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In Memory of Marylyn 'Sis' Apel


4-7PM - Monday, October 26 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Funeral Services

11AM - Tuesday, October 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson

Marylyn “Sis” Apel, age 79, of North Hudson, WI, passed away on October 23, 2015 at her home in North Hudson following a hard fought battle with cancer. 

Sis was born on September 24, 1936 in Afton, MN, the daughter of Raymond and Luella (Peloquin) Clymer. She grew up in Afton with her seven siblings, attending Afton grade school, and graduating from Stillwater High School, the class of 1953. Following graduation, she attended a few classes at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior, WI, when she began her career at GS Electric as a Group Leader for over 17 years. On the weekends, Sis also served as a bartender at Mallileau Inn in North Hudson. 

On April 15, 1961, she was united in marriage to Allan Apel in Mason City, IA, and together they had five beautiful daughters: Ruth, Lori, Patti, Sally, and Shelly.

Aside from spending time with her family, she thoroughly enjoyed crocheting and knitting, and was known for her beautiful afghans she made for her girls, and the prayer squares she made for Trinity Lutheran Church. She was an avid baker and loved making homemade sugar cookies for her family and friends. Sis had a green thumb, and enjoyed canning the produce from her vegetable garden, and loved adding to her extensive frog collection. 

She is survived by her daughters: Ruth Shaffer of Hammond, WI, Lori Apel (Rod Schmelzer) of Tuscan, AZ, Patti Apel of North Hudson, WI, Sally Haggerty of Hammond, WI, and Shelly (Tim) Hollyday of North Hudson, WI; 6 grandchildren: Thomas Apel, Robert Haggerty, Carrie Shattuck, Jessica (Nick) Marrone, Muriel Haggerty, and Danielle Hollyday; 7 great-grandchildren: Alik, Ashlyn, Finnegan, Fiona, Austin, Azalea, and Grace; siblings: Russel Clymer of Forest Lake, MN, Jeanne (Bill) Boumeester of Hudson, Barbara (Kenneth) Clark of Lakeland, MN, Michael (Cyndy) Clymer of Hudson, WI, David (Becky) Clymer of Maplewood, MN, and Jerry (Ardy) Clymer of Iowa; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Allan; parents; and brother, Lawrence “Buddy” Clymer. 

A visitation will be held from 4 to 7PM on Monday, October 26, 2015 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson. Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1205 Sixth St., Hudson, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at church. Interment at Willow River Cemetery. Memorial preferred. 

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    • Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow!
      We’re sorry for your loss!
      Our Prayers are with you all!
      Old Friends,
      Jerry and Gaye

    • We are so sad to hear of your loss. Sis was a wonderful person, always caring for others. I really enjoyed all the years I got to know her at the prayer shawl meetings. We will miss her smile and laugh, she was always bringing joy to others. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

    • With our deepest sympathies our prayers and thoughts go out to Sis’s family. Sis was one of a kind lady, she had a wonderful smile, a great laugh and a twinkle in her eye. She made friends where ever she went and she would help out when she could.

    • And so the number of saints above is increased by one, leaving behind an empty space that will never be filled except through the gift of memory. We celebrate with you your beloved mother and grandmother’s life and the many lives she touched.

      May you miss her deeply, forgive her often, and always claim the best of her in you. Our sympathies, thoughts, and prayers remain with you in your grief even as you reflect on the promises of God to provide a reunion in heaven. We are so very sorry we cannot be in Hudson to attend the funeral.