FAIRMONT - Funeral services for Valerie Wipplinger, 69, of Fairmont will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Fairmont. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Wells. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at the United Methodist Church in Fairmont.
Valerie passed away Thursday afternoon, Dec. 6, 2012, at the St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. The Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Valerie Rose Wipplinger was born on April 23, 1943, in Wells, the daughter of George Otto and Helen Winnifred (Paske) Wipplinger. As a young girl, Valerie grew up on the Wipplinger Farm near Keister and later moved with her parents to a farm north of Wells. Valerie attended school in Wells, and later attended schools in Michigan and Owatonna.
Later in life, Valerie moved to Fairmont and began her stay with R.E.M. She worked for many years at MRCI, retiring in June 2012. Valerie had a love of people and truly cared for those that she called her friend. She enjoyed sending special cards, making sure to never to miss birthdays or the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. She loved children and animals and was always checking in on her caretaker's families to make sure they were doing OK. Valerie's mom was a wonderful organist and pianist and growing up in a house full of music, Valerie too found a love of music. She looked forward to attending dances and always made sure she looked good, getting her hair and nails done and having a nice new outfit to wear. Valerie treasured the memories made on the many trips that she took to Hawaii, Florida; Branson, Mo.; Chicago and the North Shore of Minnesota. She will be greatly missed by those that loved her and called her friend.
Left to cherish Valerie's memory is her special friend, Russell Stade, Christi Redenius and family; as well as her extended family who were blessed to know her at R.E.M and MRCI. Valerie was preceded in death by her parents, George and Helen Wipplinger.