Longtime Alaskan and Nikiski resident Ellen J. Rappe-Boling died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at her home in Nikiski. She was 77.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 9, at a private family burial in the Rappe Family Cemetery in Nikiski. A celebration of her life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at her residence at 52189 Lucille Drive in Nikiski.
Mrs. Rappe-Boling was born July 17, 1931, at the home of her parents, Frank and Nellie Craig, in Toppenish, Wash., the last of their 11 children.
"In April 1959, along with her husband, 'Red' Rappe, and their five children, she made the 'Alcan Adventure' driving from Othello, Wash., to Anchorage, making Alaska, that she soon grew to love, her home for over 50 years," her family said.
She and her husband were land developers, leaving a legacy of subdivisions and streets named after them and their children in Anchorage and Nikiski. Her family said she was a good source of legal information for family and others acquiring properties.
In 1976, she married Dick Boling.
For over 30 years, Mrs. Boling was the bookkeeper for her sons, Craig, Don and Brad's, construction companies until her passing. She did the books from the onset of Craig's business, while she resided in Anchorage, and then for Don and Brad when she and Dick moved to Nikiski in 1983. Throughout her life she worked various jobs that included employment at the Cabaret Hotel Restaurant & Retailers Association.
She enjoyed sewing, beading, was an avid reader and created cross-stitch pictures.
"Mom loved to cook for her family. On holidays, dressed in high heels, she prepared a feast that would spread across the large dining room table. Family gathered frequently at their home for dinners, games of sort, and an occasional poker game," her family said.
"Mother was strong-spirited and a lady of class. She was deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In all that she accomplished, her greatest legacy is her family."
Mrs. Boling was preceded in death by her parents; son, Larry L. Rappe; grandson, Les Rappe; stepson, Darron Boling; five sisters; and four brothers.
She is survived by her husband of Nikiski; daughter, Kay Ellen Rappe of Nikiski; sons, Craig E. and wife, Karen Rappe, of Wasilla, Don C. Rappe of Nikiski and Stephen Bradley Rappe of Nikiski; stepdaughter, Julie Snyder of Bailey, Colo.; 16 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister, Lora Williamson of Anchorage.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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