Mary K. Rapp

Mary K. Rapp
Mary K. Rapp

MOUNT CARROLL – Mary Kathleen Rapp, 74, longtime resident of Mount Carroll, passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society Mount Carroll Nursing Facility, with her loving family by her side.

Mary was born Nov. 17, 1942, in Chicago, the daughter of Leslie and Marie (Connelly) Janco. They moved in 1949 to Bellwood, where Mary graduated from St. Simeon Grade School. She was a 1960 graduate of Nazareth Academy of LaGrange Park. She received a history degree from Loyola University in 1964. On July 3, 1965, Mary married John Walter Rapp Jr., in Bellwood. In 1965, they moved to Mount Carroll, where they raised three children and celebrated 45 years of marriage.

Mary “never let grass grow under her feet.” After graduating from college, she was an elementary school teacher in Cicero and Mount Carroll. She worked as a substitute teacher for 16 years, and participated in many church, charitable, and community organizations, including SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church, Church Ladies Society, Regional Board of School Trustees, Mount Carroll School Board, Cooperative Extension, Mount Carroll Community Foundation, Knights of Holy Sepulchre, the Dorothy Footitt West Carroll High School Scholarship, and the Vaughn Hungerford West Carroll High School Scholarship.

She thoroughly enjoyed life with her husband and best friend, “Jack,” their children, and their grandchildren. She traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, traced her heritage back to County Clare, Ireland, and central Europe, and delighted everyone with her delicious cooking and baking, her home was always a place for friends and family to gather. She was especially thankful for friends with whom she shared her time on earth.

Mary is survived by her three sons, Mark (Tamara) of Greeley, Colorado, Matthew (Mindy) of German Town Hills, and Martin (Amy) of Mount Carroll; and her grandchildren, Sydney, John W. Rapp III, Leslie, Emma, Colton, and Hayley.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Julie and Maura; and a sister-in-law, Sue Ellen Brayton.

The funeral was Monday at SS. John & Catherine Catholic Church in Mount Carroll. Burial was at St. Wendelin Catholic Cemetery in Shannon.

Memorials may be given in Mary’s honor for her dear charities listed.

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