Barbara Ellen Appel, 84, of Redfield, SD, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020, at Community Memorial Hospital Avera in Redfield. Her funeral service was held Monday, December 14, 2020, at the Redfield Wesleyan Church in Redfield with Pastor Mark Appel officiating. She was laid to rest at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery in Redfield.
Barbara was born August 2, 1936 at home in rural Faulk County, South Dakota to Samuel Rice and Clara (Sohrt) Rice. She was one of ten children (two pre-deceased); and spent her childhood and youth on the family farm in rural Rockham. She attended rural country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Redfield High School.
She married Roger Appel on October 13, 1954 in Redfield, SD; and to this union, eight children were born (first-born son, pre-deceased). Barbara always had extraordinary energy - effectively managing an entire household, helping Roger on the farm when needed, and still finding time to care for others. She was always thinking of, helping, and praying for others. Throughout her entire last night, several of her children witnessed her naming and praying for countless others, that they would receive peace and healing from their struggles. She quoted Psalm 121 and other scriptures and sang hymns. She firmly said, “Only Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus is everything!”
Barb disliked the name ‘Barbara’; Roger’s favorite nickname for her was Barbie Doll. The two were inseparable and exemplified the true sense of the scripture: “….and the two shall become one.” Family was very important to her.
Her 7 children, 27 grandchildren, 9 great grands and numerous extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, friends of relatives) and multitudes of friends frequented the farm for countless family celebrations, suppers and card games, SCRABBLE, square dancing and singing; family worship and song; ice-skating, hunting, fishing, camping, swimming, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, trampoline jumping, cattle drives, and so much more!! She welcomed all into her home with open arms – everyone greeting each other, laughing and joking; no matter the time of day or number of people – her table was filled to over-flowing with the very best home cooking … always complimented with her signature apple pie, Mountain Mama Mudslide or other homemade sweet treat.
No matter the comings and goings, Barb walked closely with the Lord. Her greatest desire was that “….all her family would come to know Jesus and live for Him – so that we could all be in eternity together.” One of the most-special memories (for us boys) is our Mom coming into our bedroom to tuck-us-in, kneeling by our bed and first asking God to bless each family member and to be Thankful for our food, clothing and house; then praying for relatives, friends and all those who were suffering. The feeling of gratitude helped us sleep peacefully every night.
One of the most-memorable family trips was to Minneapolis, MN (July 1973) to attend the Billy Graham Crusade. Eight bodies of various sizes piled into the car and made the 5½-hour trip. The venue was the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and attendance was over-flowing. Dr. Graham’s message was of Jesus and (his) forgiveness of our sins. Our entire family was greatly affected by that one night! Of course, no Appel family trip is complete without a challenge …. Roger (while filling the car with gas) saw and purchased mounted 6’ Longhorn Steer Horns, carefully wedging them from back window (driver’s side) to front window (passenger side) - of course, thrilling Barb to no end; throughout the entire 5½-hour return trip, she skillfully juggled squirming kids and the point-end of that Longhorn rack.
Barb is survived by her beloved husband Roger and their seven children: Suze and her husband John Pokrassa of Dallas, TX; Rosy Love of Amarillo, TX; Donna and her husband Kurtus Jorgenson of Waubay, SD; Mark and his wife Gini of Redfield; Pat and his wife Sheila of Redfield; Tim and his wife Tabatha of Black Hawk, SD; and Ross Appel of Redfield. She is preceded in death by her first-born son, Antone Leo Appel; and her son-in-law Delmar Love (Rosy’s loving husband).
In lieu of flowers, please forward memorials in honor of Barb to Food for the Poor (6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073) and Redfield Area Right to Life (36586 159th Street, Cresbard, SD 57435), or a charity of your choice.
Thank you to the participants in Barb's service:
Clergy ~ Pastor Mark Appel
Pallbearers ~ Tim Appel, Ross Appel, Isaac Appel, Noah Appel, James Jorgenson, Josh Love
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Food for the Poor
6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek FL 33073
Redfield Area Right to Life
36586 159th Street, Cresbard SD 57435