Judy Arlene Ruppert

Judy Arlene Ruppert

DOVER – Judy Arlene Ruppert, 71, of Dover, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at her home.

Judy was born February 15, 1949 in Mount Wolf and was the daughter of the late Reuben and Ruth (Graybill) Ruppert.

She graduated from Northeastern High School, Taylor University in Upland, IN, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, and Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster. She was employed in the educational field as a Physical Education Teacher at the Christian School of York, High School Athletic Coach with Eastern Junior and Senior High School, and volleyball and basketball coach with York Vo-Tech. She was also employed by Standard Register in York and then as a caseworker for Bell Socialization services in York. She served as a UFMCC denominational lay leader, Deacon, board member, and worship leader in church. She was also a district board member for the UFMCC and a church youth worker. She volunteered in the women’s shelter and as a literacy tutor.

She is survived by her sisters, Jolene Liek of Dover, Debra Heikes of East Berlin, and Deanna Winterling of Lancaster, and her brothers, Jerry Ruppert of Exton and James Ruppert of Camden, SC.

A celebration of life service for Judy will begin at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at the Diehl Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 87 South Main Street, Mount Wolf. Viewing will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Judy’s service will be webcast at http://www.yourstreamlive.com/events/1609140. Burial will be private. Officiating at her service will be Reverend Eva O’Diam from Dover United Church of Christ.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider making a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice & Community Care.

The family requests that masks be worn and social distancing guidelines are followed.

To share memories of Judy please visit www.diehlfuneralhome.com.

13 thoughts on “Judy Arlene Ruppert

  1. Judy touched my life with her friendship and I am very thankful for the memories. I will always remember Judy’s kindness, compassion, beautiful smile and laughter. You will be greatly missed, Judy Ruppert – thank you for what you have given to me.

  2. Judy was one of my youth leaders when I was in high school. She was always bright-eyed and cheerful. If she was “down”, you knew it was for a good reason. Her joy of life was infectious; the good kind. I attended the same college as she did (only years later) and she had such interesting stories to share about the campus, professors, administrators, and Chicago. We lost touch for years and then reconnected at the MCC in Harrisburg one day. I was visiting with a friend and was so happy to touch base with her again. She was still the same. What a smile she can bring to my face. We both loved to sing and I’m sure she is up there joining the Heavenly choir. Sing out. Louise!

  3. Oh how she loved. Judy and I go back to youth fellowship at the Gospel Center, through MCC Lancaster and Harrisburg to Otterbein York in the choir for a time and sending her on to Dover UCC when Otterbein closed. She was the best mentor teacher one could ever have. Jolene I am so sorry I never got to visit you both again. I know you loved your sister and will miss her as much as I already do. Because of my own health and the times we live in I won’t be able to be there to say good bye. Judy was an amazing presence of God which lived and walked like Jesus did. Thank you Jolene for taking care of her as best you could. Love and prayers Steve Leiphart, from GracePlace, York Otterbein. Now retired.

    1. Steven, thank you for all your kind words. It was so good to hear from you. Judy quietly passed to her heavenly home without pain. She was listening to her favorite hymns.. I pray for your health and peaceful retirement. Jolene

  4. Judy was an exceptionally warm and friendly and caring person,it was an honor to know Judy she will make heaven a much brighter and happier place .

  5. Fond memories of Judy. We often rode home in the T-Bird after volleyball practice, and fitted more people than the T-Bird could hold. Had some fun times in the T-Bird Judy’s faith always shown through her great personality. Heaven is singing.

  6. Judy was so caring and kind to everyone. Our world has lost a truly wonderful human being who authenticity lived out her faith.

  7. Judy was one of the most welcoming members of the MCC Of the Spirit when I first attended. She was so gracious and was always there to help others. She was sincere and loving.

  8. My most precious, Judy Ruppert….I will miss you so much but know you will be with me every day. Judy had the most beautiful spirit. Her life decisions and actions were based upon serving the Lord and his people. Always. Through Judy’s unshakable faith and unconditionally loving and caring way, she touched SO many lives. Judy was also a friend, teacher, social worker and ordained pastor to many. Thank you for blessing me with your friendship for so many years, Judy. You will be greatly missed.

  9. My sweet friend Judy, oh how I loved you even though our time together was short. You were already having short term memory loss and when you saw me you would light up with that bright lovely smile of yours, and tell me “I don’t remember your name, but I know I love you.”
    Thank-you so much for the warmth and care you showed me when I needed it the most. I will never forget you.
    All my love always

  10. Judy was one of the first people I met at MCC of the Spirit. I can’t say enough about her. She welcomed me with kindness and love. I will truly, truly miss her.

  11. Judy was an exceptional person. The joy of her faith was never diminished. It was a privilege to be her pastor for 17 years at MCC of the Spirit and then to have her sing in our choir at Dover United Church of Christ. Her singing was infectious as was her joy of life. She was a gifted listener and encourager. She wanted people to reach their potential and loved God’s creation. She will be missed but we have the opportunity to allow her light to shine through us. She is singing in the heaven’s. Listen closely, you may hear her.

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