Ruth S. Anderson Rapp, of Rockport, Mass., and Bonita Springs, Fla., died June 30, 2012, at Emeritus Assisted Living in Oceanside, Calif.
Ruth was born Nov. 22, 1921, to Gloucester highline halibut fisherman Augustus Anderson and his wife, Emma. The ninth of 10 Anderson children, Ruth attended Gloucester High School and graduated in 1939 as a Sawyer Medal recipient.
It was during those years that she met her future husband, John “Jack” Rapp Jr., at the Rockport Art Association’s Saturday night dances. United by their love of dancing, the two wed in 1945 upon Jack’s return from service in World War II.
Ruth worked for the Electric Light Co., Gloucester National Bank and Granite Savings Bank while making a home for her three children on Prospect Street in Rockport.
Later, she and Jack danced between Spring Creek Village in Bonita Springs and summers in Rockport, becoming active members of the Rockport Golf Club and the San Carlos Golf Club in Fort Myers, Fla. Ruth faithfully crewed on Jack’s International Class Star boat, “Rapsody,” out of the Sandy Bay Yacht Club, where she also was a member for many years.
Between rounds of golf, Sunday night dinners at Bill and Courtney’s, and endless crossword puzzle victories, Ruth perfected her renowned clam dip, appearing at every family get-together with her blue bowl and “Wise” chips. She managed her family’s finances and traveled the country visiting family in California and Colorado. Of course, her tradition of making snow pudding and wind sauce ensured her family always remember to come home, as well.
When Jack passed away in 2009 after 64 years of marriage, Ruth moved to Oceanside, Calif., to be close to her daughter, Nancy Rapp. She spent the rest of her days making new friends at Emeritus Assisted Living.
Ruth was oft to say, “If you hear that I’ve died, don’t cry for me. Remember that I’ve done more and had more than I ever thought I would. I’ve traveled, I’ve had two houses and I’ve lived to be an old lady. So, I’m not kidding: Don’t cry for me.” We all miss her dearly.
Ruth is survived by her sister, Shirley Dennen; her children, William R. Rapp and wife, Courtney, of Rockport, Steve Rapp and wife, Paula, of Steamboat Springs, and Nancy Rapp, of Encinitas, Calif.; six grandchildren, Rechele Jordow and husband, Niklas, of Melrose, Mass., Corey Rapp and wife, Tiffany, of San Diego, Dan Rapp and Kristen Pino, of Rockport, Jesse Rapp, of Steamboat Springs, Jed Goldstein, of Los Angeles, and Olivia Goldstein, of Encinitas; and six great-grandchildren, Hannah and Nellie Jordow, of Melrose, Mass., Kaidin and Isabella Rapp, of Rockport, and Jack and Evan Rapp, of San Diego.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Rapp Jr.; her brothers Eugene, Harold, Ivan, Andy and Carroll “Buster” Anderson; and sisters Ingrid Souza, Hester Sheedy and Una Tucker.
A memorial service to celebrate Ruth’s life is Aug. 31, 2012, at Beach Grove Cemetery in Rockport, Mass. Contributions in her memory may be made to Sandy Bay Yacht Club Sailing Program and Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 37, Rockport, MA 01966.