2004-06-16 / Obituaries

James A. Rapalje

James A. Rapalje of Burlington, Vt., formerly of Beacon, NY, died suddenly on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt. He was 68.

He was born in Cold Spring on December 14, 1935, the son of James and Susan (Scoba) Rapalje. On November 26, 1960, he was married in Cold Spring to Virginia Percacciolo.

He was a graduate of Lehigh University School of Engineering with a degree in metallurgy and was employed for many years with IBM, as an engineer.

James was a member of St. Mark’s Parish, Burlington, where he volunteered with the religious education. He was a very active volunteer at the Ethan Allen Homestead, where local students and tourists will remember his portrayal of Ethan Allen. He also gave his time to the United Way of Chittenden County, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and conducted tours of Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury. He enjoyed local politics and was preparing for a Vermont House seat when he died.

James was, above all, a family man. He loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. He leaves his wife, Virginia J. Rapalje of Burlington; his four children, Brian J. Rapalje; Kevin J. and Suzanne Rapalje, Karen A. and Daniel Poulin and Ellen J. Rapalje, all of Burlington, Vt.; five grandchildren, Juston, Courtney, Connor, Carter and Colton; five brothers, John and Carolyn of Garrison, George and Carole of Beacon, Michael Rapalje and Charles Rapalje of Cold Spring and Peter Rapalje of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; also several aunts, unclues, nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

Funeral services were held in Burlington, Vt. There will be a memorial mass in Cold Spring at a future date. Those who wish many make contributions in his memory to the Ethan Allen Homestead, 1 Ethan Allen Homestead, Suite 2, Burlington, VT 05401.

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