch of Arcadia; sisters-in-law: Elsie (Daniel) Brommer of Waumandee, Phyllis (John) Sonsalla of Darlington, WI, and Barbara Rippley of Northfield, MN; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles in 2021; sister, Evelyn (Alphonse) Woychik; nephew, Peter Woychik; brother-in-law, LaVern Rippley; and sister-in-law, Mary Lisowski.

Adeline’s Family would like to thank St. Michaels Assisted living for 7+ years of care, The Homeplace of Mondovi and St. Croix Hospice for their care.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, November 6, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Waumandee. Father Doss officiated. Family and friends were welcomed for visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at church. Burial was in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. To express condolences to her family online, please visit

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