Edward Rappleyea

Edward J Rappleyea

Saturday, March 30th, 1929 - Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
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Edward J.”Red Rapp” Rappleyea Sr., age 91 of Sayreville, passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Sayreville, he was a lifelong borough resident. Before his retirement, Ed worked as a Patrolman for the Sayreville Police Department for 30 years. He was a member of the Sayreville PBA 98 where he was a delegate for 22 years. He was also a member of the Sayreville First Aid Squad. Ed was a delegate for the retired Police and Fire in NJ for many years. He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War and a Life Member and Past Commander of the Sayreville American Legion Post 211. He ran the Legion baseball league for many years and was an umpire for over 20 years with the Sayreville Recreation Department. Ed was a member of the Sayreville Lion’s Club. He also proudly served his community as a Councilman. Ed was a communicant of Our Lady of Victories RC Church in Sayreville. “Those who knew me, knew me well and those who didn’t, can go to hell.”
He is predeceased by his parents Wilbur and Amelia, his brothers Warren, Joseph and William Rappleyea, his sister Marie Blaszka and his nephew William Rappleyea Jr.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Beverly Lehman, his children Michelle Rappleyea and her partner Nita Frazier, Cheryl Mozdzen and her husband Steven, Edward Jr. and his wife Sharon, his grandchildren Patricia Battles and her husband Jerad, Mary and Amanda Mozdzen, his great-grandchildren Kearney and Blair Battles, his sister Gail Smalley and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Tuesday 8:45am from the Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home 15 Cherry Lane Parlin, with a 9:30am funeral mass to follow at Our Lady of Victories RC Church in Sayreville. Burial will take place at New Calvary Cemetery in Parlin.
Calling hours at the funeral home will be Monday from 5pm to 9pm. Due to current Covid 19 restrictions, please note that a maximum of 100 visitors will be allowed in the funeral home at once and masks must be worn at all times. We encourage visitors to limit their time in the building to allow the family the maximum number of guests possible. Completed arrangements, directions, and letters of condolence to the family may be found by visiting

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, October 5th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, October 5th, 2020 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home
    15 Cherry Lane
    PARLIN, NJ 08859
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  • Service

    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 9:30am
    Our Lady of Victories RC Church
    42 Main Street
    SAYREVILLE, NJ 08870
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  • Interment

    New Calvary Cemetery
    Washington Road
    PARLIN, NJ 08859
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Janice O'Brien

Posted at 06:06pm
You've left an indelible, honorable mark on this town and will be remembered always. For your service to your country, to Sayreville, and your steadfast, abiding friendship, Thank you. Now you have earned your Heavenly reward, and will now be a special angel to your loved ones. Sleep in heavenly peace, Eddie.. Love, Kennedy & Janice

Mathew Bandurski

Posted at 10:03pm
Our deepest condolences to the entire family, may Edward Rest In Peace 🙏

Art and Marie Rittenhouse

Posted at 07:17pm
Bev and family, our deepest condolences to you. Rapp was a vital part of the community. The GOP will not forget his dedication to helping with each election.

Gail O'Such

Posted at 04:43pm
With Deepest Sympthy! Mr. Rappleyea was a funny, kind and loving man. When I lost my father he was one of the first to reach out and offer his support. Keeping you all in my prayers, Gail O'Such

Tama Blake

Posted at 04:27pm
Condolences to Mrs Rapp, Michelle, Cheryl and Eddie. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. He was strict at times but he never hesitated to help us with baseball or a project for school when we were kids . Deepest sorrow.
Tama Neminski-Blake

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