Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at Holland Barry
& Bennett Funeral Home.
Her funeral will be at 10
a.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln,
with Pastor Mark Peters officiating.
Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery, Beason.
Rosemary was born Sept. 22, 1923, at Burton View,
a daughter of Dorcus and Bessie Gallagher LaForge.
She married Harold Apel on Dec. 23, 1945, at the
First United Methodist Church in Lincoln. He
preceded her in death on April 27, 2009.
She is survived by three sons, Gary (and wife
Mary) Apel of Bourbonnais, Gene Apel of Lincoln and
Garret (and wife Jill) Apel of Beason; one daughter,
Gail Apel-Sasse (and husband David) of Beason;
grandchildren Nathan Sasse of Chestnut, Abrigail
(and husband Doug) Temple of Fulton and Kristine
Apel of Beason; stepgrandchildren Chad (and wife
Deb) Blake Bourbonnais and Eric (and wife Peggy)
Blake of Bourbonnais; three
step-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Catherine
Apel of Atlanta; and cousins David LaForge of
Lincoln, Bernadine Douglass of Texas, Eleanor Crum
of North Carolina, Wayne LaForge of New Holland,
William "Bill" LaForge of Lincoln, Helen Cecil of
Lincoln, Bonnie Gambrel of Springfield, Mary
Catherine Fletcher of Lincoln, Leslie Ann Gallagher
and Sharon Smith.
She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Mrs. Apel was the Sunday school secretary for
Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln for many years. She
was a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church in
Lincoln and served with the Dorcas Guild. She was
also involved with Vacation Bible School and Sunday
school at Faith.
She was the treasurer for Logan County CROP for many
years, a member and officer of the Oran Township
Home Bureau, and was co-leader of the Cloverdale 4-H
She graduated from Fairland School in Burton View
and from New Holland High School. She received a
degree in vocal music from Lincoln College.
After graduation she taught at Musick School in
Lincoln, a one-room school for grades K-8. While she
was a teacher, she was employed at State Bank of
Lincoln during the summer.
Above all else she was a devoted wife, mother and
grandmother. She enjoyed baking and sharing those
treats with the people she cared for. Baking was her
language of love.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
given to Faith Lutheran Church, Zion Lutheran School
or Memorial Home Hospice.
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