Marian L. Apel, 83, of 316 Strawberry Farm Rd., Knox, passed from this life to the next at 9:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 23, 2011, in the Clarview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Sligo.

                Born March 5, 1928, in Lewistown, she was the daughter of the late Theodore H. and Cora L. Warren Myers. Marian was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

                She was a homemaker. A long time member of Grace United Methodist Church in Oil City, Marian was a strong Christian. For many years she and her husband hosted Bible studies and sharing groups for young adults and young couples. Although she loved these fellowship times of sharing her love for the Lord, she willingly gave them up to spend the next 15 years traveling the country with her husband in their “home-on-wheels”, visiting family and friends along the way. Marian enjoyed flowers, gardening, family gatherings and traveling.

                On August 9, 1948, she married Edwin V. Apel, Sr. who survives. They recently celebrated 63 years of marriage.  Also surviving are 3 children: Edwin V. “Win” Apel, Jr. and wife Lorrie of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Dara L. Sterling and husband Jeff of Warren; Scott T. Apel and wife Linda of Knox; 8 grand-children: Chris (Debbie) Apel of Louisville, KY; Joshua (Angie) Apel of Fredericksburg, VA; Charity (Jason) Hansford of Knox; Dr. Edwin V. “Trey” Apel III (Jessica) of California; Dr. Peter Apel (Franny) of Winston-Salem, NC; Brian Apel of Seattle, WA; Shelah (Shawn) Woodruff of Tallahassee, FL; Evan Sterling of Warren; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

                In addition to her parents, Marian was preceded in death by an infant son Mark David Apel and 3 sisters; Dorothy Miller, Florence Best and Twila Cromer.

                A memorial service for Marian will be held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, September 3, 2011, at the Chapel on the Hill Church near Emlenton. The Reverend Jeff Sterling, Marian’s son-in-law, will officiate.

                In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be given to a charity of one’s choice or to Win Apel’s Brain Tumor Endowment at Wake Forest University (www.WinApel.com); follow the links to donate  online or by mail, or call 800-899-7128 to donate by phone.  Please note that the donation is “in Honor of Win Apel,” Marian's oldest son, even though you are donating because of Marian.

                 The David C. McEntire Funeral Home, Inc. 504 East Penn St., Knox, is in charge of arrangements.