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Rose Rappaport

Rose B. Rappaport

Monday, November 20th, 1922 - Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
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Rose Rappaport passed away peacefully, in Boulder, Colorado, on June 5 at the age of 96. She is survived by her three daughters, Candace Rappaport (husband Joe Wilson) of Raleigh, NC, Wendy Lewis (partner Denis Newman) of Palo Alto, CA and Elycia Boyer (partner Michael Hirsch) of Boulder, CO and many nieces and nephews.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1922 and married in 1944, she is predeceased by her husband of 36 years, Dr. Paul Rappaport, her parents, Naomi and Louis Goldblatt, and her five siblings.

Rose was a devoted wife and mother who is fondly remembered by her family and friends. She was admired for being industrious, practical, creative, generous, dependable, loyal, kind, self-reliant and had great common sense.

In Philadelphia she studied bookkeeping before taking a job at the Navy Yard during WWII. She married Paul Rappaport in 1944 and continued working as a bookkeeper in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while he pursued his degrees in physics.

Her husband took a job at RCA Research Laboratories in Princeton, NJ and there they raised their three daughters. While caring for the family Rose was an active volunteer at the childrens' schools, the public library, and was the area coordinator for the Heart Fund charity. She was also a substitute teacher and she served on the Board of the Princeton Jewish Center, ran the gift shop, and did the synagogue’s accounting.

She had a love of art, and took classes in drawing, painting, copper enamel, and sculpture. As an artist she found her niche carving stone and was awarded prizes at local art fairs.

After 25 years in Princeton, her husband took a position as Founding Director of the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden, CO, now NREL, and they moved to Evergreen, CO with their youngest daughter, Elycia. As a lover of nature, Rose enjoyed the peacefulness and beauty of the mountains. During her years in Evergreen, Rose co-owned a shop on Main Street called Mountain Memories where she sold antiques and collectibles. She was generous with her time, serving at the voting polls, tutoring reading, and volunteering as a docent at the Evergreen History Museum. She was also a founding member of the local synagogue, Congregation Beth Evergreen.

Rose was a faithful family member, a good friend and neighbor, and adopted grandmother to many. She was an excellent cook and hostess, and enjoyed sewing and knitting, reading, gardening, playing bridge, fishing, Scrabble and traveling the world.

As a resident of Frasier Meadows Manor for more than a dozen years, she continued to play bridge and Scrabble and was grateful for the kind and caring attention from the staff and particularly from her devoted caregivers, Kathe Huntley and Susan Milburn.

We all remember sitting around the table with glasses raised and Rose would toast, “Here’s to family and have a good forever.”
You can post condolences to the family at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com. A celebration of her life will be held at Frasier Meadows Manor on July 27 at 2:30 p.m., 350 Ponca Pl., assembly room, 4th floor. Memorial contributions can be made to a charitable organization of the donor’s choice.
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    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    When
    Saturday, July 27th, 2019 2:30pm
    Location
    Frasier Meadows Manor
    Address
    350 Ponca Pl.
    BOULDER, CO 80303
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    Assembly room on the 4th floor
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Peter and Judy Carpey

Posted at 12:48pm
So sorry we won't be able to make the trip to Colorado. She was one of the best and we shall miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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Irene Clurman

Posted at 09:54pm
We at Beth Evergreen have fond memories of Rose and are very grateful for her help in building our congregation. I particularly remember her as a loyal and loving volunteer for the children at the Religious School and a generous donor to the library. May her memory be for a blessing. - Irene Clurman
 
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Wendy Lewis Posted at 02:31pm

Irene, thank you so much for posting your memories! We would be honored if you could join us at her celebration of life.
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Bonna Kauffman

Posted at 01:14pm
I have such wonderful memories of your mom, Wendy, during more than a few special holidays. Especially memorable was when both our moms were together at your Scotts Valley house. Your mom was welcoming, full of grace and lovely to be around. Cherish the good memories, may she rest in peace, with love from Bonna
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