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Wanda Faye Riopel

July 29, 1952 - May 6, 2016

Wanda Faye Riopel, 63, of Newport News, VA, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Riopel, and her parents Jeanette and Elvert Bentley Gaither, Jr.

A loving mother, wife, sister, daughter, and friend, Wanda spent her retirement days creating quilts, afghans, and accessories that she gifted to family, friends and donated to those less fortunate. She is survived by her daughters, Michelle Russell (Jason) and Christy Caggiano; sisters Kathy Harris, Debra Ragains, Bennie Banning, and Jan Gaither; brother Bently III “Buddy” Gaither (Pam); grandchildren Briana Werth, Peter Werth III, Adina Boutin (Darrell), Nicholas L. Russell, Nicholas R. Russell (Misty), and Travis Russell; great-grandson Levi Nicholas Russell; and a host of family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at Calvary Chapel Newport News, 361 Beechmont Dr. Newport News, VA on Friday, May 20, at 12pm.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Friday, May 20, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm

Calvary Chapel Newport News

361 Beechmont Dr.

Newport News, VA 23608

(757) 886-5012

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