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WEST RICHMONDVILLE - Edna Eldeen Rappleyea of West Richmondville, daughter of Manley Murray and Gertrude (Brooks) Murray, passed away following a lengthy illness on Oct. 14, 2017, at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland.
Edna Eldeen Rappleyea, "Deenie" was born on Jan. 17, 1933, on Ferris Hill, Murray Road, near Grand Gorge in the Town of Roxbury. She was named after a dear family friend and neighbor Edna Eldeen Barber.
Deenie grew up on the small family farm on Ferris Hill and attended Grand Gorge Central School graduating in 1950.
She married her high school sweetheart, Jerald C Rappleyea, on March 18,1951.
After high school Deenie worked for the New York Telephone Co. and also as a waitress at the Grand Gorge Diner.
After getting married Deenie spent her time raising four sons near Richmondville and for a few years also while living in Stamford.
Over the years she volunteered at Cobleskill Regional Hospital and worked at Montgomery Ward and JC Penney catalog stores in Cobleskill.
She was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Richmondville. She was a former Sunday school teacher and member of the church choir.
Deenie enjoyed growing flowers very much, especially her daffodils. She had the ability to see the beauty of a single flower in a field of weeds. She also enjoyed bird watching, especially her cardinals. She loved to play the piano and organ and loved to sing. For many years she and her husband, Jerry, planned many large family get-togethers and looked forward to having the immediate family and many times the extended family at her home. She spent many winters in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with her husband and later by herself. She enjoyed many camping trips and traveling.
She was married to Jerry for more than 59 years when he passed away on May 6, 2010.
Along with her parents; she was predeceased by her sisters, Catherine (Murray) Thorington and Ruth (Murray) Haight.
Deenie is survived by her four sons and their families, Glenn C. (Cathy) Rappleyea of Hobart, Jerald W. (Carolyn) Rappleyea of Grand Gorge, Brian J. (Donna) Rappleyea of Broadalbin, and Jeffrey (Christine) Rappleyea of West Richmondville; grandchildren Lisa (Daryl) Birdsall, Elisabeth Rappleyea, Jerald (Kelli) Rappleyea, Joanna Rappleyea, Jonathan Rappleyea (Desiree Abare), Lindsay (James) Jones, Justine Rappleyea and Dani Rappleyea; and great-grandchildren, Tyler Birdsall, Chase Birdsall and Grayson Jones.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 20, at the Richmondville United Methodist Church, Main Street, Richmondville, with the Rev. Jeff Smith officiating. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be private in Fairview Cemetery, Grand Gorge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Richmondville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Richmondville, NY 12149 or the Richmondville Historical Society P.O. Box 316, Richmondville, NY 12149.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.
For additional information and to send online condolences to the family, visit www.merenessputnamfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 17, 2017
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