• Born: August 23, 1955
  • Died: January 16, 2018
  • Location: North Royalton, Ohio

A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes

18149 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Tel. (440) 260-8800

Tribute & Message From The Family

JILL A. VASSEL (nee Benjamin) age 62. Beloved wife of Joe; loving mother of Brian (Jennifer); cherished grandmother of Johny, Jessyka and Alexis; caring sister of Ross (Sally), Reid (deceased)(Donna), and Lori Rivera (Manuel); dear daughter of the late Gerald and Blanche Benjamin; aunt and friend of many. "Ms. Jill" will be loved and missed by many. In lieu of flowers, donations requested to Hospice Services of Southwest General, 18697 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Hts. 44130. Mass of Christian Burial 12 noon, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. Albert the Great Church. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends MONDAY 3 – 8 PM at the A. RIPEPI & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS (WEST OF I-71).


Condolence & Memory Journal

My family lived up the street from Jill's family. My sister, Denise and I grew up with Jill and her sister, Lori. My brother, John was good friends with Jill's older brother, Reid, and my sister, Debbie, as a teenager had a crush on Ross. We knew the Benjamin family well. I remember hanging at each other's houses, listening to records, discussing whatever topic seemed relevant at the time. We were good friends. We celebrated birthdays, went to Cedar Point, had sleepovers. We were kids having fun growing up together. Once we reached high school our social spectrums broadened. As it often happens, our paths diverged and we became involved in our own lives and eventually, our own growing families. But the memories spent together growing up are forever cherished and held firmly in our hearts. I didn't really get to know Jill's family after marriage, but through facebook and connection to mutual friends, I was privileged to see her rich and blessed life through photos she so generously shared. A friend of ours arranged for us to meet for lunch in the old neighborhood a few years ago. After only a few minutes with Jill, I realized how little she changed, not just in appearance, but in her innate charm and cheery disposition. Even as I write this I'm smiling. She remains to me, a sweet and beautiful human being who was firmly ensconced in the family she so obviously and dearly loved. I am deeply sorry for her family's loss. It is my belief, though, however simplistic, that she is ascended to a better place, where I pray we see each other again. God Bless you, all.

Posted by Diane Margosian (Boris, maiden) - Lakewood, OH - friend   January 23, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family! We all grew up together! Prayers for strength during this time! She will be greatly missed

Posted by Margaret Ronerts-Harms - St. Petersburg, FL - Family Friend   January 22, 2018

Joe,Brian and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Jill's passing we were shocked. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Joe. The prayers do help Joe, it help us with our son Brian's sudden passing last year Joe, God Bless. Jimmy&Vicki Kilbane

Posted by Jimmy & Vicki Kilbane - St. Louis, MO   January 20, 2018

To Joe, Brian and family,

I am so very sorry for this heartbreaking loss.

I lived on the next street over from Jill growing up and went to school together. She has never changed from the beautiful, sweet, and kind person she was back then.

May the memories and love she has for you stay forever in your hearts.

Posted by Robin Liebenguth - Brunswick, OH   January 19, 2018

Jill you are always thought of as sweet, kind, fun, and supportive. You make everyone happier when around you or in contact with you. Everyone strives to leave their mark on the world....you helped make it a kinder more joyful place. ❤

Posted by Marybeth Hollingsworth - Middleburg Heights, OH - Friend   January 19, 2018