Services for Hilda Cecelia Appleton, 93, of Nevada, were held at 11 a.m., Friday, December 23, 2011 at Bienhoff Funeral Home, Laddonia, with Father Russell Judge officiating. Burial was in the Laddonia Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Appleton passed away at 5:20 p.m. December 19, 2011 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
She was born May 8, 1918 in Libourne, the daughter of Alvah N. and Clara Margaret Mentel Schlemmer.
She was married to Dr. Wayne Leroy Appleton on August 1, 1943 in Jacksonville, Ill. and he preceded her in death June 1, 1995.
Survivors include one sister-in-law, Eris Dell Schlemmer of Laddonia and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Howard, Steve, Raymond and C.C. Schlemmer; and two sisters, Helen Randolph and Della Morey.
Mrs. Appleton worked as a telephone operator in Jacksonville, Ill. When she married she assisted as her husband’s secretary in his veterinary business in Ashland, Ill. from 1943 to 1963. Then they moved to Murrayville, Ill. and opened a large hog operation which she oversaw. In August of 1979 they moved to Missouri and she assisted her husband in their farming operation until they retired in May 1995. Hilda was a member of the Libourne Catholic Church. She enjoyed watching TV, reading, working with flowers, and spending time with family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Laddonia Cemetery Association, in care of John Schlemmer, 4753 Audrain Road 489, Laddonia, Mo. 63352 or Moore-Few Care Center, 901 S. Adams, Nevada, Mo. 64772.
Pallbearers were Frances Schlemmer, Bob Schlemmer, John Schlemmer, Pat Schlemmer, Rich O’Connor, and Scott Sims.
Online condolences may be made at www.bienhofffuneralhome.com.