Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she was the eldest of three children. An accomplished pianist, she earned her bachelor’s in music at Brooklyn College and master’s in musicology at Indiana University. She married Berthold Lippel in 1959 and they had four daughters. The family moved to Tucson in 1978. Mrs. Lippel had successful careers in teaching and computer programming, and continued her passion for music by singing and playing violin in local orchestras and string quartets.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Berthold; children, Miriam Lippel-Blum and husband Bennett, Naomi Lippel, and Ellie Lippel, all of Tucson, and Rebecca Lockhart and husband Robin of San Francisco; and two grandchildren.
Services were held at the chapel at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Congregation Anshei Israel officiating, followed by interment in the Congregation Anshei Israel section at Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Tucson Junior Strings, www.tucsonjuniorstrings.org, or to Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org.