Lola Riberdy

Lola Jean Riberdy (Gokey)

Friday, October 4th, 1946 - Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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CLIFTON PARK Lola Jean Riberdy, 74, passed away on Wednesday January 6, 2021 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer, carried through by her faith in the Lord.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest."

Born October 4, 1946 in Troy, NY, she was predeceased by her parents, Edward T. and Blanche Wells Gokey of Waterford.

A graduate of Waterford Halfmoon High School and Mildred Elley, she retired from NYS DOT in 2013 after 35 years. Prior to that, she had been employed at Empire State College and had also been a waitress for over 30 years as a second job at night.

She enjoyed reading, traveling, dancing, bicycling, gardening, and baking, and was a member of the Red Hat Society, a member of CSEA, and a former Girl Scout leader. She also enjoyed engaging people, often strangers, in conversation.

She is survived by her husband, John McGrath, as well as the 4 children of her marriage to David Riberdy: Joann Y. (Stephen) Savage of Ballston Lake, Pamela J. Riberdy of Latham, Brian D. (Donna) Riberdy of Waterford, and Angela M. Riberdy (Thomas Schnautz) of Georgia. She was grandmother to Justin Bush (Samantha Curtiss), Adam (Cassandra) Bush, Nicole (Nicholas) Rogers, Tyler Riberdy (Malerie Golgan), and Samantha Savage. Great-grandmother to Aiden Bush, Owen Rogers, Madison Bush, and a great-grandchild to be born in January. Other survivors include her stepdaughter Michelle Ashley (Greg Brodus), step granddaughter Mia Ashley, a sister Lynn (Chuck) Savage, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

Special thanks are extended to the staff from Community Hospice as well as the staff at Gateway House of Peace for their care and support.
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Sammie Savage

Posted at 07:56pm
I will forever miss your beautiful smile and warm laugh. I love you always grandma!


Posted at 03:31pm
I would like to thank you all for your kind words and most of all your prayers. My heart can be empty because I can't see her,
or, I can choose to be full of the Real LOVE we shared, all of It the good, the bad, and the ugly. I do miss you Bunny!

ed plasberg

Posted at 08:14am
John; our prayers are with you. sue and ed plasberg

robert rybak

Posted at 07:18am
John, So sorry to hear of Lola's passing. We will keep you and her in our thoughts and prayers. If there is anything, I can do, please do not hesitate to call.

Bob Rybak

Joann Savage

Posted at 06:55pm
I will miss you and your adventurous spirit more than I can say.
Love, Joann

Bonnie Kring Posted at 01:13pm

God Bless Lola; sweet coworker and lady. Condolences to the family on this sad loss.

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