Obituary of Jeanne Rapone Kurz
Jeanne Rapone Kurz
Jeanne was born on August 7, 1953 in Astoria, New York. Her unfortunate passing was March 24, 2023. She lived in Queens with her Mom and Dad, Eve and Peter Rapone and big sister Lynn and little sister Diane until she was 10 years old and moved to Sands Point, New York. She attended Guggenheim Elementary School in Port Washington which was quite a change from the NYC school with it's asphalt playgrounds out to the suburbs with the grass fields to play on. She continued in the Port Washington Schools attending the Sousa Junior High School and the Paul D. Schreiber High School until graduation in 1971. Then on to CW Post College where she graduated with a teaching degree with a specialization in early childhood education.
It was in high school that she met her husband Donald Kurz in 1968. She was all of 15 years old and Don was 17. They dated though high school and college and Don's National Guard obligation. They married on September 7, 1974 and conrinued to live in Port Washington. They had their first child, Tracie on July 20, 1977. They moved to the Beacon Hill area of Port in 1980 and shortly afte were graced with a son, Brandon, on July 10, 1980,
Jeanne enjoyed decorating and was proud to invite you in to her beautiful home. She went on to become an Interior Designer. She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining which she did well from her Port home and her beach house in Southold NY. She would start at Memorial Day weekend and book the entire summer's weekends at the beach with friends and family welcooming them on Friday afternoons and cooking and entertaining them until Sunday evening to her complete joy. She kept Don busy running for the last minute essentials.
Unfortunately, she lost her beautiful daughter Tracie at only 24 years old on December 31, 2001. Tracie had attended college at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Prescott college in Arizona. Brandon now in college at NYIT playing Division I baseball. Brandon went on to marry and give Jeanne and Don two wonderful grandchildren, Gracie and James. They were the love of Jeanne's life. She enjoyed baking cookies with them and planning events for them.