February 21, 1936 - December 31, 2020
"May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back May the sunshine warm your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields.."
Obituary of Barbara Rupple
Barbara Ann Rupple, affectionately known as “Barb”, 84, of Lockport, New York, died Thursday, Dec 31, 2020. She was born on February 21, 1936, to Josephine and Ralph Newton, in Lockport, New York. She had one sibling, a brother, James (Roberta) Newton.
She married Duane Burdell Rupple in the summer of 1957, and they raised 4 children: Vicki (Pat), Kathy, David (Jen), Kenneth (Angela), and 8 grandchildren: Travis (Amber), Alyssa (Reid), Canon, Kelly, Hannah, Nicholas, Lexie, and Matt, as well as 3 great-grandchildren.
Barbara went to nursing school before marriage. Later, she went on to work at Sherwood –Celpac and then, worked many years at Carborumdum, where she was a keypuncher. She also spent some time working at the Union-Sun and Journal, later on.
Barbara was a beautiful and wonderful mother. Growing up, she took her children to St. John’s Catholic Church on Chestnut St. She was creative, and she allowed her children the freedom to be creative, as well, especially pertaining to whichever holiday was approaching. She loved the crossword puzzle in the paper, and going for rides in her car, and babysitting the grand -dogs. Barbara loved the outdoors and enjoyed an active lifestyle bike riding, and walking on the towpath was such a big part of her life, and she had a canoe that she was proud of! In the winter there was skiing down great grammas’ hill! She loved swimming at her parent’s pool and at her swim club and in Long Lake, in the Adirondack Mountains. She loved to take the rowboat out on the lake, each summer.
She loved writing and reading, and gave her children those wonderful gifts, as well -loving walks to the library and days spent reading on the back porch, or in the back yard, in the house, anywhere-there were always good books and magazines. Barbara played the piano beautifully and taught her children to play,… sometimes playing it at night when the kids were in bed-and, they all learned to recognize certain pieces of beautiful classical music. She attended all the school concerts with hot fudge Sundays afterward.
Barbara had a beautiful smile, a positive attitude, an upbeat personality, enthusiasm, strength and she was resilient. She had a love of life! She was smart, social, friendly, compassionate, patient, and a good listener. She was fun, funny, and had a great sense of humor. She liked whimsical things and she could be so herself-dancing, singing, and laughing!
She really loved hard candy, especially root beer barrels –there was hard candy, hard candy wrappers -in pockets, in her car, in bowls in the house, everywhere!
She made so many things special, as she was, and that will stay with us, forever. She loved us and we loved her. She will be so deeply missed!
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.