William J. Apfel

December 2, 1942 - January 27, 2019

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Obituaries » William J. Apfel

William John Apfel, 76, died on January 27, 2019. Born December 2, 1942, in Alba, MI, he was the son of John and Geraldine (VanSice) Apfel. He married his college sweetheart, Claudia Grace Jackson, in March of 1965 in Detroit. They celebrated their 53rd Anniversary in 2018. Bill attended Bellaire Public Schools. Following college, he and Claudia started a family, and Bill worked in his family’s commercial construction company, Chain of Lakes Construction. He was called into the ministry in 1975. Faith Tech Bible College with his wife and family. He graduated with a degree in Bible and Theology. Bill faithfully served four parishes as a pastor. His final parish was New Life Worship Center in Barre, for 26 years. Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Claudia Grace Apfel (nee Jackson); his children Jeffrey Alan Apfel and wife Bridgett, John Apfel, Debby Gallo and husband Rudy; along with six grandsons; step-granddaughter; and two foster children, whom he loved like his own, Dennis Clark and Zecor Margolin Berger. Bill is also survived by two sisters Linda Lou Dean, of Bellaire, MI, and Patricia Ann Melde, of Scottsdale, AZ. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews; a daughter-in-love, Karen Laprade, and a son-in-love, John Krupa.

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