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Kathleen Tripi

KATHLEEN TRIPI (nee DiPenti), age 90. Beloved wife for 52 years of the late Phillip. Loving mother of Phillip, Jr. (Patricia), Joseph (Michele, deceased), Gregory (Suzanne), Kathy Fatica (David), Paul (Jayna) and Robert (Diana). Dearest grandmother of 17, and great-grandmother of 17. Cherished daughter of the late Michael and Aurel DiPenti (nee Gearing); Dear sister of Michael (wife Dian) and the late David; Treasured sister-in-law of Rosalie Vantusko and Martha Tripi; Dear aunt and great-aunt of many.

Kathleen “Kitty” Tripi was born in her parents’ home in Little Italy on August 15, 1928 and passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 10, 2018. She grew up in several locations on the east side of Cleveland until her family purchased their first home in Mayfield Heights, where she attended and graduated from Mayfield High School in 1946. She then attended Dyke and Spencerian College, after which she worked for Nash Automobiles. She married Phillip in 1952, and then moved to Lyndhurst where they raised their six children. She embraced and loved family gatherings, and especially cherished holidays and special occasions. When not busy managing the household, she assisted her husband with his law practice. She and Phillip were avid Bridge and Pinochle players, played in two bowling leagues, and were active members of Berkshire and Aurora Country Clubs. They traveled the United States on yearly camping trips with their young family, covering 46 states. They then spread their wings and traveled to more than fifty countries on six continents. She loved to end her busy day with a good book, sometimes reading two or three at a time. Kitty and Phillip were married for 52 years before he passed away in 2005. She remained the guiding figure in her family that grew to include 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She led her large family with grace, wisdom, and eternal optimism. Whether called Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma, Aunt Kitty, or friend, she cherished her time spent with all. Kathleen will be forever missed.

Celebration of Life Service at the Funeral Home, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 10 AM. Burial following at Lake View Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Kathleen at DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS 28890 CHARDON ROAD, (between Bishop Rd and Rt. 91) TUESDAY 2-4 & 5-8 PM and WEDNESDAY 9AM until time of service.

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  1. My sincere and deepest condolences to the Tripi Family.

  2. Rob;
    I am praying for you and your family during your time of the loss of your mom.

    Mike Gerber

  3. Dear Rob,
    I wish I could have met your beautiful Mother.
    No doubt, she was an amazing person, having raised such a wonderful, loving & giving son as you.
    I’m sure she knew your extreme love for her during her time on earth & took those warm ‘Mommy heart’ feelings & memories with her to heaven. I love that you mentioned that our faith helps us believe that you will see her again.
    Prayers for strength, courage & peace as God helps you ALL through this difficult time.
    Soon may your sadness & tears be replaced with happy memories and allow your precious hearts to smile again.
    With love & prayers,
    Cheri Waldeck

  4. Adam & Miranda Riegler

    Condolences to the Tripi family – you are in out thoughts.

  5. Jeff and Kristin Kepreos

    May all of you find peace in knowing that she is in a better place. God’s Blessings to your entire family.

  6. Rob and Family,
    With my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your lovely Mother. What a wonderful legacy having such a beautiful family.
    With love
    Nancy Santilli

    • Dear Nancy,

      My family and I truly appreciate your warm thoughts and support for us during this difficult time. Thank you.



  7. Ronnie Continenza

    Dear Rob and Family:

    I am saddened to hear of your loss. I pray God will comfort you all.

    May God Bless you and your family.

    Ronnie Continenza

  8. Kathleen’s joyful smile and ready sense of adventure helped her live life to the fullest. She set a wonderful example for her family, and I know she will be missed. I have corresponded with Kathleen every Christmas for the past 30 years. She always filled me in on her family and activities. I was amazed by her newsy letters, and in awe of her travels during the year. She is my hero!

  9. Dearest Tripi Family!

    I wanted to send my sincere condolences in your time of loss. It looks like your lives were immeasurably enriched because of your Mom/Grandma/Great Grandma! Thank you for sharing the pictures. A life well lived, with so many who loved her.

    Blessings to you this day!

    • Dear Jody,

      My family and I truly appreciate your warm thoughts and support for us during this difficult time. Thank you.



  10. What an amazing and beautiful woman she was. Much love to the entire family from Jody and Jaime.

  11. Thank you to all who left a message of condolence to our family. Your heartfelt messages made us smile and gave us strength as we celebrated my mother’s beautiful life. It was such an honor to meet many of you over the past several days, and to share our favorite stories or remembrances. We will forever appreciate your support.

  12. Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories.

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