Archive for Wednesday, July 29, 1998


July 29, 1998


Services for Flora Chiarappa Silini, 75, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. August 27 at First Southern Baptist Church. Burial will be held at a later date in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden, Conn.

Ms. Silini died Monday, July 27, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Meriden, Conn., the daughter of Emilio and Grace Chiarappa. She earned a degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and a master's degree in music from Ball State in 1967.

She presented workshops describing her method of teaching piano to the mentally and physically challenged, and her book, ``Experiencing Music with the Piano,'' has been used as a text for piano courses throughout the United States.

She was presented the Mortar Board Teaching Award for outstanding educator by the Torch Chapter, Kansas University. In 1981, she was the recipient of a grant from the National Committee of Arts for the handicapped, an educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

She was a member of Altrusa International, the American Italian Historical Society, Music Teachers National Assn., Sigma Alpha Iota International music fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda, KU Retirees Club, and National Honorary Music Society. She was active in the Kansas Music Teacher's Assn., the Douglas County Association for the Retarded Citizens and the American Diabetes Assn.

Survivors include a son, Robert Silipigni, of the home; and a brother, Elmer Chiarappa, Middlefield, Conn.

The family suggests memorials to the American Diabetes Assn., sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

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