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Wilhelmina L. "Billie" Applegate – Obituary

Name: Wilhelmina L. "Billie" Applegate

Age: 89

Born: 04-05-1928

Died: 03-04-2018

St. Mary's Cathedral (Lower Church), St. Cloud

St. Mary's Cathedral (Lower Church), St. Cloud

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at St. Mary’s Cathedral lower church in St. Cloud for Wilhelmina L. “Billie” Applegate, age 89, of Sauk Rapids.  Billie passed away peacefully on March 4, 2018 at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family.  Reverend Scott Pogatchnik will officiate.  Entombment will take place in the Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum in St. Cloud.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Wilhelmina “Billie” was born April 5, 1928 in St Cloud, MN to Gregor and Lena (Kriegel) Dirschel.  She married James D. “Jim” Applegate on June 12, 1946, in Fall River, MA.   She was a homemaker for most of her life and enjoyed the time she worked for Zayre’s.  She was Jim’s caregiver for many, many years but never complained. She enjoyed collecting and collecting, from beer glasses, bells, spoons and of course, Elvis memorabilia, etc...  She loved garage sales, flea markets and little town antique shops. She and Jim loved camping and traveling with friends throughout the U.S. and Germany. 
Billie is survived by her children David (Pamela), Barbara (Paul) Lenzen, Kathleen “Casey” (Kevin) Kennedy, all of St Cloud, Patrick (Nancy) of Waite Park, Nancy Applegate-Nakhleh of Falls Church, VA; sister Ginger (Ernie) Ahlers of Sartell and brother Gary (Shirley) Dirschel of Waite Park; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jim Oct 21, 2011; infant daughter Barbara Ann; son Michael, March 12, 2017; brother Jerome Dirschel; and sister Mona Saatzer.
The Applegate family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all of Billie’s caregivers over the last 7 years at Ridgeview Assisted Living and St Cloud Hospital.
Memorials are preferred.

Guestbook for Wilhelmina L. "Billie" Applegate

Julia Bell
, know Billie's daughter, Nancy
March 8, 2019, 8:53 pm
Billie had a gift for needlework. What a gorgeous Quilt she designed and stitched for her daughter Nancys wedding gift! A lasting family treasure. the Quilt was representative of the love and caring that Billie spread in abundance among family and friends.
Bob Feiler
, Friend
March 8, 2018, 12:11 pm
So sorry for the great loss to the Applegate clan. So many great memories camping at Pelican Lake. I know Bob and Lil will be warmed to see Jim and Billie together again.
Bruce Schindler
, Friend of Daughter
March 6, 2018, 6:13 pm
So sorry for your loss Barb.....she sounds like she was a heck of a woman...may she Rest In Peace.
Timothy Stier
, Friend of Family
March 6, 2018, 2:27 pm
Billie, thanks so much for putting up with that very loud teen-age musical group (son David, Keith, John, Pat, & me) over several years in your family home basement! None of the other parents exercised the level of tolerance that you & Jim did.
Gloria Lenzen
, Friend
March 6, 2018, 5:44 am
Billie Im having a glass of wine along with your daughter, Barb. A toast to a wonderful, witty, woman that always made me laugh. Youll really be missed. Your children and family were so very blessed to have you in their lives, and we were as well. I believe that Jim was right there with you yesterday, holding your hand as God called you home. Rest In Peace Beautiful, Gentle Woman.
Barbara Lenzen
, Daughter
March 5, 2018, 9:48 pm
Mom I am having a glass of wine and remembering all the great times and talks we have had over the last years. Many laughs and tears and great stories with the popcorn.

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