Richard Armand "Rip" Reopel

December 14, 1929 - August 18, 2023
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Richard Armand Reopel , 93, of Ludlow, MA passed away peacefully on Friday, August 18, 2023. Son of the late Osa and Aldea (St. Cyr) Reopel, he was born in Southbridge, MA on December 14, 1929.  He attended Charlton Street School, Cole Trade School and graduated from Western New England College in 1974 after 17 years and quite a bit of homework help from his wife. He served as a U.S. Army Corporal in Korea from 1951-1953 and was awarded the Korean Service Medal, two bronze stars and the United Nations Service Medal. Rip, as he was known to family and friends, was a proud Korean War veteran serving as commander and chaplain for the Western New England Chapter of the Korean War Veteran Association.  He played a key role in the 2007 dedication of the Korean Veteran’s Memorial in Springfield, MA.

Rip and Jeannette were married on May 31, 1951 and were Ludlow residents since 1956.  Rip provided for his family as an industrial engineer for various job shops and manufacturers.  He retired as a cost analyst at Combustion Engineering in 1990. Rip was an active member of St. Elizabeth’s Parish and the League of the Sacred Heart. He and Jeannette supported the annual meat pie fundraiser, among many other charitable activities.

Rip is survived by his wife of 72 years Jeannette (Arsenault) Reopel of Ludlow; three children Michael Reopel (Gloria) of Bedford, NH, Patricia Szarek (Peter) of Raleigh, NC and June Contant (Charles) of Springfield; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and counting.  He was predeceased by his sister Jean Gaudette.                                 .

The family invites friends to call on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 9:00-10:00 AM at the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home, 64 Sewall St., Ludlow, MA followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM in St. Elizabeth’s Parish, 181 Hubbard St., Ludlow, MA.  Interment will be in Island Pond Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Rip’s name.

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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home


64 Sewall Street
Ludlow, MA 01056

Service Information

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Time: 10:30 am

Catholic Community of Saint Elizabeth


181 Hubbard Street, Ludlow, MA, 1056

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Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Time: 11:30 am

Island Pond Cemetery


Center Street, Ludlow, MA, 1056

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In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Elizabeth’s Parish in Rip’s name.


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Born: December 14, 1929
Died: August 18, 2023

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Robert Natario posted on 9/3/23

Rip was a great man, and a friend to many Korean War Veterans. Condolences to Rip's family from the Natario family.


Zachary Johnson posted on 8/25/23

The last time my mom and I spoke with you for your birthday we had such a great conversation. You were so proud of my business thriving during the pandemic. I enjoyed this talk very much and I won’t forget it. You cared so much about your family and the people around you. Thank you for making such a positive impact in the world and for our family.


diane harvey posted on 8/25/23

Our greatest condolences to you and your family on this difficult time. I always enjoyed Rip when he went into our office. I enjoyed his stories , his laugh he just had the greatest personality. He will be missed. Hugs and kisses diane harvey


Linda Gaudette Johnson posted on 8/24/23

Honoring my uncle’s life and the loving impact he will continue to have on family and friends. May your spirit of a caring heart and laughter live on in our hearts and memory.


Ronald H. La Plante posted on 8/24/23

You will be missed by your old friend....may God watch over you and guide you forever


Pat Flaherty posted on 8/23/23

My prayers are with Rip’s family. He was a wonderful and funny person; I have fond memories of him from Pastoral council. My sympathy, Pat F