Edward R. Rapp

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Rapp, Edward R. SCHENECTADY Edward Rudolph Rapp, born May 19, 1923, died Friday, June 1, 2018, at the age of 95. He was the son of the late William and Anna (Mayrhofer) Rapp who immigrated to this country from Austria. Ed grew up in South Berne with his eight brothers and sisters. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served on a wooden "sub chaser" in the South Pacific. Upon his return home from overseas he wooed and married (the pretty girl in the yellow dress), Betty Herzog.They started a life and family together in the Helderbergs. During his career, Ed worked many places including Campbell Plastics, Schaefer Brewery and finally as a union electrician (IBEW) retiring in 1988 at the age of 65. He and his wife Betty enjoyed many happy years in retirement. They traveled the country in an RV, visiting all 50 states and spending their 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii, where they renewed their wedding vows. They finally settled down by spending summers at their camp on Keyser Lake and winters as "snow birds" in LaBelle, Fla. where they made many life long friends. They returned to the Capital District when Betty became ill. Ed could do just about anything! He was a talented electrician, mechanic, builder, gardener and inventor. He was a loving, loyal and devoted family man and friend. Survivors include his sister Helen Rafferty (#seven); his daughters, Sharon Shirikian (James), Connie Gebhardt (Bryan); daughter-in-law Barbara Rapp; grandchildren, Thomas E. Rapp II (Peg Owen), Kelly and Kathleen Rapp, Andrea Burns (Owen IV), Courtney Bloomingdale, Matthew Bloomingdale (Jennifer); stepgrandchildren, Stephen Shirikian and Julia Gebhardt; great-grandchildren, Devynn, Austin, Ryker, Braiden, Kailyn, Ryan and Tyler; great-great-granddaughters, Jedda and Lacey; and many nieces and nephews. Ed was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Betty; his son Thomas E Rapp; brothers, Herman, William, Arthur, and Joseph Rapp; and sisters, Dorothy Roeder, Agnes Sisson, and Josephine Nacewicz. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, June 18, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Cannon Funeral Home, 2020 Central Ave., Colonie, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Private interment will be in the Saratoga National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the . To offer a message condolence to the family, visit www.CannonFuneral.com


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Published in Albany Times Union on June 14, 2018
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