Harriet M. Lippert, nee Wiechert, 95, of Belleville, Ill., passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Belleville Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.
Harriet was born November 16, 1921, in Belleville. She was a life-long resident of Belleville, attended Washington Grade School and Belleville Township High School. While in high school, she was voted school queen for the class of 1939.
Harriet was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville. She was an active bridge player, loved traveling to all parts of the country and the world, and thoroughly enjoyed cooking meals for her family. However, her favorite activity was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When they walked into the room, her eyes would light up and a huge smile would cover her face. She dearly loved and adored her family.
Harriet was preceded in death by her husband of 74 years and the love of her life, Howard H. Lippert, whom she married on March 12, 1941, at First Presbyterian Church in Belleville; her parents, August and Wilhemina, nee Renner, Wiechert; a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Clarence Gruenewald; and two brothers-in-law, William Reed and Floyd Lippert.
Surviving are a son, Tom (Kay) Lippert of Swansea, IL;
a daughter, Ann (Neal) Holliday of Swansea, IL;
five grandchildren, Michael (Cathy) Lippert,
Greg (Amy) Lippert,
Jeff (Katie) Holliday,
Ryne (Jennifer) Holliday,
and Chris (Jessica) Holliday;
eleven great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Katherine, Brett and Grace Lippert,
Henry, Harley, Vince, CeCe, Valor, and Willa-Rose Holliday;
her sister, Wilma Reed of Carbondale, IL;
and sister in-law, Phyllis Lippert of Belleville, IL.
The family would like to acknowledge the outstanding service the Home Instead staff provided to Harriet. They are particularly appreciative of the amazing care and compassion provided by Aimee O’Leary. Her extraordinary devotion during the past six years led to a special bond between Aimee and Harriet. She became a part of the Lippert family. In addition, the family is extremely grateful for the love, support, and care demonstrated by the entire St. Paul’s Senior Community Staff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, to St. Paul’s Senior Community, to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, or to the donor’s charity of choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Belleville, Ill., with Pastor Herb Schafale officiating. A private interment will take place at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.