OBITUARIES: Rippel, Thyberg

Jay Rippel, Sr. (1935 – 2021)

CHATHAM—Jay Rippel, Sr., of Columbia County went into the loving arms of his wife, Dorothy, Thursday, September 9. They were married for 62 beautiful years.

He was an astounding man whose many accomplishments included several years in the military, several more years as a policeman and even more time as a firefighter. He also worked for the Columbia County Correctional Facility as well as GE in Selkirk.

He is most fondly remembered as a family man with his six biological children and numerous foster children along with 23 grandchildren, many of whom surrounded him as he departed this world.

He leaves behind: two sisters, Lee and Susan; his children, Betsy, Jay Jr., Michael, Janet, Andrew and William. “Gramps” welcomed his first grandchild into the world 48 years ago and his most recent great-grandchild only one year ago for a total of 37 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, not including the one on the way. Always quick with a joke, he was an active member of the family even at the age of 85, attending all events from graduations to farmers’ markets. He was an infinite source of stories and jests “and dirty ditties.”

He will forever live on in his family’s memories and stories. “We were so blessed for all the time we had with him.” A celebration of life for Mr. and Mrs. Rippel will be held in the future. To leave condolences visit

Vera Thyberg

Vera M. Thyberg (1930 – 2021)

HILLSDALE—Vera M. Thyberg, 91, of Hillsdale was a devoted wife and mother, who passed away at home, Sunday, August 29, 2021 after a long battle with dementia.

She was the daughter of Scottish immigrants, Mabel and Edmond Green.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward M. Thyberg, Sr. They were married in Queens, July 10, 1948. She described herself as an avid student. Early in her career she was a professional dressmaker and had her own business. She decided that she wanted to teach and became a vocational teacher in dressmaking and fashion. She always continued her education at night school and after 10 years of teaching, became a guidance counselor for BOCES. She was very active in VICA (vocational industrial clubs of America) and won several awards. She often ran conferences for national competitions and worked on a team that competed in parliamentary procedures. After retiring from BOCES, she traveled extensively throughout Europe and China with her husband. She then decided to learn to paint and took lessons for several years. She began to display and sell some of her paintings in art shows. Then, she decided to teach art at the Claire Teague Center and taught for more than 20 years. The class was called “Vera’s painting class” and it continues to this day.

Mrs. Thyberg belonged to the Egremont Garden Club and often held office. She loved people and would love to have dinner parties. She was a member of the North Egremont Baptist Church. She had many friends and loved her pets both dogs and cats.

She leaves behind: her son and daughter, Edward and Joyce; three grandchildren, Edward, Heather and Lauren; four great-grandchildren, Collin, Jaylin, Elizabeth and Klaus. She was generous with her time and efforts. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she will be sorely missed.

There are no plans for a formal service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Peck and Peck Funeral Home, Copake.

Donations in her memory are welcomed at The Community Hospice of Columbia & Greene Counties, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414.

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