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350 Genesee Street
AVON, NY 14414
Phone: 585-226-2340
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Joyce Rapp

Joyce M. Rapp (Weidner)

Sunday, August 3rd, 1924 - Tuesday, March 30th, 2021
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Joyce M. Rapp

Died peacefully with her family at her side on March 30, 2021, at her home in Lima. She was 96. Mrs. Rapp was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Carl Richard “Dick’’ Rapp. Survivors include her five children, Michael (Linda), of Osteen, Fla., Scott (Sandy) of Lansing, Stephen, of Lima, Mary (Roger) Reakes, of Lima, and Christopher (Pam) of Rochester; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Her first husband, Air Force Lt. William P. Dever Jr., was killed in World War II.

Mrs. Rapp was town historian for many years and was named town historian emeritus in January. She was a strong advocate for veterans and was chosen Lima Citizen of the Year in 1999 for playing a key role along with her late husband in creating the village’s veterans memorial.

Later she worked to dedicate Route 15A as the Lima Veterans Memorial Highway. She wrote two books brimming with short stories on Lima’s historical events, people and places, and donated book sale profits to charity. For many years she wrote a weekly column for The Lima Recorder and also wrote for The Sentinel weekly paper, and free-lance stories for The Democrat & Chronicle. At age 59, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Rochester, where she worked for 10 years.

She spent many an afternoon doing historical research at the Lima Public Library, and enjoyed walking, a good book, fishing and occasionally translating passages from old Latin textbooks. She loved animals, gardening and baking. Mrs. Rapp lived in Lima some 55 years and was a longtime parishioner of St. Rose Church.

Family meant everything to Mrs. Rapp and she loved sitting around the kitchen table with her adult children and grandchildren talking politics and issues of the day. She believed strongly in education and volunteered working with students at Lima Primary School for many years. On summer days years ago, she taught neighborhood children how to swim in her backyard pool. She dedicated herself to helping others right up to her final days.

Her Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at St. Rose Church, Lima. Interment at St. Rose Cemetery, Lima. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Agnes School Foundation, 60 Park Place, Avon, N.Y. 14414, or to the Lima Public Library, 1872 Genesee St., Lima, N.Y. 14485.
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    Saturday, April 10th, 2021 | 10:30am
    Saturday, April 10th, 2021 10:30am
    St. Rose Church
    1985 Lake Ave.
    P.O. Box 8A
    LIMA, NY 14485
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    Rev. Michael Fowler
  • Interment

    St. Rose Cemetery
    Evergreen St.
    LIMA, NY
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Janet Howland

Posted at 02:34pm
I knew Joyce well from my time working at Frederick's Beauty Salon. She and Fred always had lively discussions while he did her hair. A special lady. Thank you for all you did for Lima, Joyce!

Carol Rinere

Posted at 07:13am
To Mary and the rest of the Rapp family: I was saddened to hear of the loss of your mom...we had many good laughs together, especially on the golf course. I always appreciated her dedication to the people of Lima and in preserving it's history. She was a very accomplished woman and an asset to our world. Carol Luft Rinere

Danna Weidner

Posted at 06:53pm
I am so sorry I cannot attend the funeral. I have only the fondest memories of Aunt Joyce from my childhood in Geneseo. I know how painful it was to lose my mother (even though she also was 96); so I truly feel your grief. Your cousin, Danna Weidner

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