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Virginia Helen Sippl

August 16, 1934 ~ June 20, 2018 (age 83)

Virginia H. Sippl slipped away to heaven June 19th, 2018, at Good Samaritan in the Spokane Valley surrounded by her loving family. Virginia was born in Spokane, Washington, on August 6, 1934, to Lee and Helen (Cruz) Kalez. Virginia attended St. Francis Xavier grade school, graduated from Holy Names Academy and worked in Spokane as a dental assistant. Virginia married the love of her life Robert E. Sippl on September 7, 1957, and cherished their sixty years together.  After living briefly in Wisconsin, Virginia and Robert returned to Spokane where they made their home for the many years since. Her life’s joy was welcoming and raising three wonderful children Susan, Teresa and Robert T. Being surrounded by family and grandchildren for holidays and gatherings at special occasions was the joy of her very being.  Virginia was an accomplished cook and treasured hosting the festive family meals where untold piles of her legendary pierogies disappeared in voracious eating contests. Virginia was known for her talent as a seamstress and also very proud of her years of jogging in the 1970’s before running became a Spokane frenzy and later participated in many Bloomsday runs. She also savored many sunny summer days at Sandy Beach in Liberty Lake lounging with her daughters at the lake cabin. Virginia’s greatest joys in life were her husband, children, grandchildren and the times they spent together. Virginia is survived by her loving husband, Robert, three children, Susan Lauer, Teresa Shively (Rick) and Robert T Sippl, grandsons Trevor Shively (Ann) and Austin Shively, brothers Dr. Robert Kalez (Rebecca), James Kalez (Kathy) sister-in- laws Charlotte Ebrahardy and Mary Kathryn Ruesch along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Virginia is preceded in death by her parents Lee and Helen Kalez, sister Jean Grant and sister-in-law Jean Sagstetter. The family extends heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at Good Samaritan Society, Spokane Valley who helped ease Virginia’s transition. A rosary will be held Tuesday, June 26, 10:30am. followed by the funeral mass 11am. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 503 N. Walnut Rd, Spokane Valley, WA, with a reception to follow.  Inurnment will take place at the the Washington State Veterans Cemetery following the reception, at 3pm. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to Good Samaritan Society, Spokane Valley. 


Donations may be made to:

Good Samaritan of Spokane Valley Bus Fund
17121 E 8th Ave, Spokane Valley WA 99016


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