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Opal Alvena (Tilker) Riepe

August 16, 1924 ~ May 10, 2022 (age 97)


Opal Alvena Riepe, 97 of Metropolis, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at her residence surrounded by family. Opal was born on August 16, 1924 to Albert and Attie (Hinners) Tilker. On September 30, 1945, she was united in marriage to Virgil Riepe.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, May 16, 2022 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Metropolis, IL with Rev. Tom Emmerson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Opal was a lifelong member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church and made quilts with the ladies of the church for many years. She made many on her own as well and enjoyed all types of needlework. Opal was an excellent cook and most enjoyed preparing meals for family and friends.

Opal is survived by three children, Marvin Riepe and wife Patricia, Vernon Riepe and wife Andrea, and Phyllis Willett and husband Henry; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Riepe (Mary), Lori Linehan (Mike), Andrew Riepe (Ali), Gavin Riepe (Claire), Michael Willett (Carla), and David Willett (Gretchen); 13 great grandchildren, Claire Riepe, Kate Riepe, Leah Linehan, Grace Linehan, Ruth Riepe, Hank Riepe, Evie Riepe, Augusta Riepe, Jonathan Willett, Lily Willett, Madeline Willett, Livia Willett, and Matthew Willett; one niece, Patricia Suttles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of almost 60 years, Virgil; one son, Everett Riepe; and one sister, Dorothy Linn.

The family would like to give a special thank-you to Jean, Margaret, Tina, Faye, Karen, and Jamie for the excellent in-home care they provided to Opal.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 16th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at St. Stephens Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions may be given in Opal’s name to St. Stephens Lutheran Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements are entrusted to Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home. Condolences for the family may be left online at

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Riepe, Mike Linehan, Andrew Riepe, Gavin Riepe, Michael Willett and David Willett.

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May 16, 2022

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
St. Stephens Lutheran Church
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Funeral Service
May 16, 2022

1:00 PM
St. Stephens Lutheran Church
Guaranteed delivery before the Funeral Service begins


St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund
6874 Midway Road, Metropolis IL 62960
Tel: 1-618-524-5450

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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