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Mary Jane Rapp


Mary Jane Rapp, 95, of Bellefontaine, passed away Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Green Hills Community, West Liberty.

She was born in Union County on Aug. 28, 1917, to the late Lewis L. and Edna Gregory Wright.

On March 25, 1936, she married Marion Rapp in Vanceburg, Ky., and he preceded her in death June 12, 2011. She also was preceded in death by a son, Ronn Rapp; a daughter, Lorna Brown; two brothers, Harold and James Wright; and two sisters, Mildred Nau and Bonita Kavanaugh.

Surviving are two sons, Richard (Faith) Rapp of Lima and Thomas (fiancée Vicki Fay) Rapp of Bellefontaine; a daughter, Cindy (Steve) Dorsey of Urbana; daughter-in-law, Nancy Rapp of DeGraff; two sisters, Helen Lockwood of Marysville and Maxine Vicario of Bellefontaine; sister-in-law, Maxine Wright of Wooster; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and her close friends, Carol Skeen, Joan Moody and Betty Cummins.

A 1935 graduate of Byhalia High school and a homemaker, Mary Jane was a longtime member of the Lewistown-Trinity United Methodist Church. She volunteered at Our Daily Bread, was a member of the 20th Century Club and a 40-year member of the Ever Ready Club.

She enjoyed reading, word puzzles, crocheting, gardening and cooking.

Pastor Kenn Barton officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the service Thursday. Burial is in the Highland Memorial Cemetery, West Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Rutan Foundation, 205 Palmer Ave., Bellefontaine 43311.

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