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Mary Elizabeth Appelfeller
Mary Elizabeth AppelfellerCrucifixMary Elizabeth (Benson) Appelfeller, age 80, of LaRue, passed away peacefully at her home in LaRue on November 16, 2010 surrounded by family after a brave battle with Palsey and Cancer.

She was born November 10, 1930 in Hardin County outside LaRue to the late Esley and Anna (Wolf) Benson.  On November 24, 1951 she married Joseph E. (Joe) Appelfeller and he died December 27, 2001.

Mary will forever be remembered by family and friends as exuberant, fun loving, and caring. Her favorite times were when she was with family and friends especially when the gathering came to a point of  reminiscing and singing together. Her brightest moments might very well be the times she spent caring for loved ones.

Mary was a lifetime member of the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in LaRue and was presently a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in  Kenton.

She is survived by sons; John (Lisa) Appelfeller of Fort Worth, Texas, Mark Appelfeller of Louisville, Colorado, and Matthew Appelfeller of LaRue. Daughters; Julie (William P.) Gracely of LaRue and Marna (Dave) Salmons of Bellefontaine,  Grandchildren; Darrah, Jennifer and Catherine Appelfeller, Will and Liz Gracely, Colman and Mark Salmons.  Brothers Jim Benson of Marion and Frank Benson of LaRue.  Sisters; Alice Cochran of TN, Irene Ballinger of CA, and Barbara Cronin of FL. And many loved nieces and nephews. Sisters-in law Rose Benson of LaRue and Bets Benson of MO.

Along with her parents and husband she was preceded in death by brothers Walter, Ed, John and Tom.

Family will receive friends at a celebration of life which will be held Friday November 26, 2010 from 4 to 8 PM at the Dry Lane Construction Party Center 376 Dry Lane Rd. LaRue, Ohio.
Those who wish may make contributions to the Heartland Hospice 685 Delaware, Ave. Marion, Ohio 43302.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue is helping the family with the arrangements.

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Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 3:52 PM


#2 from: Jeff and Suzy Wall
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 8:38 PM

To a beautiful lady.  We will miss your smiles and your zest for life.  Our sympathies to all the family. Jeff and Suzy

#3 from: Janet Reed
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 9:15 AM

I served in the Air Force Reserves with JJ here in Texas. JJ my prayers go out to you & your family. I lost my Father & youngest sister last year so I understand part of what you're going through. Be happy about the time you've had with her & continue to live life with no regrets. She'll always be in your heart. Take care

#4 from: Jerome Christian
4900 Horne St. Fort Worth, Tx. 76107
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 10:17 AM

My codolences to the family and love one. May the Lord keep and blessed the family.

#5 from: Ruby Miller (Jon)
107 Gillman Avenue, Washington, IL 61571
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. She was a good friend to Art & Marguerite Miller (my parents-in-law).

#6 from: Bobby & Georgiana Murphy
Fort Worth, Texas
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM

J.J.& Lisa, George and I sorry to hear about the lost of your mother.  I remember when you brougt your mom over to our house bacck in the early 2000's; she was very friendly and a pleasure to be around, she was truly a good person.  We pray that the Lord Jesus comfort you and your family thru your time of sorrow and pain, we will keep you and your family in our prayers...  God bless you.  Your friends, Bob & George

#7 from: TSgt. Patrick T. Tharp
Brownwood Texas
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 1:26 PM

So sorry for loss JJ moms are special and its tough my thoughts are with you brother hope all is well with you and your family

#8 from: MSgt Jason Hampton
Longview, Texas
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 3:35 PM

My deepest sympathies go to you and your family during this troubled time. May God grant you peace, healing and strength.  

#9 from: Bruce A. Venable
Corsicana, Texas
Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 5:43 PM

my prayers are going out to you and your family.

#10 from: Michele Ozuna
Fort Worth, TX
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:02 AM

JJ, Lisa and family.  I am sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother.  I know how close you are to your family and what a difficult time this must be for you.  Please know that you are in my prayers.

Your friend,

#11 from: Diana Echols
Summerville SC
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 11:48 AM

JJ - I am so sorry to hear about your Mom.  Remember to honor your grief as you honor your Mom.  My thoughts are with you and your family.
Diana Echols  

#12 from: Ralph & Mary Lee
Marion, OH
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:35 PM

We wish to extend to you our sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mother (sister) Mary.
Having owned the home next door to Joe and Mary for a number of years, we had many enjoyable conversations and happy times with this great couple.  We solved many problems of the world.
The face of LaRue is changing, and losing this wonderful couple is a sad part of that change.
Take care of yourselves in this time of loss and
remember the blessings they brought to the lives they touched.

#13 from: Don and Suzy Townsend
LaRue, OH
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 8:36 PM

Julie, we were so sorry to hear of your moms passing.  We have such great memories of her. She was always so much fun to be around. There was never a dull moment when we were with Grandma Apple. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

#14 from: Jeff Capell
Fostoria oh
Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Just heard about mary's passing. She and joe were always good to me and I remember them both fondly.

#15 from: Mark & Kelly Primavera
Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Our thoughts are with all of you.  If we can help in any way please let us know.

#16 from: Dean and Micky Ridgway
LaRue OH
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Dean and I would like to extend our sincere
sympathy to the family of Mary Appelfeller. She
was a vibrant person with such an uplifting personality that it was a joy to be in her presence. We feel lucky to have known her
personally and in the work place. Heaven will be
brighter because of her.  

#17 from: Joe M. Justice
7983 St. Rt.559 Zanesfield Ohio 43360
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM

John my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

#18 from: Judith D. Cashwell
Mooresville, NC
Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 9:08 PM

I am so surprised and very, very sorry to hear of Mary's passing.  I was picturing her enjoying her 80th birthday party this coming Friday.  She was always so full of life, helpful and funny.  She saved my mother's life in 2001 when she visited her, found her having trouble breathing and drove her to her doctor in Kenton.  Mary was an integral part of my image of La Rue.  I never spoke with my mom over the phone without her mentioning Mary.  I send my deepest sympathy to all her family.  Mary will definitely leave a big hole in La Rue's heart.
    Sincerely,   Judy Cashwell

#19 from: Cathe Ashcraft
Weatherford, Tx
Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 11:50 AM

JJ and all your family,  I am so sorry for the lose of your mother,  I know losing a parent is tough, but it sounds like she had a great life and a family to match.  You are in my prayers.

#20 from: Al & Mary Haberman
Batesville, MS
Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 5:41 PM

We send our deepest condolences on this sad loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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