Imogene "Jean" Alexandra Rappe
April 22, 1913 - May 20, 2014
Jean was born April 22, 1913 in Centralia, Wash. to Elizabeth Fobert (Trask) and Alexander Fobert. She was the second of seven children.
She was preceded in death by her parents and all her brothers and sisters: Margaret Fobert (died as a child), William Bill Fobert, Edward Fobert, Frank Fobert, Alexander Junior Fobert Jr., and Mary Terrill. She is also preceded in death by her husband of almost 50 years, Willis Bill Rappe.
Her family moved to Portland when she was a toddler. Then the family bought a farm near Hubbard in 1923, and that is where she grew up until she went to Secretarial College in Portland after graduation from high school. She then worked for Archie Goldsmith and Brothers, a wholesale dry goods company, as a secretary/receptionist off and on until her retirement in 1978.
She married Willis Bill Rappe in June 1940, and they lived in Portland. They had three children, all boys: Willis Bill Rappe Jr. (Barbara), Gerald Jerry Rappe (Teri) and Randall Randy Rappe (Colleen). Jean has six grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was a caring and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Jean was a devout Catholic for most of her life; she always helped people get to church. She seemed to be helping someone in some way almost all the time. For many years, she was a volunteer for The Arc which is a national organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For a while, she was president of the local chapter. She also was a blood donor and volunteer for the Red Cross for many years. She delivered meals for many years for Loaves and Fishes (North Portlands Meals On Wheels for seniors.) She delivered these meals up into her 90s, until dementia began to compromise her life.
Jean and her husband were quite prominent in the square dancing community in their younger years, and in their later years, prominent in the senior dance community.
She was moved to Wenatchee, Wash. in 2008, to be near one of her sons, when her dementia and frail physical state made it dangerous for her to live alone. In 2012, she was moved to Richland, Wash., to be near another son.
She was smart, quick witted and unusually gifted in the English language. In another time, she may well have been an outstanding writer. Or, she may have been a top-notch athlete. We deeply appreciate her for being such a fine mother/grandmother/great-grandmother.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your local The Arc or to your local Red Cross.
There will be a Catholic funeral service for Jean on May 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Church in Hubbard, followed by internment at St. Lukes Cemetery in Woodburn, ending in a reception back at the church.
Arrangements by Ross Hollywood Chapel in Portland.