Kathleen Marie Rippert

Kathleen Marie Rippert

October 09, 1972 ~ April 26, 2024

Date of Service:
May 15, 2024


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In loving memory of Kathleen Rippert, it is with heavy hearts that we share the news of her passing on April 26, 2024. Born on October 9th,1972 Kathleen (Kate) departed from this world peacefully in her home in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was 51 years old. Her sudden departure has left us shocked and devastated, and words fail to capture the depth of our grief.

She received her early education in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She also attended the Naples American High School in Italy and received her bachelor’s degree from Immaculata College in Pennsylvania. She completed her education with a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Kate was more than just a daughter, sister, cousin, partner, and friend; she was a beacon of light in the lives of all who knew her. Her boundless passion, kindness, and creativity left an indelible mark on countless souls. With her humor, her infectious smile, and unyielding optimism, she radiated love wherever she went, touching hearts and inspiring those around her.

Among her many accomplishments, Kate dedicated herself to meaningful causes, especially for veterans. She was instrumental in establishing the Coastal Bend Field of Honor to Corpus Christi, where she raised funds and was deeply involved with its development. It was the first of its kind in the area. It is a testament to her compassionate nature and commitment to honoring those who served.

Kate’s journey took her across the globe, as she grew up in various corners of the world, accompanying her family during her father’s service in the Navy. Her experiences shaped her into the extraordinary individual she was, imbuing her with resilience, adaptability, and a sense of adventure that defined her mercurial personality. She was avid Red Sox and Patriots fan (which drove her PA and NYC family crazy).

For many years, Kate thrived in Los Angeles, where she served as an executive assistant at the CAA Talent Agency. Her time in LA allowed her to pursue her passions while forming lifelong connections with colleagues and friends.

She is survived by her longtime partner Mike Hegney, her father Capt. Eric T. Rippert (ret.), her mother, Mary Ellen Rippert, her brother, Thomas Rippert, and countless relatives and friends who loved her.

Though Kate’s physical presence may have departed from this world, her spirit remains vibrant in the cherished memories we hold dear. As we bid farewell to our dear Kathleen, may she find eternal peace in the arms of serenity. Her absence leaves a void that can never be filled, and she will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Family and friends are invited to the funeral service on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 7550 26th St, Vero Beach, FL 32966.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you donate in Kate’s name to:

Nueces County Veterans Services

602 N. Staples Suite 180

Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Rest in eternal peace, dear Kate. Your light will continue to shine brightly in our hearts forevermore. Go n-éiri an bóther leat (May the good Lord hold you in the palm of his hand.)

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

Date of Service:
May 15, 2024


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Monica Davis - Friend

May 8, 2024, 7:42 pm

Sending prayers for Family and Friends of Kate. May she rest in Peace.

Timothy & Barbara Flanigan - friend

May 9, 2024, 3:55 pm

We remember Kate with such fondness when she was young. Kate was so very sweet and I love that our daughters shared same birthday. Words cannot express how sad we were when we heard of your loss. I cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling during this time. Please know our prayers and heartfelt condolences are with you and Tommy during this challenging time.

Joe Harmon - Work acquaintance and retired Navy Veteran

May 10, 2024, 10:24 pm

I knew Kate through her association with the kennel I work at where she frequently boarded her 2 wonderful dogs. Scout and Harper Lee will most assuredly miss their human mama. She cared deeply for her dogs and it was a pleasure keeping them healthy and happy until she returned from her various trips. It is easy to tell when a pet-parent truly cares for their little darlings. It tells you what kind of person they are deep inside. She was one of those people and it showed through her sweet pups. She will be missed and I wish her well during her next journey. BZ, Kate.

Katie Hiltbrand - Friend

May 11, 2024, 7:49 am

Our heart felt condolences for the loss of a beautiful soul, from our entire Zitz ohana to yours we send hugs, prayers and love during this difficult time. May Katie be remembered by all who knew her , and loved her zest for life! Aloha, ❤️Katie Z Hiltbrand

Brenda S Hegney - family

May 14, 2024, 9:03 pm

We are deeply saddened to hear that she has passed away. Our thoughts & prayers are with her family & my brother in law Mike Hegney. May you rest in the arms of our Lord Love Bryan & Brenda Hegney Frisco, Texas

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