Carolyn June (Williams) Rapp

January 19, 1939 ‒ February 20, 2021

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Carolyn June (Williams) Rapp, age 82, of Marion, died peacefully on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at home surrounded by her loving family following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

On January 19, 1939, Carolyn was born in Marion, Ohio, the fifth of eight children of the late Irey Edwin and Susan Rebecca (Nusser) Williams.  She graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1957.

Shortly following graduation, while at a local bowling alley, Carolyn met a young gentleman, Ralph Rapp, and from there the rest is history.  They were married on September 21, 1961, and shared fifty nine years of marriage.  Together they lovingly raised two children: Pennie and Eric.  They also enjoyed living on a farm together in Mount Gilead from 1996-2010.

Carolyn started her working career at the Western and Southern Life Insurance agency, and after a brief stint there she transferred over to the Marion Power Shovel, where she worked in the accounting department until they closed.  She then went to work in the accounting department at Fairfield Engineering, again until it closed in 2004.

Very faithful, Carolyn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and enjoyed participating in Martha’s Circle.

Having a green thumb, Carolyn could work in her flower garden all day long, where she especially enjoyed growing zinnias.  She also was a bit of an artist, making creative arts and crafts for many years.

An avid reader, Carolyn loved a good biography and autobiography.  She also was a sports buff, always rooting on her beloved OSU Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns.

Most important of all to Carolyn was her family.  She devoted to her life to ensuring her children and grandchildren would have a bright future.  They were her proudest achievement in life.  She will be remembered as one of the most caring, honest and sincere women you could ever meet.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Ralph Rapp; two children: Dr. Pennie (Vincent) Marchetti of Stow, OH, and Rev. Eric (Polly) Rapp; five grandchildren: Linus (Sarah) Marchetti, Galen, Maia, and Blaise Marchetti, and Lauren Rapp; three siblings: Martha (Ronald) Warrick, Lewis Williams, and Diane (James) Sinden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by four siblings and three in-laws: Irey E. Williams Jr., Jerry (Marlene) Williams, Mary (Carrol) Meyers, Eleanor Sue Williams, and Pamela Williams.

Her family will greet friends from 10 – 11 am on Friday, February 26, 2021, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion, where masks will be required. Burial will be observed privately by her family in Marion Cemetery, with Rev. Rob Howard officiating.  A public memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 143 S Prospect St, Marion, OH 43302.

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to the caring nurses with OhioHealth Hospice for their tender care of Carolyn in her final weeks and days.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel of Marion, are honored to serve Carolyn’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Ralph and family so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for God’s peace to cover you.
    Betty Harrison Baker

  • I saw the obituary for Carolyn in the Marion Star this morning and I am so sorry for your loss. Seeing Carolyn’s name brought back a flood of good memories. We worked together at the Marion Power Shovel during the 1960’s in the Cost Accounting Department. She and Marjorie Powell operated comtomers and they were a symphony in motion. Again, my sympathy to Ralph and their family.

  • Ralph and children
    I am so sorry for your loss. Carolyn was an intelligent, loving person. Ralph, I miss seeing you
    at work at Harding. And kids, you have both been so very successful. You are the light of your parents’
    Dreams. My prayers are with you

    Vaughn Williamd

  • Dear Ralph and family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Ellen O’Meara

  • I worked with Carolyn at Marion Power Shovel in the 70’s. She was such a wonderful woman.
    She had class and dignity and her family was the light of her life. I have so
    many fond memories of Carolyn. We walked downtown Marion many lunch hours together. Peace to your family.

  • Dear Eric, Polly & Lauren; our sympathy to you for your loss of your Carolyn. Your mother will be a part of your life forever and you will be united with her as soon as you receive your eternal home.

  • Our love and prayers to Ralph, the children, grandchildren, and all who loved and cared for Carolyn.

    Dick and Linda (Rapp) Ricker

  • May God be with you at Sad time of pass of Carolyn enjoy talk to Ralph and Carolyn went they live on farm in Mt Gilead rember the good time Betty and Mary Ann Lawyer

  • Dear Family,
    I am very sorry for your loss.
    l met Carolyn while working at Marion Power Shovel.
    She was a wonderful person, dedicated worker, and usually wore a smile.
    For a short time around 1969,
    I picked her up for work from her home on Davids Street.
    When dropping her off after work,this little girl, Penny, would be out front
    excitingly waiting to give her Mom a hug.
    I still remember the smile Carolyn would have on her face.
    Over the years we would see each other while shopping for groceries.
    She always took time to say hello.

  • My name is Nellie Haughn. I worked at the Shovel when our sweet Carolyn did. I have talked to her some when I would see her at the store. I lost my daughter Shellie in a terrible car crash in 2015. Carolyn was so nice about talking to me about my Shellie. She said she would be praying for me. I know her prayers were answered, for I am doing somewhat better than I was. My sister Ida would pick her up on our way to work at the Marion Power Shovel. You could tell she was a great mother to her kids. Her daughter Penny would hug her by. God Bless all of you. Do sorry for your loss. Nellie

  • Ralph, Phyllis and I are so sorry to hear the news of Carolyn. We surly missed the times we had. She was a wonderful person. Wink