Ms. Trippel died March 9, and was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Portland, Ore., daughter of the late Harold Leonard Bowman and Gertrude (Butterfield) Bowman. After spending her early years in Oregon, she moved to Chicago with her family. She attended Hyde Park High School, Swarthmore College and the University of Chicago. She married Otto H. Trippel, Jr., in 1947 and was the proud mother of six children.
After moving to Evanston in 1956, she was active in local civic and educational activities, helping to found the Dewey Community Conference, working to integrate housing in Evanston; developing and teaching an interdisciplinary psychology/anthropology class at Evanston Township High School; serving as store manager at Scandinavian Design in central Evanston; volunteering at the Evanston Ecology Center; and in her retirement teaching in the evening adult literacy program at Evanston Township High School.
She enjoyed her many friendships, reading, attending concerts and through the years participating in the life of the First Presbyterian Church of Chicago, the Unitarian Church of Evanston and the Evanston Friends Meeting.
She is survived by her children Stephen Trippel, David Trippel, Barbara Trippel Simmons, Mary Trippel Bartle, Mark Trippel and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son Grant Trippel, sister Barbara Kirkpatrick, granddaughter Hannah Bartle, and former husband Otto Trippel.
There will be a memorial service for Ms. Trippel at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Evanston Friends Meeting House, 1010 Greenleaf St.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the American Friends Service Committee.