Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mildred Lappe

 Mildred F. Lappe of the Plantation at Leesburg, FL passed away on March 17, 2012. 
Born in Nutley, NJ on February 14, 1929.
      Mildred was a professional dancer.  She was a lifetime member of Dance
Educators of America, a charter member of the Professional Dance Teachers of America,
and Rockette Alumnae of Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  She was the owner
and teacher of The Dance Playhouse of Salisbury and Fruitland, MD for 32 years, retiring
in 1988.  She remained active after her retirement teaching exercise classes at the
      She was married to Kenneth H. Lappe March 14, 1948.  After their marriage they
moved to Tyaskin, MD where they raised their children.  After their retirement in 1988
they moved to Cape Coral, FL.  They then moved to the Plantation in 1994.   
   Surviving is her son Wayne and his wife Marie of Tyaskin.  3 grandsons Damian,
Jordan, and Gideon Smith.  2 granddaughters Chelsea Lee Lappe and Virginia Mastro
and great-grandson Gavin Smith.  She leaves behind many friends both in Maryland and
      Mildred was preceded in death by her daughter Pia Kathy Lappe in November, 2004
and her husband Kenneth in November 2011.
      In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lane Purcell Hospice House 2452
CR 526E Sumterville, FL 33585.
      A Celebration of Mildred's Life will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM at
St. Johns United Methodist Church East Main Street Fruitland, Maryland.

I grew up on the west side of the county and I knew the Lappe's quite well.  I can't even imagine how many youngsters she taught to dance over the years.  Not only did she teach dance she taught core values such as teamwork and respect for others.  She is sadly missed.