Teresa “Terry” Tripp, 92, of Southern Pines, NC and Westerly, RI, died peacefully in her sleep on February 13, 2021, following complications from her battle with Covid-19. She was born on December 21, 1928, in Ludlow, Massachusetts to the late John and Pauline Kochanek.  Terry was a graduate of Ludlow High School and the University of Rhode Island.  She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Paul Tripp.

Terry leaves behind four children, Paula Tripp of Chapel Hill, NC, Tim Tripp (Leslie) of Brookhaven, GA, Marcia Johnston (Patrick) of Wynnewood PA and Patricia Camp (Glenn) of Southern Pines, NC; four grandsons, Brian Tripp (Kassandra), Steven Tripp (Stephanie), Andrew Johnston and Peter Johnston; and two great-granddaughters.  She will also be missed by her brother John Kochanek (Terry) of Ludlow MA.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Terry’s name to the Ocean Community (Westerly) YMCA (http://oceancommunityymca.org).

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  1. It’s always sad to say goodbye to a parent but there’s comfort in knowing a new life awaits, filled with God’s peace and comfort. Sending you virtual hugs in your sorrow…

  2. To the Tripp Family
    My heartfelt sympathy to all of you on the death of your mother. Really miss her. She was such a wonderful neighbor and we had a lot of good times talking as we hung our clothes. Always a smile and a happy “Hi Neighbor” which I will never forget. Now I can’t even see the back door because of the overgrowth. Prayers are with you. Looking forward to her Celebration of Life here in Westerly. God Bless.

  3. My heartfelt sympathy to the whole family. She was the nicest neighbor anyone could have. Always a smile and a “Hi Neighbor” as we hung our clothes. She on her back steps and I on my deck. We had many good times and I miss her. Can’t see the steps anymore because of the overgrowth. Prayers are with you all. Will look forward to the Celebration of Life in Westerly. God Bless.

  4. I was so sorry to read of Terry’s passing. She was such a lovely lady and so pleasant to know. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. So sorry to read of Terry’s passing. She was such a lovely lady, always pleasant . We have missed her here in RI. My prayers are with you all.

  6. We at St. Clare Church, in Misquamicut RI, send prayers to all of Terry’s family, at her recent dealth. She and Paul were faithful communicants and good neighbors to all. May she rest in peace. I sign this as the Coordinator of the Helping Hands Ministry who offer their condolences.

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