Williams

Patricia Clara (Ripka) Williams unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022 at her home. She was 81 years old.

Lovingly know as “Pat,” she was born in the Pokegama township hospital to Robert Sr. and Margaret (Kubat) Ripka. She grew up on the family farm, the fifth of 10 children. She graduated from Mora High School in 1958. After graduation she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Don Williams, on Sept. 20, 1958. They were blessed with four girls.

Her husband enlisted in the Army, and they moved to Detroit, Michigan, for a year when he was stationed there. They then moved back to Mora and had their first daughter Rene’. 

Her husband was next stationed in Isanti where they lived for three years, and during that time their second daughter, Debra, was born. He was then stationed in Heilbronn, Germany. Following him three months later she, endured 11 days of travel by car, plane, taxi, bus, ship and train with two small children to join him. They lived there for three years; then returned by ship together. 

In 1964 they moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was next stationed, and their third daughter, Dawn, was born. 

After nine years of Army life, they bought her husband’s father’s bar, Ann Lake Resort. It was there that their fourth daughter, Tricia, was born. They ran the bar for 13 years; during that time they remodeled and renamed it the Pink Diamond Lounge. They sold the bar in 1980 and moved to Ogilvie, where her husband still resides. 

After bar life, the couple traveled to Atlanta, Miami and Nashville doing Bluewater boat shows. They bought their own yacht and kept it on Mille Lacs Lake for 11 years.

In her lifetime she not only raised their four daughters and helped run the bar, but also worked for Nelson Variety, Bluewater yachts, Express Ink and Lifetouch. She was an election judge and belonged to the Ogilvie American Legion Auxiliary. She was a devout Catholic and active member of St Kathryn’s Church in Ogilvie. In her spare time, she enjoyed going to their cabin in Nashwauk, where they spent time four-wheeling, snowmobiling, fishing and just relaxing. She also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Canada.

Her greatest passion was her children and grandchildren; she lived for her family. She touched many lives and will be dearly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Barbra Glinke, Ramona Peterson and Virginia Dickerson; sons-in-law, Allen Newgard and Keith Hass; brothers-in-law, Mike Glinke, Virgil Peterson, Lenny Smith, Kurt Grundberg, Bill Williams and Jack Williams; sisters-in-law, Diana Ripka and Jane Williams.

She is survived by her husband, Don; daughters, Rene’ (Kevin) Heins, Debra Newgard, Dawn (Jimmy Carroll) Hass, Tricia (Chris) Hill; siblings, Robert (Barb) Ripka, Jr., John (Lois) Ripka, Marie Grundberg, Mary Smith, Joe (Cathy) Ripka, Jim (Jeanine Presler) Ripka; grandchildren, Charity (Michael) Crnobrna, Chad (Katharine) Heins, Steven Newgard, Josh (Heidi) Squier, Andrew Squier, Matthew Newgard, Jared Hass, Ramsey (Emily) Hass, Madisen (Cory Schillo) Hass, Jordan Hill and Tony Hill; great-grandchildren, Presley Crnobrna, Cole Newgard, Julian and Willa Heins.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday Jan. 14, 2022, with visitation one hour prior at St. Kathryn’s Catholic Church in Ogilvie, with Fr. Derek Wiechmann officiating. Inurnment will be held in the summer of 2022 at the St. Kathryn’s Catholic Cemetery in Ogilvie. Memorials are preferred to be sent to the St. Kathyrn’s Catholic Church. Arrangements by Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.  Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneral.com.

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