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152 Worcester Street
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North Grafton, MA 01536
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Debra S.
Ripsz

September 15, 1960 – April 24, 2018

Debra Ripsz
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Condolence From: Patricia Hubbard
Condolence: I wish to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Debra Ripsz.
Sunday May 20, 2018
Condolence From: Chris Heard
Condolence: I very much enjoyed working with Debra at 3Com/Chipcom. Her energy was incredible and positive and left you feeling good about everything. It's so great that she left a mark on the world with her work at Defense-wise also. I hope the family is strengthened by this and is able to find a positive outcome.
Monday May 14, 2018
Condolence From: Declan
Condolence: Sincerest condolences

I worked at 3com (Dublin, Ireland and Marlborough ) with Debra for a number of years - it was always a pleasure, and a truly great privilege to know and work with her ..

My thoughts are with you at this time
Declan Carew
Tuesday May 01, 2018
Condolence From: Nayak family
Condolence: Our daughter, Meghana started karate lessons at Sensei Deb’s studio in early 2011. Sensei’s passion and commitment towards her craft was visible from day one. She took every child unde her wings and brought out the best in them. We saw our daughter transform from a delicate girl to one who could split wood with her arm. She was more confident and slowly but surely cane out of her shell. Sensei Deb was always encouraging her to do better. She and I talked a lot before and after classes. We were sad to leave her studio when we moved out of state. She will be missed by all her students. May she Rest In Peace. May god give her family the strength to cope through this difficult time.

Nayak family ( Meghana’s parents)
Monday April 30, 2018
Condolence From: Linda Karmeris
Condolence: Dear Sweet Debbie,

Rest in peace Sweet Girl. You have earned your Angel Wings. We are all better for having had you in our lives. You will be missed.

Lin K
Sunday April 29, 2018
Condolence From: Liz, Bruce, Colin, Catherine and Madeline Spinney
Condolence: Sensei Deb will be in our hearts forever. It is so hard to believe that she is gone, and it has left a huge hole in our lives, especially in Colin's. Colin began as a student of Sensei Deb's in 2012 when he was just four. Just a few weeks later, he learned that he had a brain tumor, and the it was cancerous. The incredibly kind and thoughtful person that she is, Deb sent Colin her angel bear to give him strength, and rallied her students to send him a get well poster to show their support. The love that Sensei showed toward Colin no doubt helped him get through his treatment. Colin returned to class some months later, but Sensei did allow Colin to let his cancer hold him back, and he earned his yellow belt in just a few weeks. Even when she got sick again, Sensei Deb kept teaching as much as she could. She just wanted to be there for those students she loves so much. She was one of the kindest people we've ever known, and we will miss her terribly, but we will also remind ourselves every day to live life like she did--to make each day count, to show respect at all times, to stay strong in mind and body, and to be good to each other.
Sunday April 29, 2018
Condolence From: Ruth and Don Lundstrom
Condolence: We were fortunate to have known Deb through skiing, kayaking and wine tasting parties. Also those fabulous Halloween parties where we met people from all the other areas of her life. Everyone loved Deb. She was a shining light, always smiling and making us feel like we were important to her. She was genuine and gracious. Deb, we pray the angels will hold your hand and guide you in heaven.
Saturday April 28, 2018
Condolence From: Linda Morse
Condolence: The first time I met Deb at her mother's house, she strode right over to me and gave me a big hug.
And, of course, Deb's famous warm and embracing smile.
How much I admired her courage and self-effacing way. The Universe has lost a beautiful spirit.
Saturday April 28, 2018
Condolence From: The Wilson Family.. Kevin, Claire, Megan and Sophie
Condolence: Such a sad loss and we send our love, thoughts and prayers to Debs family . Deb was a great friend and teacher to our family. She taught our daughters karate for many years and showed them how to have confidence, strength , respect and honesty. She gave them the building blocks to have success in life and will never be forgotten although greatly missed!
Friday April 27, 2018
Condolence From: Rick Hobbs
Condolence: How am I so lucky to have had a friend like Deb? And how is it fair that she's left us so soon?
Quick story, one of many:
Deb was a member of my ski group, and on one of our weekend trips to Sunday River, she let me give her her first snowboarding lesson. This was before I had any formal training in the art. Things were going well enough, but then she caught her heelside edge and took a horrible shot to her tailbone. "Oh my God, she's gonna hate me for this," I thought. But thanks to her martial arts training, she shook it off and later she'd be telling people what a great instructor I was. And I did go on to become a ski and snowboard instructor for a time, in no small part because of her encouragement. Turns out she was teaching me all along. The quote from Booker T. Washington applies so we'll to how she lived. A worthy example indeed to follow going forward.
To all her family and uncountable legions of friends, I offer my most sincere and deepest condolences.
Aloha and much Mahalo, Deb!
You will not be forgotten.
Rick
Thursday April 26, 2018