Weatherford Democrat

Obituaries

April 18, 2013

Joanie Louise Rapkoch

Joanie Louise Rapkoch, 63, daughter of Rudolf A. and Agnes Cernosek Stanislav, died April 13, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Service is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Weatherford.

A native of West, Texas, Joanie was born Sept. 23, 1949. Joanie earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Texas in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Arts from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Upon graduation, she entered the teaching profession. John and Joanie were married in 1983 in Colleyville. Shortly thereafter, they made Weatherford their home and built a successful real estate business. Joanie devoted much of her time to the Catholic faith, charities benefitting children and other philanthropic pursuits. She was a devoted animal lover, including caring for their numerous dogs, and was an avid traveler.

She is survived by her husband, John T. Rapkoch; sons-by-marriage, John T. Rapkoch Jr., of Weatherford, and Michael and wife, Heather Rapkoch, of Dallas; son, Clay Hale, of Tulsa, Okla.; beloved grandchildren, Lindsey, Christopher and Parker Rapkoch; brothers, Leonard Stanislav and wife, Betty, of Parker, Norbert Stanislav and wife, Barbara, of Weatherford; and her aunt Edith Cernosek, of West. She also has many adored nieces and nephews and cherished friends, including her childhood friend of 58 years, Monica May.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rudy Stanislav; twin sister, Mary Jane Lawley; daughter-by-marriage, Christine Rapkoch; and her uncle, Ben Cernosek.

In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks donations be made to Parker County PAWS.

Galbreaith Pickard Funeral Chapel

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