Monday, November 10, 2008

Memories evoked of slain Cortlandt woman

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WHITE PLAINS - The Rev. Jef Gamblee yesterday acknowledged the outrage people might have about the death of Faith Lippe, the Cortlandt woman whose husband has admitted killing her.

"We have gathered here to look at the heavens and shake our fists and say: 'What were you thinking? How could this happen?' " he shouted. "But we are also here to look to the heavens and say: 'Thank you. For 49 years, for giving us Faith, who has been a blessing to all of us.' "

Hundreds of friends and family members packed the Community Unitarian Church yesterday for Lippe's memorial service.

Lippe, 49, was reported missing in early October before her husband Werner, 67, gave a statement to police about the killing at the end of the month. Werner Lippe is a Manhattan jewelry store owner and has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of his wife of 18 years.

But yesterday's service was meant to celebrate the life of Faith Lippe, a nutrition consultant for the Ossining school district. Several of her friends recalled her quirky organizational habits, including her love for plastic containers. The stories brought comforting laughs to the audience as they reminisced about her life.

One of Lippe's closest friends, Camille Rosenberg, told an animated story about a dented refrigerator in her house that Lippe once offered to help fix.

"She says: 'I know a plan. Let's put a plunger up to it and pull!' " Rosenberg said, as the audience chuckled.

Rosenberg brought up several stories to make a point.

"When you get the opportunity to call a friend and tell them how much you care and love them, do it," Rosenberg said. "Don't wait. I wish I could take the chance to hear her voice one more time and tell her I love her."

Music was also used to celebrate Lippe's life, including the songs "Calling All Angels" by Jane Siberry and "For Good" from the Broadway musical "Wicked."

Lippe's body has not been found. Police are investigating the circumstances of her death.

Lippe and her husband have two children, Andrew, 14, and Stephanie, 12, who are staying with neighbors.

Werner Lippe is being held in the Westchester County Jail. He is due in Cortlandt Town Court on Nov. 17.

Reach Aman Ali at or 914-694-5063.

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