Constance (Connie) Linn Rippe Kubisch died Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, after a brief illness. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family.
Connie was born Feb. 11, 1922, in South Bend, Ind., the third of the four children of Constance and Charles Rippe. She attended St. Mary’s Academy and Purdue University.
In 1944, Connie and Jack B. Kubisch were married, and together pursued an international business and Foreign Service career. They lived in Paris twice, Rio de Janeiro twice, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Mexico City, Athens, and in Washington D.C. several times.
Connie was the consummate partner to Jack in his career, and she enhanced his ability to represent the government of the United States as wife of a senior Foreign Service officer and U.S. ambassador. She worked tirelessly, organizing official receptions, managing support services for Foreign Service families, and overseeing multiple international household moves.
Connie was known especially for her warm, loving and generous personality. She negotiated international cultural boundaries with ease and grace, and brought a note of elegance to everything she did.
Connie was the mother of four children: David Benjamin (married to Deby Ousley), John Christopher (married to Cindy Bruegger), Anne Christine (married to Mark Montgomery), and Joan Elizabeth (married to Leif Halverson); grandmother of six; and great-grandmother of one. Her children will always hold her close in their hearts, remembering her as the most loving and supportive mother.
Connie will be buried at the same grave site in Arlington Cemetery as her beloved husband, Jack, who passed away in 2007. In lieu of flowers, Connie has requested that donations be made to the Belle Meade Education Fund for the employees of Belle Meade.