Mary E. "Bish"
(Bumpus) Rapp, 89, of Woodcrest Road,
Boxford, died Monday, June 29, 2015 at
the Beverly Hospital following a brief
illness. She was the wife of the late
George C. Rapp.
in Lynn March 1, 1926, daughter of the
late Henry W. and Dorothy (Caverly)
Bumpus, she was raised in Peabody and
graduated from Peabody High School with
the Class of 1944. She went on to work
at Metal Hydrides and General Electric
where she met George Rapp of Chicago.
They were married July 8, 1950 and lived
in Cincinnati, OH for several years
where George worked for GE. In 1960,
they moved to Boxford when George was
transferred to the GE plant in Lynn,
where they lived less than a mile from
Trinity Church in Topsfield for many
years and then became a parishioner at
St. Mary Church in Dorchester after
volunteering in their food pantry
program. Enthralled by the international
flavor and inner city work of St Mary's,
she was an enthusiastic supporter
of their church steel drum choir.
a lifelong love for North Haven Island
in ME, where she spent time as a child,
and for the Amish communities of
eastern Pennsylvania. She vacationed
with George for over forty years in
Wolfeboro, NH. In her later years, Bish
greatly enjoyed spending time on Bailey
Island in ME, watching the comings and
going of the local lobster fleet. She
was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox
and it surprised her as much as anyone
that she lived to see them win three
World Series Championships.
survived by a nephew Carl C. Demrow of
Washington, VT, a niece Sara Dent
Demrow , her husband Shawn Dent and
their son Ian Dent all of W. Newbury,
and her friend and companion Julius
Wiley of Boxford. In addition to her
beloved husband she was predeceased by a
sister, Nancy R. Caverly of Andover and
two infant brothers.
Private funeral arrangements are under
the direction of the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial
contributions in her name may be made to
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 14 Cushing
Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02125..