Louise M. Appenzeller, 91, former Brush resident, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013, in Chandler, AZ. She was born in Brush on April 2, 1922, to William C. and Iva Mae (James) Alexander, who were homesteaders southeast of Brush. After the death of her mother in 1925, Louise, her brother and sister lived with their paternal grandparents in Brush.|
Louise graduated from Brush High School in 1940 and Central Commercial School in Denver in 1941. She worked in Denver as a secretary at Northwestern Mutual Fire Association and as chief clerk and underwriter at Pacific Employers Insurance Company.
She met Theodore Appenzeller at a 4th of July dance at the Brush Armory. They were married September 10, 1949, in the old Methodist Church in Brush and lived in Denver. In 1952, they moved to Brush where her husband owned an auto body shop.
Louise worked as a secretary for the Art Johnston Insurance Agency in Fort Morgan and for 15 years for Arapahoe Pipe Line Co/Unocal, retiring in 1984.
Her religious faith and her church were always an important part of her life. She was an active member of her church, serving in many offices and on committees. She was a member of the women's groups of the church since 1952, serving in many capacities. She also served as the church's historian. She also volunteered with the East Morgan County Hospital Auxiliary and the Brush Senior Citizens Band.
Due to declining health, Louise moved to Tempe, AZ, to be near her daughter. In May 2012, Louise moved into the residential care home of Doina Farcas who cared for her until the time of her death. Louise's family will forever be indebted to Doina and her family for the wonderful and loving care they gave Louise.
Louise's father served in the U.S. Navy in World War I on board the U.S.S. Arizona. His picture, awards, discharge papers and original dinner napkin for December 25, 1918, were donated to the U.S. Military Historical Museum in Fort Morgan. Louise scanned and printed many newspaper articles celebrating the end of World War I and from World War II newspapers. They also were donated to the military museum.
Louise felt a great appreciation for the sacrifices made in so many ways by our ancestors throughout our country's history and by many in our country today.
Survivors include her son, Robert A. Appenzeller and his wife, Maggie, of Menifee, CA; her daughter, Barbara G. Appenzeller of Chandler, AZ; grandson, Eric Appenzeller; granddaughter, Rebecca (Mark) Medeiros; and 1 great-granddaughter, Annalise Catherine; 1 sister, Blanche Richards of Aurora, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore, on May 10, 1984; 1 brother, George W. Alexander; and her parents.
Funeral services will be Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Brush United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the Brush Memorial Cemetery. The Heer Mortuary is entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Brush United Methodist Church Gifts & Memorial Fund, the East Morgan County Hospital Auxiliary Tree of Love, or to the
Published in The Fort Morgan Times on Dec. 3, 2013