Sophia Riceman Chappell was born April 29th, 1995 in Madison, Wisconsin and died last week in Austin, Texas where she had lived for two years. She was sweet, gentle and quiet. She loved beauty, animation and fantasy of all sorts, small animals and silly jokes.
Sophia was quiet and her smile was always welcome. She was smart (she could always beat her Dad or anyone else at Othello), beautiful, and capable. She painted, embroidered and drew beautifully - her temperament was artistic and unworldly.
Sophia will be buried next to her older brother Sam, whom she missed, and mourned by her little brother Jacob Riceman Chappell; parents Anne Riceman and Rick Chappell; grandmother Rosine Chappell; aunts and uncles Andrea Blum, Glen Chappell, Lori Najvar, Ellen Riceman, David Riceman, Susanne Arney, Lori Chappell, Cynthia Steinhardt, Ruth Shire, Miriam Freedman, Ruth Riceman; and many other relatives.
A graveside service will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Rd, Madison at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017. Please arrive by 10:50 a.m. at the entrance to the cemetery to be a part of the procession to graveside.
Please share your memories of Sophia.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road Madison
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We are so sorry about Sophia's passing. Our thoughts are with your family.
Cathy & Joel Cryer
Anne, Rick and Jacob, Our deepest sympathies on Sophia's passing. Our thoughts are with you. Dawn and Jim
Every life has an impact on this world and Sophia's life held meaning to all those who she touched. We are so deeply sorry for your loss and hold you dear in our hearts, Nancy, Drew and Paula
Words are inadequate, but they can sometimes provide comfort, in time. So very sorry for the loss to you and your family, Rick.
"Grief, I've learned, is really just love. It's all the love you want to give, but cannot. All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go." -Jamie Anderson
Dear Rick and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of Sophia. My deepest condolences.
We wrap you with our love, from the first day we met our Anne and Rick at the sandbox at University Houses with Sam and our little boys playing happily with their Tonkas and darling Sophia in her Mom's tender arms. Your gentle tender parenting was inspirational to us - through Shorewood and Scouts and beyond. Your friendship and all your children have made an indelible imprint on our family and our community who holds you close. Our thoughts and prayers surround you. Ann, John, Mark and Paul Domann
Dear Rick and Family,
My deepest sympathies on the loss of Sophia.
Dear Rick: I am sorry for your loss. May your family be comforted.
Our heartfelt sympathies to you Anne, Rick, and Jacob, for having to say goodbye to Sophia too soon. May her love warm your souls. Knetter family
I am so sad to hear the news of Sophia, and my heart goes out to Anne, Rick, and Jacob. It was a joy to have her as a student, and I can still see and feel her quiet, pleasant presence.
I remember Sophia so fondly as a third grader in my class; she was smart, sweet, and kindhearted. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn her passing.
Our deepest sympathy to Sophia's family, our dear friends. We grieve with you in this loss, and we grieve with the world at the loss of a wonderful young woman. holding you in our hearts. Wyman-Kuenzi family
Jacob, Anne, and Rick, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Sue Hess (Jacob's 8th grade teacher)
We spent time with Anne and Rick and Sam and Sophia when the kids were little. Anne and Rick were so wonderfully kind, patient, imaginative and fun and so very present with Sam and Sophia and all the little ones in that lucky circle of friendship in University Houses.
I have many fond memories of Sophia when our kids were very small, playing in playgroup together. Claire loved Sophia's imagination when they played together. I will try to find some old photos to share. Deep condolences to you family from ours. Beth, Matt, Stephanie and Claire Sykes.
We grieve with you for the tragic loss of Sophia, and send you our deepest condolences. May you find comfort among your family and friends, and may Sophia's memory be a blessing.
We mourn the passing of this beautiful young woman, and offer our deepest sympathy to Anne, Rick and Jacob. Marilyn Townsend, Fred Wade and Katherine.
The Benforado Family extends our deepest sympathies to Anne, Rick and Jacob, and all members of the Riceman Chappell family.
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