In memory of
Theodore Otto Sippel
In memory of
Theodore Otto Sippel
Sippel, Theodore Otto 8/19/1927 - 6/3/2019 Manchester Theodore Otto Sippel of Manchester, Michigan, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2019, on his own terms, at home and with family. He was 92 years old. Theodore ("Ted") was born on August 19, 1927 in Englewood, New Jersey, to Josephine ("Jo," "Babe," or "Battle") Giangrande and Otto Charles Sippel. Jo was of Italian descent. A housewife at the time of Ted's birth, she later became a teacher in the Hackensack school system. Jo loved words, word puzzles, and cooking; she passed all these traits on to Ted, along with the family nose. Otto, of German descent, was a builder and contractor; Ted's skills as a plumber, carpenter, and electrician clearly came from that side of the family. Ted was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. In his youth, "Teddy" took in a number of dogs, each of which he named Skippy. After graduating from Teaneck High School in 1945, he (by then, "Ted") went on to study at Rochester University, graduating in 1948. He later studied at Yale University, receiving a PhD in Zoology in 1952. Later that year he married Nancy Barrows Gregg of Scarsdale, New York, and they settled in Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught at Johns Hopkins University and where daughters Katharine and Dorothy were born. The family later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Ted taught at Case Western Reserve until 1959, and then to Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, Ted specialized in histochemistry research and taught human anatomy at the University of Michigan Medical School until his retirement in the mid 1990's. Following his divorce from Nancy in 1991, Ted embarked on the first of the hundreds of projects that would consume the next 28 years as he built his country home in Manchester, Michigan. He loved using his tractor, more often than not moving boulders and trees, and usually re-moving them one or more times to a more "perfect" spot. He loved cultivating all sorts of plants, especially trees, including his paw-paws from whose limbs he experimented with hanging rotted chicken parts in order to attract flies (as pollinators). He especially enjoyed giving away excess plants to neighbors and friends. Over the years he pared down his vegetable garden to his two favorites: tomatoes and basil. Ted was a passionate cook! Summers were defined by fresh insalata caprese, and his twice-weekly ritual throughout the year was a dinner of pasta with his homemade basil pesto. He mastered a number of other Italian recipes and experimented with other cuisines, with mixed results. He delved enthusiastically into his genealogy and wrote, but did not publish, a dictionary of anatomical terms (abarthrosis to zygote). Tutoring, be it English as a second language or anatomy, gave him great pleasure. He loved his walks in the forest and adored his dogs. He fancied himself a curmudgeon and his car's license plate read CRMDGN. His friends and family know that this was just a front. He was a no-nonsense man of few words, but as kind and loyal a friend as anyone could want. Ted was predeceased by his former wife Nancy Sippel and is survived by his daughters Kate Weissenburger of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Dorothy Sippel of Laramie, Wyoming, his cousin Lyn of Santa Barbara, California, his partner Nancy Frost of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and his close friend Joanne Randall of Munith, Michigan, as well as two grandsons and a great granddaughter, all of Laramie Wyoming. He was a generous contributor to his favorite charities, but especially passionate about the K9 officer ballistic vest program of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. www.vik9s.org .
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In memory of
Theodore Otto Sippel
Sippel, Theodore Otto 8/19/1927 - 6/3/2019 Manchester Theodore Otto Sippel of Manchester, Michigan, passed away peacefully on June 3, 2019, on his own terms, at home and with family. He was 92 years old. Theodore ("Ted") was born on August 19, 1927 in Englewood, New Jersey, to Josephine ("Jo," "Babe," or "Battle") Giangrande and Otto Charles Sippel. Jo was of Italian descent. A housewife at the time of Ted's birth, she later became a teacher in the Hackensack school system. Jo loved words, word puzzles, and cooking; she passed all these traits on to Ted, along with the family nose. Otto, of German descent, was a builder and contractor; Ted's skills as a plumber, carpenter, and electrician clearly came from that side of the family. Ted was raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. In his youth, "Teddy" took in a number of dogs, each of which he named Skippy. After graduating from Teaneck High School in 1945, he (by then, "Ted") went on to study at Rochester University, graduating in 1948. He later studied at Yale University, receiving a PhD in Zoology in 1952. Later that year he married Nancy Barrows Gregg of Scarsdale, New York, and they settled in Baltimore, Maryland, where he taught at Johns Hopkins University and where daughters Katharine and Dorothy were born. The family later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Ted taught at Case Western Reserve until 1959, and then to Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, Ted specialized in histochemistry research and taught human anatomy at the University of Michigan Medical School until his retirement in the mid 1990's. Following his divorce from Nancy in 1991, Ted embarked on the first of the hundreds of projects that would consume the next 28 years as he built his country home in Manchester, Michigan. He loved using his tractor, more often than not moving boulders and trees, and usually re-moving them one or more times to a more "perfect" spot. He loved cultivating all sorts of plants, especially trees, including his paw-paws from whose limbs he experimented with hanging rotted chicken parts in order to attract flies (as pollinators). He especially enjoyed giving away excess plants to neighbors and friends. Over the years he pared down his vegetable garden to his two favorites: tomatoes and basil. Ted was a passionate cook! Summers were defined by fresh insalata caprese, and his twice-weekly ritual throughout the year was a dinner of pasta with his homemade basil pesto. He mastered a number of other Italian recipes and experimented with other cuisines, with mixed results. He delved enthusiastically into his genealogy and wrote, but did not publish, a dictionary of anatomical terms (abarthrosis to zygote). Tutoring, be it English as a second language or anatomy, gave him great pleasure. He loved his walks in the forest and adored his dogs. He fancied himself a curmudgeon and his car's license plate read CRMDGN. His friends and family know that this was just a front. He was a no-nonsense man of few words, but as kind and loyal a friend as anyone could want. Ted was predeceased by his former wife Nancy Sippel and is survived by his daughters Kate Weissenburger of Grand Junction, Colorado, and Dorothy Sippel of Laramie, Wyoming, his cousin Lyn of Santa Barbara, California, his partner Nancy Frost of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and his close friend Joanne Randall of Munith, Michigan, as well as two grandsons and a great granddaughter, all of Laramie Wyoming. He was a generous contributor to his favorite charities, but especially passionate about the K9 officer ballistic vest program of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. www.vik9s.org .
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