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Marjorie Rapp Obituary (1933 – 2022) – Hartford, CT

Marjorie Burriack, of Southbury, CT, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, on Friday, June 10, 2022, at the age of 88. Marjorie was born in Flushing, NY on December 3, 1933, to parents Elmer and Helen Silver and was the youngest of two beautiful girls. Predeceased by her parents and her older sister Carolyn Becker (husband Arthur “Bud” Becker), she is survived by her loving husband Stuart Rapp, and her two daughters from a previous marriage to William S Burriack: Gillian Burriack of Fairport, NY, and Stephanie Burriack of Long Island, NY. She is also survived by her two stepchildren Richard Rapp of South Windsor, CT (Lynn Rapp, sons Ben, Evan; stepsons Mike, Sam), Annie Rapp of Forest Knolls, CA (partner David, sons Austin and Alden), and pre- deceased by stepson Daniel Rapp (wife Julie, son Nathan). Marjorie had treasured relationships with her sisters-in-law of her, Nancy Utt (Ronnie), and Sarah Garbe (Gunther, deceased), in addition to many nieces and nephews; Susan Becker; Robyn Ide (Chris), Peter Becker (Kathy), Claudia Bach (Walter), Valerie Conklin (John), Peter Burriack, Gregory Davis (pre-deceased), Alex Burriack (pre-deceased), and many great Marjorie lived a life that was extraordinarily full. She approached every day with genuine curiosity, grace, love…and a true zest for travel and adventure! Her relationships and friendships de ella, both old and new, were at the core of what made her the exceptional human she was. Many lifelong friendships began during her time in school at the Abbot Academy for Girls, and Wells College. The value of friendship is what she imparted, especially on her two girls, and the depth they add to the enjoyment of life. She shared adventures all over the world throughout the UK, Europe and South Africa, with her favorite US spots in Santa Fe, Gloucester, Amagansett, and Maine. In her heart de ella, the UK was her second home de ella, spending several years working in London after she graduated Wells College, leading to what began an enduring “love affair” with the Country, the culture, and the cherished friends she made . Marjorie loved to give back to the community and was extremely involved with her family through sports and music. She filled her “resume” as a Girl Scout leader, school board member, a gun starter for high school swimming, and a shuttle driver for daily swim practices and music lessons for over 15 yrs. She was a fierce competitor in local Bridge circles wherever she could find a foursome, in addition to being a highly skilled knitter, whipping out her infamous fair isle sweaters blindfolded if need be! Closest to her heart of her though was her love of antique linens. In her early 50’s, she built her own business, The Linen Ladies. Marjorie grew and maintained this business for over 30 years, becoming a highly reputable and sought after speaker and contributor at fine antique shows across the country. Ella’s Marjorie’s joy was never so radiant as it was after re-connecting with her soulmate and her best friend, Stuart. Friends since they were in their teens, their lives went separate ways over the years. Never to be too far apart, they found their way back to each other to enjoy nearly a 30-year marriage. After marrying in 1994, they relocated to Bethel, CT where they established deep roots in the community. Through Stu’s fellowship at the Bridgewater Congregational Church, Marjorie quickly expanded her close circle of friendships. She found immense joy in having grandchildren through her stepsons and stepdaughter and loved spending time together as an extended family over holidays both at Hoyt Hall in Bethel, and the Rapp family home in Gilead. Profoundly deaf over the last decade, she refused to sit back. She quickly adapted to her “smart phone”, mastered voice texting, email and FaceTime, and fully embraced Facebook to keep connected to family and friends. Marjorie, Marge, Margie, Mom…stayed relevant and relatable and enjoyed the generational differences that came with a life of over 88 years. Her smile from her, her laugh, love of life and friendship will be genuinely missed by all who knew her. A Celebration of Life will be Sunday, June 26 at 2PM, at Bridgewater Congregational Church, 10 Clapboard Rd, Bridgewater, CT 06752. A reception will be held following the service in the Fellowship Hall and all are welcome to join. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Wells College Fund; The Humane Society; or Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation(

Published by Hartford Courant from Jun. 18 to Jun. 19, 2022.

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