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Ann Marie "Marian" Applegate

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[August 28, 2014]  ATLANTA - Ann Marie "Marian" Applegate, 80, of Atlanta, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Visitation: Pending

Service: A memorial service will be held in Atlanta on Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Cemetery.

Funeral home: Peasley Funeral Home, Lincoln


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

A memorial service will be held in Atlanta on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Cemetery.

Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Ann Marie is survived by her husband John of Atlanta, son David of McLean, daughter Linda (Tom Bates) of Houghton, MI, sisters Irene VanDeVelde of Tavares, FL and Pauline (Jack Burke) Forman of San Diego, CA, sisters-in-law Virginia Freiwald of Clarendon Hills, Priscilla Archibald of Ojai, CA, and Phyllis Carlson of Grand Rapids, MI, brother-and sister-in-law Richard and Betty Applegate of Atlanta; three grandsons: Aron Applegate of Bloomington, Nathan (Erica Leever) 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; brothers-in-law Sidney Forman, Oscar VanDeVelde, Albert Applegate, Richard Archibald and Robert Carlson; sister-in-law Phyllis Applegate; and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ann Marie was born June 17, 1934 in Bruce Crossing, MI, a daughter of Paul and Mayme Kemppainen Westerinen.


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Ann Marie graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit in 1951. She met John in Detroit as he was stationed there in the US Army. She was volunteering for the U.S.O. and working at the F.B.I. They were married November 19, 1955 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Detroit. Ann Marie and John moved to Atlanta to farm and raise their children. Ann Marie worked at several businesses through the years as a secretary and was an excellent waitress. She also pursued many varied artistic endeavors and was an excellent cook, artist and weaver.

Ann Marie's Finnish heritage was very important to her. She took many trips to Finland over the years to see relatives. Also her many trips to Salolampi the Finnish Language Village in Bemidji, MN were very enjoyable to her even though she was already fluent in the language.

Dear to Ann Marie's heart was the place of her childhood home, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ann Marie and John took their children to the U.P. as often as they could over 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.

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 have been entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.

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