Shirley M. Kibbe, 84, passed from her Earthly life Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in the Cardiac Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She was born May 20, 1930 in Brockton, MA, the daughter of Frank and Alvis (Hannigan) Ippolito. She grew up and graduated High School in Whitman, MA. She attended the Leland-Powers School for Radio and Television Broadcasting in Boston where she met classmate Thomas Kibbe. Shirley and Tom married in 1953 and began their life together in Vermont where they worked as on-air talent for 2 radio stations in Rutland and St. Johnsbury. They later lived in Massachusetts and Michigan and then settled with their two daughters, Karen and Leanne in Ridgefield, Connecticut, making a home there for 30 years. While in Ridgefield, Shirley was very active in local theatre, performing in and directing productions with the Ridgefield Workshop of the Performing Arts and co-directing high school musicals for several years. She also was a frequently featured actress at the Southbury Playhouse.
When her husband retired in 1998, they moved to Enfield, NH, rekindling their love for the surroundings and lifestyle of northern New England. A devoted lifelong Catholic, she found a spiritual home at the LaSalette Shrine in Enfield. She was a member of the Ladies Guild, a Reader and a Eucharistic Lay Minister.