Dorothy LaVigna Appel Dorothy LaVigna Appel passed away Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the age of 95. She was the daughter of an Italian clothing designer of LaVigna Coats. She first began work at her father's factory until she passed the Civil Service Test and began work at the Pentagon during WWII. After the war she married Ronald, her life-long neighbor and moved with him to Tampa, where she worked for the US Attorney until retirement. She designed and sewed all her and her daughter's clothing, winning first prize at the county fair each year. Even at the age of 75, she could do a jack-knife off the dock into Mill pond. She was also a renowned cook. She is survived by her two sons, Steven & wife Darlene, Victor & wife Sharon; one daughter, Bonnie Appel Goff & husband Richard; eight grandchildren, including Emily Goff-Dunaway and Rachel Goff and five great grandchildren. From a family of nine children, Dorothy is also survived by her sister Virginia Bradbury and two brothers Richard & Theodore LaVigna. Dorothy's sweet wit will be missed at the Marianna Convalescent Center where she resided her last four years and she will be missed by all who knew her as well.
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Published in The Jackson County Floridan on November 23, 2011