About Judy Appel

Judy retired from the joy-filled rigors of teaching elementary school-age children in 1997.  Her plan was to develop a more sedate new career as a writer.  Along the way she authored a newspaper column “A Teacher’s Insight” as well as collaborating with her father in a four year long project of memoir writing. The touching experience of carefree interaction during the “farewell” period of a dear father’s life became an inspiration for Judy.  She began serious investigation into the topic of aging.  February 2006 her husband, Ray, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. A month later her father passed away.  These life changing realities intensified Judy’s quest for better understanding of the enigmas of aging.  Serendipitously life time friends Mary Huntley and Ginge Klenk came to visit in celebration of their retirement in 2002.  The Amazing Attributes of Aging: Silly and Sacred Stories of Blue Garter Friends project began during that visit.  Now seven years later Judy looks back with pride upon the personal odyssey that she partnered with Mary Huntley.   Searching Mary’s lovingly cataloged archives of friendship, attending reunions, along with intimate conversations with childhood friends as their life stories were recalled, brought a new venue for satisfying personal commitment.  Only with devoted friends could a project like this come to completion.   Nancy Tsuchiya’s “Writing Your Life Stories” class and its strong community of Hoover Room memoir writing pals brought a wealth of inspiration and validation as Judy wove her life experiences and research into this manuscript.  

Judy Appel, MS
11277 Neal Ave. N.
Stillwater, MN 55082
Email: imaappeltwo@yahoo.com
  •  Mankato State College, Mankato, MN, B.S. Elementary Education
  • Master’s degree in Reading and Gifted Education Bemidji State University, Minnesota
  • Teacher in School District 834, 1978-1997, (both classroom and gifted resource specialist)
  • Winona State University Adjunct, supervising student teachers 1998-2001
  • Community volunteer at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Historic Washington County Court House. Stillwater, MN
  • Published articles in “MEA Advocate” and “Mankato State University Statement”
  • Served on the Advisory Board for the Minnesota Historical Society’s Northern Lights textbook.
  • Program Consultant for the Nystrom Publishing Co., Hands-on Geography Minnesota State Studies.
  • Published “Teacher Insight” a newspaper column in the Stillwater Gazette 1997-2001.
  • Compiled “Stories with Dad, One Hundred years of Strand Family History” 2000-2003
  • Married for fifty-one years to Ray Appel, retired physics, meteorology, astronomy instructor at Lakewood Community College, now Century College
  • Parent of four grown children; grandparent of four


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