Ethel ‘Sammee’ Appel died of Alzheimer’s Disease and pneumonia, surrounded by family in Mesa, Arizona.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 69 years, Norman, formerly of Del Mar, California, sister, Lenice Schneider of Pacifica, California, sister-in-law Sylvia Appel of Santa Rosa, California, daughters Lori Diquattro of Mesa, Arizona, Adriane Appel of Danville, California and son Jeffrey Appel of Poway, California, grandsons Wes, Ryan and Jeremy Diquattro and Michael Appel and nine great-grandchildren.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Ethel contributed to the WWII effort developing top-secret aerial photography. After meeting and marrying Norman Appel, the couple moved to Concord and Walnut Creek where they raised their family.
Ethel enjoyed the theatrical arts, singing and acting in productions with the Lafayette Dramateurs and Temple Beth Isaiah in Lafayette, California. Ethel was active in school PTA’s supporting her children’s education. While managing family rental properties, Ethel discovered her business abilities and enjoyed a successful, life-long career in the real estate industry. In the late sixties, after becoming a California real estate broker, Sammee partnered with another broker to open Aquarius Realty, one of the first female owned and operated real estate companies in Contra Costa County.
In retirement, Sammee pursued her love of writing, winning first and second place in the non-fiction categories with the San Diego Writer’s Guild. She also wrote over 350 pages comprising her life history and genealogy.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, 1301 El Camino Real, Colma, California. There will be an open casket viewing in the chapel at 10:45 AM. Please be in the chapel at 10:30 AM to participate. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Alzheimer’s research.
There will be a luncheon at 12:30 PM, immediately following the funeral service, at Chevy’s, 141 Hickey Blvd, S. San Francisco, CA 94080. Phone: 650-755-1617
Funeral arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, Mesa, Arizona.