Betty Appel


Betty Appel, 84, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away Monday, October 19, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family.

 A Celebration of Life Service will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, October 23, 2015 at Saron Evangelical Lutheran Church, 510 Main St., St. Joseph with Pastor Joan Oleson officiating. Burial will follow at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton Harbor. Friends may visit from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice at Home or Saron Lutheran Church. Those wishing to share a memory of Betty online may do so at

 Betty was born April 6, 1931 in Benton Harbor, MI to Henry & Wilma (Lemke) Hummel. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1949. On May 9, 1970 she married Albert Appel in Benton Harbor. Betty worked for New Products and St. Joseph Township Hall as an office worker. She was a member of the Stevensville American Legion Auxiliary. In her spare time she enjoyed volunteering at Saron Lutheran Church, knitting and fishing.  The family would like to thank Hospice at Home for the wonderful care of their sister.

 Betty is survived by her daughter Pamela (Jim) Keller of Herndon, VA; grandchildren Paul and Tim Keller; sisters Barbara (Joe) Schulz of St. Joseph, Sharon (Bob) Brueck of Baroda and Sandra (Bill) Bonfoey of Baldwin, MI. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother James Hummel.