July 7, 1937 - August 29, 2013

'At 12:21 AM, August 29, my wonderful wife gave up her courageous battle with CADASIL an inherited, rare, vascular disease and passed into another dimension. It was a quiet and painless passing. All her life she had fought this rare disease but the serious battle began in 2012 and it finally took her life almost a year later. Throughout all that time Penny portrayed an almost spiritual quality that I admired and served as a model on how to face the transition to another world. We were lucky to spend almost 54 years together - and we loved and appreciated each other. I would like for it to have been longer. She was my soul mate, lover and best friend. I will miss her terribly.' Wayne Appleman

Penny was born in Detroit, Michigan and and passed away in Rocklin, California. She was reared in Birmingham, Michigan until she entered Ohio Wesleyan University where she received a B.A. degree in 1959. Her work career included full time teaching of Latin and English at the junior high level in Columbus, Ohio followed by part time work as a Teacher Associate at the elementary level in St. Louis and Sacramento. She loved teaching and the children she helped.

Penny married Wayne in 1959, also a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2009. They reared two sons, Todd and Scott. Both sons graduated from California universities. She is also survived by her brother, Lee, of Lubbock, Texas. Penny loved her family and they were always foremost in her life.

While Penny devoted much of her time to her family, she was also involved in other activities. She made friends easily. She was an active volunteer for eight years with the American Cancer Society where she visited and supported women with breast cancer. She too was a survivor of this disease. She was a Deacon at Faith Presbyterian Church in Sacramento and more recently a member of Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Loomis.

She was active in the Delta Gamma Sorority supporting the local chapter at CSUS as well as the national sorority's charitable interests. She received the sorority's Camellia Award in 2000 for her lifetime of service. In retirement with Wayne she toured Europe, the British Isles, Canada and nearly 50 states. The couple has lived for many years in Sun City Roseville where they had a happy and active life.

A musical memorial service will be held in her honor at Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Loomis on October 5 at 3:00. Friends who wish to make a donation in Penny's name are encouraged to donate to CADASILFOUNDATION.org.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 29, 2013