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“Dear John and family,We were so sad to hear of Freddie's passing through My sister Jan. Jan kept us updated on all of your family's accomplishments....Read More »
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“I will miss you my sweet sister. Thinking of you John and Erica and Jessica.I will always remember the wonderful visits we shared. Just reminder I...Read More »
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“Dear John,I'm so sorry to lose Aunt Freddie so suddenly. Our thoughts are with you, Erica and Jessica. Please let us know if there is anything we...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Michael Shields Jr. - London

“Dear John, We are so very very sorry for your loss. Your wife was an incredible woman. May God wrap His arms of love around you and your family as...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Dale and Mary Glezen - Lisle, NY

“Dear Freddie,I am so glad that we became so very close and that we got to spent quality times together with you, John & Henrietta.I am so very happy...Read More »
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Fredericka Constance Rapp, 72, of Clermont, FL passed away June 3, 2016 at Cornerstone Hospice in Tavares, FL. Fredericka, a.k.a Freddie, is predeceased by her parents, Charles Nelson Shields and Constance Ellison Shields. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, John Paul Rapp; two daughters, Erica Constance (Vijay) Sarvepalli and Jessica Beatrice (Steven) Tostrick; four grandchildren and many other extended family and friends including two brothers Charles Nelson Shields II and Michael Ellison Shields.
Freddie was born to dance. She started ballet lessons at a young age in Houston, TX and attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City because of its outstanding ballet department, Ballet West and the Utah Symphony. She never went home for Christmas because of performing in the Nutcracker Ballet each season. She graduated in three years with a B.A. in Mathematics and worked as a computer programmer for the Apollo Mission and subsequently for Reliance Insurance Co. in Philadelphia following her marriage to John in 1965. Philadelphia also provided opportunity for dance with the Pennsylvania Ballet and other local groups. In 1976 the family, now including two daughters, moved to Toledo, Ohio for John's work in research at the Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo College of Medicine). Toledo also provided opportunity for dance with the Toledo Ballet for about 10 years.
When Freddie's ballet career was over she turned to competitive Masters Swimming with the Michigan Masters swim team. She is listed five times between 1994 and 2006 as a U.S. Masters Swimming Long Distance All American Swimmer. She started triathlons by doing the swim part of a triathlon relay and quickly became an active member of the Team Toledo Triathlete Club competing in national and international events at the Olympic, half-Ironman and full-Ironman distances. She did five full-Ironman races: two in Kona, HI and three in Lake Placid, NY. John and Freddie retired to Clermont, FL in 2004 where there was excellent opportunity for continued participation in triathlon, running and biking competitions including the Disney Half Marathon.
Freddie's health had been excellent and so her death was unexpected. It was 23 days from the diagnosis of a brain tumor to her death from massive cerebral hemorrhage caused by the tumor. She has been cremated and will be buried in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen, Ohio.