Patricia ‘Pat’ Ann Overbaugh Rapp

Patricia ‘Pat’ Rapp

WESTERLO — Patricia “Pat” Ann Overbaugh Rapp “went to be with her Lord on March 10, 2019,” her family wrote in a tribute. She was 81.

She was born on Nov. 18, 1937 in Schenectady, the daughter of the late Clarence Overbaugh and Evelyn (née Edward) Rowe. She graduated from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in 1955. She married the love of her life, Richard Rapp, on June 2, 1957. Together they started their life in Westerlo, raising two daughters.

While starting as a homemaker, she went on to be a successful businesswoman. She started with many corporate careers and later became regional manager and vice president with Artex/Tri-Chem, which offered her the opportunity to travel throughout the United States accompanied by her family.

“Leadership came naturally to Pat,” her family wrote. “She was the leader of local Girl Scout troops for many years, quadrupling the amount of troops in the Hilltowns during her tenure as leader. She instilled her in her troops the importance of care and compassion towards the community. Pat went on to acquire the Thank Badge, a prestigious Girl Scout award.

“Pat was then able to combine her worlds when she entered the tourist industry, later running her own business. In her years of business, she had the opportunity to bring family and friends to various parts of the world, creating memories that all will cherish for a lifetime.

“Pat and her husband traveled to all 50 states and other countries, including Westerlo, Belgium, where friendships still remain active today.

“Pat’s faith and love of the Lord was very present at the South Berne Congregational Christian Church where she held many positions. Most dearest to her heart was bringing the youth to Christ, which she did for several years.”

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Patricia “Pat” Ann Overbaugh Rapp is survived by her husband of almost 62 years Richard “Dick” Rapp; daughters Debora Stalker and her husband, Brian, and Susan Ragone and her husband, Larry; grandchildren Larry Ragone and his wife, Kelly, David Stalker and his wife, Kristen, and Amanda Quick and her husband, Brandon; and four great-grandchildren, Shane, Emily, Shea, and Brayden.

She is also survived by her sister, Shirley Boehlke, and her husband, Orville, and her brother, Raymond Overbaugh, and his wife, Patricia; her brother-in-law, Robert Rapp and his wife, Rachel; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Her parents, Clarence Overbaugh and Evelyn (née Edward) Rowe, died before her as did her stepfather; her in-laws, Herman and Ethel Rapp; and her sister, Roberta Northrup, married to Reid.

Calling hours were held on Friday, March 15, at the Fredendall Funeral Home. A funeral service was held on Saturday, March 16, at the South Berne Congregational Christian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Berne Congregational Christian Church, 101 Church Rd., Berne, NY  12023.

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