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Obituary: Jill Shipstad Thomas

May 27, 1944 - Sep. 19, 2013

The world of professional skating lost one of its biggest stars on September 19 when Jill Shipstad Thomas passed away.

Jill was born on May 27, 1944 in San Mateo, California, to skating legends Roy Shipstad and Bess Ehrhardt. At age 17 she joined the ice show her father had cofounded, “Shipstad and Johnson’s Ice Follies.” She was a principal performer in those productions as well as in “Holiday on Ice” and in TV and theatrical productions for over 20 years.

When her performing career was over she became a highly respected coach …

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Oct 2, 2013 12:03AM Published Oct 2, 2013 12:03AM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.