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Serena Rappa

December 2, 1946 — December 7, 2021


Serena Rappa, 75, died December 7th, 2021 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born December 2nd, 1946, in Milwaukee, to parents Claude and Irene (Janik) Gryzinski. She married Richard Rappa in Milwaukee on September 13th, 1969. They were married for 52 years.

She worked as a medical secretary in Milwaukee and in retail for Treasure Island before moving to Kronenwetter. Her favorite job was that of mom and homemaker. She loved spending time with her family. As her children got older she babysat for many years before working at Target as a department manager for 13 years.

People who knew her might have said she was quiet and a bit of an introvert until they got to know her. She was a warm and caring person who liked to chat with those who she was close with. She was an avid reader for many years and enjoyed making her own crafts, sewing and shopping. She also enjoyed movies and watching her favorite shows. She also had a big heart and loved to help people.  Near or far she was a phone call away when someone needed to talk or needed her help.

She enjoyed traveling or testing her luck at the casino. Time with friends was also important to her, but she was most content just being at home and spending time with her family. Most of all she loved being a sister, wife, mom and Busia (grandma.) But what brought her most joy was her grandchildren. Despite the distance, she was close with each of them. She would spend time having lunch via video chat, listening to them play the piano, sing or talking with them when they were having a tough time.

Her faith was important to her and she was an active member of St Therese parish.

Serena was the loving mother of 3 children:  Richele (Louis) Bohm,  Massachussets, Dean, Georgia and David (Laurie) Rappa, Sparta.  Proud grandparents of Dominic, Ashlyn, Connor Bohm and Harper.

Her sister Claudia Dorobilski, Franklin and her brother, Greg Gryzinski, West Allis.  Her brothers and sisters in law Thomas (Pamela) St Germain, Jerry, Saint Germain, Judith (Mike) Hackett, Virginia, and Sharon (Dr. Richard) Bagnall, Virginia. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and additional family members and friends.

Serena was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Rappa, her parents Claude and and Irene Gryzinski, father and mother in law, Norbert and Anna Rappa and brother in law Robert Dorobilski.

A service to remember both Serena and her husband Richard's lives will be held on April 19th, 2022 at St. Therese Church in Rothschild, WI.  Visitation will be from 9:30 -11:00 am, the service at 11:00 am followed by sharing happy memories at the Relocation bar at noon in Kronenwetter, WI.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church,  or Peyton’s Promise,

Our family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Aspirus hospital for their loving care.

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