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Obituary for Mr. Peter J. Appell

January 4, 1942 - June 12, 2017
Avon Lake, Ohio | Age 75

Loving Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle, & Friend


Peter J. Appell, 75, of Avon Lake, formerly of Bay Village, Ohio, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 at Symphony at Olmsted Falls, following a short illness. Peter was born January 4, 1942 in Albany, NY and had lived in Avon Lake the past eight years.

Peter is survived by his beloved wife Theresa (nee Chismark), whom he married July 18, 1970, his adoring daughter Karen Appell, as well as many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Otto C. and Margaret M. (nee O'Connor) and siblings Marion, Edward and Otto.

Peter was a 1959 graduate of Vincentian Institute in Albany, NY and had served in the US Army Reserves. He had a 40-plus year career beginning with Glidden Paints, eventually becoming Vice President, Specialty Brands for ICI Paints. He was especially proud to be a key part of the success of Macco Adhesives and the Liquid Nails brand. He retired in 2007.

Peter's life truly revolved around his wife, Terry, and daughter, Karen. He enjoyed frequent family vacations and traveling abroad. As he climbed the corporate ladder, mentoring became his passion - he was motivated by getting people to "dream bigger." He was honored to serve on the board of directors of Equitec and quite proud of his admission to the Weatherhead Professional Fellows Program at Case Western Reserve University. He enjoyed immersing himself in economics and investing; Terry and Karen are grateful for the amazing job he did with the family finances. In addition, he was a member of St. Raphael Church, Bay Village and St. Joseph Church, Avon Lake.

Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon-Belden Road, Avon Lake, Friday, June 16 for 3:00-8:00pm. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home, Saturday, June 17 at 10:15am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Raphael Church, 525 Dover Center Rd., Bay Village at 11:00am. Fr. Eric Garris of the church will officiate and Peter's friend Rev. Tom Madden will assist. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pan Mass Challenge for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at The Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) is a charity that is near and dear to the Appell family. The PMC is a two-day, 192 mile bike ride that is literally the most efficient charitable fund-raising event in the world: 100% of rider-raised revenue goes straight to cancer research directly though the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Terry's brother/Karen's uncle Tony and Terry's nephew/Karen's cousin Evan have been riding the PMC for several years now. This year, Evan is not only riding for his dear friend, but also his Aunt Terry, both of whom are currently dealing with cancer diagnoses. Clicking on the above link will take you directly to Evan's fundraising page. 440-933-3202

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Thank you so very much for your support during this difficult time.
We would really love for you to add your memories and photos to enhance this tribute to Peter. .
Love, Terry & Karen

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163 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
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