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Ann Marie "Marian" Applegate

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[August 13, 2014]  ATLANTA -  Ann Marie "Marian" Applegate, 80, of Atlanta, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

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Funeral home: Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta


Ann Marie "Marian" Applegate , 80, of Atlanta, Ill. died Friday, August 8, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Ann Marie is survived by her husband, John; son David Applegate ...of McLean; daughter Linda (Tom) Applegate of Houghton, Mich.; two sisters: Irene VanDeVelde of Tavares, Fla., Pauline (Jack) Forman of San Diego, Calif.; sister-in-law Virginia Freiwald of Clarendon Hills, Ill.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Betty Applegate of Atlanta; sister-in-law Priscilla Archibald of Ojai, Calif.; sister-in-law Phyllis Carlson of Grand Rapids, Mich.; grandsons: Aron Applegate of Bloomington, Nathan (Erica) Applegate and Evan Applegate, both of LIncoln; special "daughters" Melissa Lee of Lincoln and Michelle Holmes of Bloomington; many cousins, nieces and nephews all whom she adored and special relatives in Finland.

Ann Marie was preceded in death by her parents; one son: Eric Applegate; brothers-in-law: Sidney Forman of San Diego; Oscar VanDeVelde of Tavares, Fla.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Albert and Phyllis Applegate of Tallahassee, Fla.; brothers-in-law: Robert Carlson of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Richard Archibald of Ojai, Calif.; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ann Marie was born June 17, 1934 in Bruce Crossing, MIchigan, a daughter of Paul and Mayme Kemppainen Westerinen. Ann Marie graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit, Mich. in 1951. She then applied to work for the F.B.I. , but had to wait until her 17th birthday to become eligible to work for them. She was then hired to work in the "steno" pool. Later she had her own private confidential office to take dictation for confidential cases.

In 1954 she met John at the U.S.O. where she was volunteering as he was stationed in Detroit in the U.S. Army. They were married in Detroit on November 19, 1955 at Messiah Luthern Church officiated by Pastor Loeber.

Ann Marie and John then moved to Atlanta to live on the farm and raise their children. She worked at several businesses through the years as a secretary and was an excellent waitress. Ann Marie had served on the Eminence Township Election Board for over 20 years. She had been a clothes designer since a child when she began drawing designs on paper. This led to various artistic endeavors in her life at one time designing and making hats with Mrs. Alberta Amrhein. She was also a seamstress making clothes for her daughter through the years. Ann Marie had also designed and crafted unique pins and magnets for several years. She also was a weaver making rugs, scarves and runners on a loom as her mother and grandmother had done.

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Ann Marie had made several trips to Finland starting in 1970 with her mother. She had many relatives in Finland as both her parents were of Finnish heritage. She always kept close correspondence with all her Finnish relatives.

Ann Marie had done many presentations about Finland in schools and organization. She would educate people about Finland and Finnish culture as her Finnish heritage was very important to her.

Ann Marie enjoyed many trips to Salolampi, the Finnish Language Village in Bemidji, Minn., even though she was fluent in the language. It immersed her in Finnish culture and was part of the Salolampi "family." She did this with her daughter and one time was joined by both her sisters.

Ann Marie was an avid cook and always preserved the vegetables they grew in their huge garden. She always fed anyone who was around on the farm working and was especially famous for her lasagna.

Ann Marie was active with school organizations, including the committee that formed the Olympia School District in the late 1960s.

Dear to Ann Marie's heart was the place of her childhood home, the Upper Peninsula of Mich. John and Ann Marie took their children to the U.P. as often as they could through the years. Spending time in her home in the woods where she was born and at her sister Irene's cottage on Lake Gogebic with all the family members were her favorite things to do.

A memorial graveside service for Ann Marie will be held Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 1 p.m. E.D.T. at the Bruce Crossing Cemetery, Bruce Crossing, Mich. Lunch to follow at Twilly's Restaurant in Bruce Crossing. A memorial service will also be held in Atlanta at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Salolampi Foundation, P.O. Box 14480, Minneapolis, MN 55414-0480. This foundation gives scholarships to children to attend Salolampi Language Village to learn the Finnish language and culture.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

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