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Obituary - Rhelda G. Lapham

Rhelda G. Lapham

Date of Passing: March 24th, 2009

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Rhelda Myrtle Gray Lapham, 93, a resident of Waterville for many years, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at the Harding Nursing Home. She was born March 22, 1916, in Old Forge, PA, the daughter of the late James William and Myrtle Robinson Gray. The family relocated to Chadwicks in 1922. She was a graduate of Chadwicks High School in 1933 and spent one year as a post graduate at Sauquoit Central School. On June 20, 1940, in the Willowvale Methodist Church, she married Granville L. Lapham, a loving union of 58 years. He passed away June 27, 1998. Mrs. Lapham was employed for 24 years with the Waterville Knitting Mill. She was later employed for 24 years in the office of the Partlow Corporation in New Hartford. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Waterville and was an avid bowler. Rhelda is survived by several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Mary Alice Gray of Ridgewood, NJ. She was predeceased by five sisters, Iva Smith, Ruth Cowburn, Lena Edwards, Verna Welty and Irma Burbach; and four brothers, Robert, Earl, Kenneth and Roy, who died at the age of 5. The funeral will be Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E. Main St., Waterville, with Pastor Genett Timlin officiating. Interment will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park, Kirkland. A calling hour will be held from 12-1, prior to the service.


Rhelda was not only my neighbor for 8 years she was a dear friend, i look out my window and see her empty house and i miss her so much she was a special and unique woman and i am blessed to have known her god bless you rhelda i will never forget you love cindi

I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Rheldas passing. I wasn't aware that she had been in the nursing home and just heard of her passing today. I'm sorry I wasn't able to attend her calling hours. She always remembered my childrens birthdays and graduation days. She always sent them little cards on christmas, she never forgot. She would call me and we would chat every so often and I enjoyed her. Rest in peace Aunt Rhelda. My condolences to her family members. Love Renee, Deidre and Stephen
Renee Welty

Aunt Rhelda, You were a loving and caring person who will be missed immensely. Love, Bonnie, Will, and Evie
Bonnie Gray-Chen

Aunt Rhelda, I so wish I had been able to make it up so you could have met Sophie. You will be missed by all of us & never forgotten. Give Uncle Granny a big hug from us. Love Rachel, Matt & Sophie
Rachel Gray-Wattles

Aunt Rhelda, I wish we could have seen you more. I will never forget Uncle Granny's stories and all the gifts you gave to me and my family. Rest now and be with Granny. Love, Chuck, Audrey and Chelsea
Chuck Williams-Kirk

I will miss this wonderful woman so much but it is a blessing she has gone to be with Granny again....I am sure she can see and hear perfectly again! I'll see you in the future Rhelda!

Rhelda - You always took care of my sisters and I and the Nichols children as if we were your own. Granny always made such fun crafts for us. You were a WONDERFUL woman and will be missed by all who had the opportunity to have you in their lives all these years. You go rest in Heaven now dear Rhelda. Love to you, Sheri
Sheri Salm Brennan

To Rhelda's Family, I would like to express my sympathy. Rhelda's sister, Lena, was our neighbor and that's how I got to know Rhelda. They were a kind and caring family! May God keep Rhelda in his care and be with all of you at this difficult time.
Debbie (Robinson) Skinner

So very sorry to read of Rhelda's passing. She was one fine Lady. Always, Paula
Paula Mariano