Saturday, April 17th, 2010
Karen Salesman Rapp, 57, a native of Churubusco and wife of Daryl B. Rapp, passed away at 6:50 p. m. on Friday, April 16, 2010, at the family residence in Smith Township following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Rapp was born in Wolf Lake on November 28, 1952, a daughter of Richard L. “Dick” and Dorothy (Hyndman) Salesman, and spent her formative years in Churubusco. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1971, and graduated from the Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in 1974.
On August 9, 1974 she was married in Allen County to Daryl B. Rapp of Churubusco, and moved with her husband to Texas in 1975. She had lived in Katy, Texas before returning to her Churubusco home recently.
She had worked as a registered nurse, but found her calling as a homemaker and a devoted mother who home schooled her daughter. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Katy and its Covenant Sunday School Class. In her leisure time she enjoyed travel, family activities, and caring for horses and other animals.
The surviving relatives include her husband of over 35 years Daryl; her daughter Sarah Rapp of Houston, Texas; her mother Dorothy Salesman of Churubusco; two sisters Diane (Randy) Zolman and Kathi Engle, both of Churubusco; a brother Greg (Teresa) Salesman of Churubusco; two uncles Don Hyndman and Dale (Joan) Hyndman, both of Churubusco; an aunt Barbara Hyndman of Churubusco; and several cousins. Her extended family was a vital part of her life.
She was preceded in death by her father Richard “Dick” Salesman on March 5, 2002.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Friday, April 23, 2010, at the Good News Baptist Church in Churubusco with Pastor Edward A. Thompson, officiating.
The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco on Thursday from 2 to 8 p. m., or at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the family plot at Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.
For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 1315 Directors Row, #200, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.
To leave an online condolence for the family in Mrs. Rapp’s memory, log on to www.sheetsandchilds.net