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Updated: 02/13/2014 03:41:33PM

Pauline R. Ripa

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Pauline R. Ripa, 79, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

She was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Holyoke, Mass., and moved to this area in 1991 from Chicopee, Mass. Mrs. Ripa was a retired Assistant to the District Manager at Verizon Telephone Company. She was a member of San Antonio Catholic Church, and also a member of the church’s Women’s Guild.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, John; daughter, Donna (Bob Bender) Rokowski of Punta Gorda; son, John of Punta Gorda; sister, Lorraine Laprade of Easthampton, Mass.; grandchildren, Christopher (Melissa Pope) and Michele Rokowski; and two great-grandchildren, Brody Pope and Bentley Pope.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004; or American Cancer Society, 4575 Via Royale, Suite 110, Fort Myers, FL 33919. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at San Antonio Catholic Church, 24445 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, Fla.

Arrangements were made in Port Charlotte.

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