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750 6th Avenue West
Melville, SK S0A 2P0
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Wilfred Appel

Wilfred Appel

Thursday, August 7, 1930 - Sunday, October 20, 2019
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Wilfred Appel of Melville, SK, beloved husband of 65 years of Elsie Appel, entered his eternal rest with family by his side on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Home, Melville. He was 89 years of age.

Wilf was born on August 7, 1930, in the Grayson district of Saskatchewan, a son to John and Margaret (nee Hanowski) Appel. He met the love of his life at a dance at Rainbow Hall in Killaly, SK. They were married October 12, 1954, and were blessed with five children.

Wilf was a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family playing cards, fishing and sharing recipes, as well as cooking, baking, bowling and playing music. Wilf owned and operated Appel’s Transport for over 20 years and then became the janitor at St. Henry’s Church until his retirement. His love for people kept him busy drawing many to his large yard sales and flea markets over the years.

Wilf was greeted in heaven by his parents, John and Margaret; daughters Mary, Lena and Margaret; grandson Mitchell Hollinger; sister Alvina Bernhardt; brothers-in-law Tony Exner, Ed Beutel, Adam Beutel and Lavern Graff; and sister-in-law Violet Graff. He leaves behind his wife, Elsie; son Ernie (Laurie) Appel; daughters, Patricia (Peter) Bauldic, Kathy Appel, Debbie (Gilbert) Hollinger and Bernie (Wayne) Nowoselski; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; sister Agnes Exner; brothers Jack (Gloria) Appel and Ray (Marlene) Appell; brother-in-law Zach Bernhardt (Eleanor); and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

Words of wisdom for the next generations:
“Do the best you can and treat people good and right - never cheat anyone!

“Be active and if there is something to be done, just do it!”
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Service Details

  • Vigil Service

    Friday, October 25, 2019 | 8:00pm
    Friday, October 25, 2019 8:00pm
    Matthews Funeral Home
  • Service

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:00am
    St. Henry's Roman Catholic Church, Melville
    729 Main Street
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    Rev. Fr. Andrew Sowa, OMI
  • Interment

    St. Henry's Parish Cemetery, Melville
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  • Reception

    St. Henry's Parish Centre, Melville
    729 Main Street
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Gordon and Lenore Ostlund

Posted at 07:33pm
Our deepest, heartfelt condolences to all of you, Wilf's beloved family......Wilf was a very amazing man and will be missed by many!
Gordon and I have very fond memories and one in particular illustrates what a caring helpful person he truly was....
When we moved to Melville from a farm at Aylsham (in the Nipawin area) Gordon was working in Melville, we had discussed what community to make our home, One Thursday Gordon came home and said "We are moving to Melville on Saturday!" With 5 children, 2 deepfreezes full of produce and a basement full of preserves etc. I Panicke!! Gordon said,"No worries the man who is coming to move us will help" And help he did! He helped us pack up everything including the freezers and basement full of preserves, kids and all! As impossible as it seemed, we a;ll arrived in Melville safe and sound with all of our possessions including the cat and dog, on Saturday afternoon! We all loved that man dearly!

Mel & Sherri Stelmak

Posted at 10:29pm
Our deepest condolences to all of Wilf's family .He was such a kind caring man!!
whenever we saw him at the home he always called out to us to see how we were .. AND HE WAS THE ONE SUFFERING!! May he R.I.P free from all his pain..and May God Bless all his family at this sad time !! Hugs an Prayers Mel,Sherri Ken and Jame S

Brenda Bella-Schultz

Posted at 11:33pm
My deepest sympathies to all the family.Wilfred was such a kind,jolly,caring man.

Brent Hoedel

Posted at 09:47pm
Sending healing light and love to the entire Appel family!!!

Lorie Bernath

Posted at 05:58pm
I am so sorry for your loss to you all. Wilf will always be remembered for his kindness, strength, and sense of humour. My deepest condolences.

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