Julia Ann Lippelt, 95, a lifetime LaCrosse resident, passed away Friday, January 6, 2023, at Aviva Care in Valparaiso. She was born May 4, 1927, in Grovertown, Indiana to Nicholi & Eva Gladys (Kopka) Yakamicki and graduated from Grovertown High School. Julia and her husband had owned and operated L & M Tap in LaCrosse in the 1960’s where she accumulated many kind friends by providing homemade soups & lunches. For 9 years she worked for Lowenstine’s Department Store in Valparaiso, then for 12 years owned and operated Flowers & Such in Wanatah. As a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in LaCrosse, she enjoyed having served as president of their Ladies Aid.
Julia had a passion for flowers, gardening, and fashion. You rarely would see her without a well-thought-out outfit and every hair in place. She shared her love for flowers with her daughter Jill at their flower shop. She enjoyed visiting with all her many customers and friends and went above and beyond to please them. Her biggest joy in life were her grandchildren. She was their biggest cheerleader at many games she attended up until just a few years ago. They were the joy of her life. Julie had a passion for everyone with such empathy. She grew up appreciating the little things taught to her by her strong mother. She moved to Aviva Care three years ago and enjoyed living near her sister, Rose Jacob.
On November 26, 1948, she married Clyde “Bud” Lippelt who preceded her in death in 2007. Survivors include their children; John Lippelt of LaCrosse, Don (Jackie) Lippelt of Valparaiso & Jill (Bill) Fryar of Union Mills, sister, Rose Jacob of Valparaiso, grandchildren; Kari (Mike) Ritthaler, Eva Fryar, Jessica (Andy) Linder, Ryan (Lyndi) Lippelt, Michael (Robyn) Lippelt, Aaron (Mary) Lippelt & Dana Lippelt and great-grandchildren; Kami & Nolan Ritthaler, Leo, Ivan & Miura Lippelt, Roman, Rocco & Zara Lippelt, John Henry Lippelt, Lyla & Ophelia Linder. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother, John, sisters, Pat & Mary, an infant great-grandson, and daughter-in-law, Connie Lippelt.
A visitation will be held Friday, January 13th from 11 am – 1 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, LaCrosse with memorial service beginning at 1:00 pm, Rev. Joel S. Zipay officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Dunes Hospice. Private burial of Julia’s urn will take place at a later date.
Jill and family, so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. May she now rest in the arms of the angels. -Jeff and Penny Shotts
It is with so much fondness that I will always remember Aunt Julie. My dad loved Bud and Julie, and I remember spending time at their home in LaCrosse. What a remarkable lady, who was truly loved by friends and family. -Tami Hannon
I did Julia's hair when she first came to Avia. I was soo nervous because her hair was so perfect when she moved in. She made me feel soo comfortable and was so sweet! I fell in love with her instantly. She really did care about everyone especially her sister Rose. I'm so glad she was a part of my life. God bless. -Lori bales