Janice Mosher Rippcondi of Cumming, Georgia, died peacefully the evening of November 25, 2014, at home with her husband, Emil “Ripp” Rippcondi, daughter, Frances, and son, Robert, at her side. She was 79 years old.
Janice was born on February 13, 1935, in Oak Bluffs, the daughter of the late Philip C. and Vivian (Southworth) Mosher. After graduating from Tisbury High School in 1952, she attended Springfield College and graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business School. Later in life she received training and certification at the Edwardian Dog Grooming School.
Janice had a musical talent (playing both the piano and violin) and passed that talent on to her children. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, and socializing with friends. Most of all she loved her animals — a love she passed on to her children. Over the years Janice and her family have cared for and rescued more than 60 dogs and cats.
Nicknamed “Mighty Mouse” by her Tisbury School basketball teammates for her tenacity, Janice showed a strength of character while enduring a variety of illnesses later in life and faced them all with grace and dignity. She was always selfless, always loving.
Janice was the loving mother of Frances Rippcondi and her husband, Charles Parker, of Bradenton, Fla., Janine Campbell and her husband, Bruce, of Clermont, Fla., Robert Rippcondi and his partner, Elizabeth Kane, of Vineyard Haven, and Wendy Colwell and her husband, Daryl Colwell, of DeBary, Fla.
Janice was the proud grandmother of Kevin Kausch, Kirsten England and her husband, Mark, Angela Campbell, Kaleigh Colwell, and Adam Colwell, and great grandmother of Skye and Elijah England.
She was predeceased by her brothers Thomas P. Mosher of Hanson and Gary S. Mosher of Vineyard Haven.
A funeral service was held in Georgia on November 28. Burial will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery on State Road in Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, December 3, at 1 pm.
Donations may be made in Janice’s memory to the Humane Society of Forsyth County, P.O. Box 337, Cumming, GA 30028.
Local arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.