And I will Sail my Vessel....

Our hearts are heavy as we announce the passing of a dear chorus member, Elaine Rapkowski: December 18, 1952 – January 13, 2018*


To our dear Elaine:

You added so much joy and spice to Rhythm of the Rockies chorus! Thank you for being a part of our lives. #iamsweetadelines


You were full of life, love and laughter! As bass section leader and member of Limelight quartet, you brought the best of you to every rehearsal, meeting, retreat, competition and performance. Your beautiful voice, your friendly and welcoming nature, and loving soul will live on forever in our hearts.

Thank you for your friendship, wisdom, sassy yet classy presence, keen sense of humour, and ability to keep life and its glories and follies in perspective. We miss your confident and generous soul. Gone too soon to sing bass with angels, you leave us with beautiful notes in our hearts.

We feel so lucky to have known and been loved by you. 

We will miss you. Until we sing together again, dear Elaine.



*A Reception in Memory of Elaine’s Life was held at Temple B’nai Tikvah in Calgary on January 17, 2018. 
Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Elaine’s memory directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200, 325 Manning Rd NE, Calgary, AB, Canada T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email [email protected].


"And I will Sail my Vessel" is in reference to a song Elaine loved to sing with Rhythm of the Rockies. Through tears, we sang it to her spirit during our rehearsal the night before her funeral.

Song: The River
Acappella Arranger: June Berg
Composer: Garth Brooks & Victoria Shaw
Copyright holder: c.1989 BMG Songs Inc and Major Bob Music Co. Inc.