A private memorial service for Alfred Joseph Appel, age 101, of Woodstock, who died Friday, October 19, will be held at the convenience of the family.
He was the beloved husband of 73 years to Lucile (Blakeslee) Appel, age 100. He was the love of her life.
Al was born on October 2, 1911, in Paterson, N.J., the younger son of the late John Alfred Appel and Klara (Scheu) Appel.
He graduated from Pennsylvania State University, School of Forestry in 1937. While a student there, he was an active member of the Tau Phi Delta fraternity. Penn State is also where Al met Lucile. Al worked for the State of New Jersey, in the Department of Forestry for 22 years; he retired as head of the department. During this time in his life, he and his family lived on Jenny Jump State Forest located in Hope, N.J.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his children: John Appel, and his wife, Jeannine (Jones) Appel of Woodstock and Dorothy Appel of Newington, Conn.; his grandchildren: Bruce Christian, Jr. of Simsbury, Conn., Justine (Christian) Almquist and her husband, David Almquist of Tallahassee, Fla. and Beckie Appel of Phoenix, Ariz.; his great grandchildren: Tyler Christian of Tallahassee. Fla., Jesse Christian of Chicopee, Mass. and Lukas Almquist of Tallahassee, Fla.; and his sister-in-law: Genevieve Appel of Sparta, N.J.
Al was predeceased by his brother, Oscar Appel, in December 2005 at age 98. Throughout his lifetime he always enjoyed hunting and fishing, but after he and Lucile moved to Woodstock in December 1965, his passion was the land and certainly a contributing factor toward his longevity. He enjoyed maintaining the property so he could share it with others whether family or curious visitors who couldn’t resist the apple on the hill or the historical significance of his home. Al also enjoyed gardening and going to the gym. He is remembered fondly for his love of life, dancing and the great outdoors.
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