Janice M. (Mosher) Rippcondi of Cumming, Ga., died peacefully the evening of Nov. 25 at home with her husband Emil (Ripp) Rippcondi, daughter Frances and son Robert at her side. She was 79.

Nicknamed Mighty Mouse by her Tisbury School basketball teammates for her tenacity, Janice showed strength of character while enduring a variety of illnesses later in life and faced them all with grace and dignity, always selfless and always loving.

Janice was born on Feb. 13, 1935 in Oak Bluffs, the daughter of the late Philip C. and Vivian (Southworth) Mosher. She was a Tisbury High School graduate, class of 1952. Upon graduation, Janice attended Springfield College and graduated from Bryant & Stratton Business School. Later in life she received training and certification at the Edwardian Dog Grooming School.

She had musical talent, playing both the piano and violin, and passed that talent on to her children. Janice enjoyed bowling, gardening and socializing with friends. Most of all, she loved her animals, a love she shared with her children. Over the years Janice and her family cared for and rescued more than 60 dogs and cats.

She was loving mother of Frances Rippcondi and her husband Charles Parker of Bradenton, Fla., Janine Campbell and her husband Bruce of Clermont, Fla., Robert Rippcondi and his partner Elizabeth Kane of Vineyard Haven, and Wendy Colwell and her husband Daryl Colwell of DeBary, Fla.

Janice was the proud grandmother of Kevin Kausch, Kirsten England and her husband Mark, Angela Campbell, Kaleigh Colwell and Adam Colwell, and great-grandmother of Skye and Elijah England. She was the sister of the late Thomas P. Mosher of Hanson, Mass., and the late Gary S. Mosher of Vineyard Haven.

A funeral service was held in Georgia on Nov. 28. Interment will be held at the Oak Grove Cemetery, State Road in Vineyard Haven on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. Donations may be made in Janice’s memory to the Humane Society of Forsyth County, P.O. Box 337, Cumming, GA 30028.

Local Island arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.