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GILLETTE, Wyo. - Funeral Liturgy services for long-time Gillette resident, Vera M. Appel, 91, will be 11 a.m., April 16, at St. Matthew's Catholic Church with Father Tom Kadera as celebrant. Visitation will be Monday, April 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel.

Vera died April 13, 2002, at Campbell County Memorial Hospital of natural causes.

She was born Feb. 24, 1911 in Doniphan, Neb., the second of seven children born to Ed and Pearl (Robb) Harrod.

At the age of four, she moved with her family to Campbell County, where they resided in Gillette. She attended local rural schools and graduated from Campbell County High School in 1929. Having taken normal training, she began a teaching career at various county rural schools until her marriage on June 15, 1938, to William J. "Bill" Appel at Scared Heart Catholic Church in Custer, S.D. They resided on a ranch south of Gillette until moving to town in 1963. Two years ago her failing health resulted in their move to Beehive Home.

In 1951, she returned to the teaching profession where she taught in rural schools and Gillette city schools until retiring in 1973 after a total of 31 years of dedicated teaching. She received her bachelor's degree in Education from Black Hills Teachers College in 1962.

Over the years she was a member of Campbell County Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, Chapter V, PEO, Happy Gap and Benefit Homemakers clubs and several samba and bridge groups.

She especially enjoyed her yard and flowers, her work as an election judge for many years, traveling, her card games and her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years; son, Bill of Gillette and daughters Eileen Suchor of Gillette and Audrey Reed of Billings; seven grandchildren, Angela Kennedy and Melanie Sylte of Gillette; Tiffany Cholez of Littleton, Colo.; Jennifer Suchor of San Francisco; Brett Suchor of Louisville, Colo.; Tim and Jeff Reed of Billings; and six great-grandsons; sister, Irene Reed of Sheridan; brothers, Lawrence Harrod of Casper and Lonnie Harrod of Danville, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

A memorial has been established to benefit the Gillette College Campus memorial scholarship fund. Donations may be sent in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 West 5th, Gillette, WY 82716.

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