The Reverend Frederick W. Rapp, long-time rector of the Episcopal Church, passed away on Jan. 18, 2002 at San Simeon Nursing Home in Greenport. He was born in Dayton, OH, on Sept. 24, 1914, graduated with honors from Bucknell University in 1936, went on to a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Andover Newton Theological School, followed by the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA, including studies at Harvard University. He served as assistant to the dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston, where Sunday and noonday services were broadcast throughout the Boston area. Subsequently, he was called to the Church of the Messiah in Auburndale, MA, and while there taught religion at Lasell College. In 1960 he was called to St. Stephen's Church in Port Washington where he served until his retirement in 1980 with the honorary title of Rector Emeritus.
After his retirement the family became full-time residents in their Shelter Island home where he conducted services, when called, at St. Mary's and the Union Chapel. He was then called from retirement to St. Ann's Church in Bridgehampton where he served for four years, becoming Rector Emeritus for a second time in 1984.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Grace Gault; and four children, Margaret, David, Elsa and Jonathan; plus seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a brother, Edward.
The Rev. F. Rapp was an active sailor, tennis player, bayperson and gardener. He served as chaplain of the Manhasset Bay and Port Washington Yacht Clubs. During WWII he was a volunteer in the US Coast Guard, and after the war served in the Merchant Marine as deckhand and chaplain on a freighter transporting workhorses to Europe for a project sponsored by Heifer International under the UN Relief Act.
A family service will be held in Point Pleasant, PA. Contributions in his memory can be sent to San Simeon by the Sound, PO Box 2122, Greenport, NY 11944.
June Vernon Casser, of West Palm Beach formerly of Port Washington, died on Jan. 18, 2002. Beloved wife of the late Constantine Casser. Loving mother of Conrad and Kenneth. Adored grandmother of Noah, Meghan, Ann, Whitney and Nini. She was very active in the PEO and DAR. She was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital where she spent her last few days after a massive stroke.