Bernice A Rapp, 96, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.
Bernice was born November 3, 1922 in Wolcott, Ind., to Chris and Alice (Punke) Rinkenberger. She married Henry W. Rapp, Jr. on January 16, 1944 in Peoria.
She is survived by one son, Stephen (Jeanne) Rapp of Tega Cay, S.C.; one daughter-in-law, Sara Rapp of Morton; two daughters, Barbara (Jim) Rapp Cardwell of Chevy Chase, Md., and Sally (David) Zwanzig of Morton. Also surviving is one brother, Glenn (Lucie) Rinkenberger of Burlington, Iowa.
She has eight grandchildren: Michael (Cindy) Rapp, Tega Cay, S.C.; Katie (Ryan) Walcott, Wake Forest, N.C.; Allison Rapp, Washington; Owen Cardwell and Julia Cardwell, Chevy Chase, Md.; Barbara (David) Bender, Eureka; Caleb (Carrie) Zwanzig, Littleton, Colo.; and Joanna (Stephen) Foehringer, Batavia, Ill.; as well as 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Henry; one son, Philip Rapp; four brothers, Verden, Cleo, Levern and Edward; and one sister, Waunita (Sam) Hirstein.
Bernice loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed playing games, having dress-up parties with hats, and having tea with special baked treats for them. She was an excellent cook and baker and liked to share her baked goods with shut-ins and nursing home patients.
After high school, she worked at Caterpillar in the Parts Department until she married Henry, who was in the service. During these times, they were transferred to various bases; and Bernice worked for the Office of Price Administration in Baltimore, Md. and Albany, Ore., issuing food stamps to individuals and restaurants to qualify for rationed food items during WW II. She was a business partner with her husband in building and developing rental properties. For several years, she clerked at Roecker’s Hardware Store.
Bernice was a member of Morton Apostolic Christian Church, where services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2019, with Apostolic Christian Church ministers officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in Morton, and on Friday from 9-9:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in the Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Morton.
The family would like to sincerely thank the nurses and aides at Restmor who took wonderful care of Mom and showed her love these past six years. God bless you.
Memorials may be made to Apostolic Christian LifePoints in Morton.
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