Frank G. Rippl
July 8, 1947 - August 11, 2018
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All Saints Episcopal Church
100 N. Drew Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Tuesday 8/21, 11:00 am
Wichmann Funeral Home
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Appleton, WI 54911
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The gentle soul of Frank Rippl, 71, passed on August 11, 2018 with his wife by his side. He was a musician, educator, liturgist and lifelong mentor to many of his former students. He taught vocal music in Appleton elementary schools for 33 years, holding a BME from Lawrence University, a Master’s from Denver University,…

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Lee Parker, Middleton left a message on August 24, 2018:
A "gentle soul" for sure but also a mighty one. The entire music world, most especially the Fox Valley, has lost a guiding light. We will surely miss this very talented and skilled man. We are richer for having known Frank, and for listening to his music. Many blessings...
Rev. Paul Holte left a message on August 22, 2018:
Frank was a dear friend of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Neenah, and a wonderful colleague to our own long-time organist, Marillyn Freeman, and her husband, Ralph. We so enjoyed him and his passion for music -- which was for him, I believe, an avenue for praising the Lord. Thanks be to God for his life and work -- he impacted so many lives!
Lois and Sandy Cuff (White Heron Chorale days) left a message on August 21, 2018:
Dear Carol,
Our deepest sympathy to you in this difficult time. We hold such high regard for you and Frank .....such a wonderful man! Such talent, but yet, so humble and grateful for his gift. Frank made so much music during his time in this world and his spirit will live on in the 1000's of people he touched......he will be greatly missed. May the arms of Jesus hold you close.....
Paul Hillmer left a message on August 20, 2018:
Frank was a super nice man and will be missed at Rotary. Had lunch with Frank many times over the years at Rotary. Rest in Peace Frank!
Sue Lauer left a message on August 19, 2018:
When I went to Jefferson Mr. Rippl was the music teacher and thats when my love of music was nurtured by him such a wonderful man who will be missed by so many until we meet again
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Mike Foth family left a message on August 19, 2018:
My inspiration!
Ryan Ross left a message on August 17, 2018:
I'm very saddened to hear of Mr. Rippl's passing. My time under his leadership in the Appleton Boy Choir shaped me enormously and contributed in no small part to my own musical career and pedagogical outlook.

I still remember my trip to Baraboo with the ABC, and how he stunned everyone present with his own special rendition of The Flintstones theme on the downtown theater organ there. Like much else he did, that made an enormous impression on me.
Nancy Siebecker left a message on August 16, 2018:
My daughter Jill and I, both Lawrence U graduates, send our heartfelt condolences to Carol and Frank's family. Frank was always gracious and supportive when I played on "his" lunchtime Organ Recital Series, and we enjoyed lunches together afterward that were always punctuated with his wit and humor. Rest in Peace dear faithful and gentle Christian.
Nancy Siebecker
Kathryn Weyenberg left a message on August 16, 2018:
Dear Carol - Sadness fills the entire community as we all share the great loss of Frank in our midst. He was a vital part of my musical life; I truly loved this amazing man. He simply cannot be replaced and the world is so much better for his presence.
With my deep sympathy,
Kathryn Weyenberg, Appleton
Ginny Lonzo left a message on August 16, 2018:
Frank Rippl helped us with his music through my granddaughter's funeral at All Saints. May he now Rest In Peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carol and your family.
Michael B. Hoerig left a message on August 16, 2018:
I am stunned to hear of Frank's passing. My most sincere condolences go to Carol. I've known Frank Rippl since 1974--44 years! We were both students of Miriam Duncan, although Frank was about nine years older than I. Frank was well-read in so many areas and the bounds of his musical talent seemed endless. Thank you, Frank, for sharing your gifts with us. You will be sorely missed.
Sara McPherson left a message on August 16, 2018:
Dear Carol,
I am holding you both in my heart. With love and prayers.
Thomas Nelson left a message on August 15, 2018:
A gentle soul, indeed. Loved by rotarians and an entire community. His memory willl live on in the snappy melody of 'Smile.' Rest in peace good friend.
Laurie Fannin left a message on August 15, 2018:
Always gracious, always witty...the world is a little less kind without Frank. Much love to you Carol
Jennifer Neary left a message on August 15, 2018:
Carol, I am so sorry for your loss.
Patty Sipple left a message on August 14, 2018:
My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to all of Frank’s family. All Saints has truly lost a great man, with a beautiful gift.
Sue Wurzer left a message on August 14, 2018:
I will miss seeing him & his briefcase as he ran around to accompany solo after solo at solo & ensemble. Truly a rare talent who gave generously of himself.
CGP left a message on August 14, 2018:
Mr Rippl was my music teacher at Jefferson School and I remember ta ta ti ti ta. That brought back memories of sitting in class and him teaching music. This was the late 60s and early 70s and he dressed pretty wild but he could always get us, "to cool to sing" end up joining the rest of the class. I am sure there is a big reunion up there and he is now in charge of the music. Thanks Mr Rippl for all you taught me and opening my mind to music.
rwj left a message on August 14, 2018:
there are no words
Deacon Don Schultz left a message on August 13, 2018:
The parish community of St Mary and St John the Baptist extends our heartfelt sympathy to Frank's family. He always loved hearing the bells of St Mary pealing before organ recitals. May you feel the love of God through the prayers, thoughts, and love from the hearts of those who care and share in your time of sorrow. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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