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Velma Louise (Urban) Sippie, 82 – A Career Librarian

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velma sippie obituary

Velma Louise (Urban) Sippie of Frackville, died Thursday December 3, 2020 at Golden Living Center York Terrace, Pottsville.

Born April 18, 1938 in Higginsville, Lafayette County, MO, She was a daughter of the late Edwin H. and Bernita A. (Pryor) Urban.

She attended Chihuahua School, RR1 near Higginsville, before moving to Warrensburg, MO to attend College High School on the campus of Central Missoui State University, now known as the University of Central Missouri, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Central Missouri before completing her degree work in Library Science through the State Library in Pennsylvania in 1973. She worked as the Assistant Librarian in the Frackville Free Public Library from 1968-1973 before being promoted to Library Director, serving from 1973 until her retirement in 2001. Following the death of her husband, she also worked as a medical librarian at the former Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center from 1990 to her full retirement in 2003.

She and her husband met while he was stationed at the Whiteman Air Force Base near Warrensburg, MO. They were Married June 1, 1956 at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Warrensburg. To this union, five children were born who survive her, Son David Sippie and his wife Rhonda of Overland, MO; daughter Teri Krolick of Gordon; daughter Angela Jordan and her husband Rob of Gordon; Son Steve Sippie and his fiancé Brenda of Frackville and Jason Sippie of Frackville. Six grandchildren and 1 Great grandchild who she was very proud of, Jonathan Krolick and his fiancé, Amanda Morgan of Ashland; Andrew Sippie of Overland; Joshua Sippie and his wife Miranda of NY; Justin Jordan and his wife Brit of Mountaintop; Darrell Sippie of Mahanoy City; Dylan Sippie of Frackville; Great Grandchild Joy Isabel Jordan.

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One of the proudest accomplishments of her life was raising her children to value the important things in life and to maintain the closeness of the entire family; sharing vacation adventures together with her children, grandchildren and great grandchild.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 Wednesday December 9, 2020 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church (formerly St. Ann), 49 N. Line St. Frackville, PA 17931. The Rev. Brian Miller will be officiating. Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Joseph the Worker Memorial fund, 7 S. Broad Mountain Ave. Frackville, PA 17931. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Frackville.

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