Debra S. Ripsz, 57, of Grafton and Westborough


Debra S. RipszGrafton/Westborough – “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else” – Booker T. Washington. Debra S. Ripsz lived selflessly, inspiring and impacting the lives of everyone in her circle of family and friends. She passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 24, 2018, surrounded by her loving family who honor her legacy by loving unconditionally.

Debra was born in Worcester in September 1960 and resided in Westborough for the past 22 years. She lived a life that was aptly described as having more width than it did length through her adventurous spirit marked by skiing, kayaking and catamaran racing to name a few. Deb made everyone feel special and inspired us to live better lives. She never lost her sense of humor and had an unmistakable laugh that would stand out in any crowd.

Deb was a top ranked 6th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate. Her love of martial arts and her business Defensewise, located in Grafton, with its strong core values, will live on through all her students and those who taught beside her.

Debra leaves behind her siblings, Donna Towne and her son Alex, Stephen Ripsz and his wife Karen and their children Brandon and Kayleen, as well as her mother, Jean Enhus. She was predeceased by her father, Steve Ripsz, and loving grandmother, Elsie Biscardi.

Debra’s family asks that you join them in celebrating her life and legacy Sunday, April 29, from 2-5 p.m., at Roney Funeral Home, 152 Worcester St., North Grafton, followed by a Remembrance Service at 5 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Debra Ripsz Scholarship Fund, c/o Donna Towne, 14 Shepherd Rd., Westborough, MA 01581.

A Book of Memories to share how Debra left a lasting impact on your life, or a favorite memory is available online at