Jean M. Appelman

Jean M. Appelman went to be with the Lord March 9, 2023, peacefully, with family by her side.
Jean was born on July 21, 1935, to Noice and Irene (Calkins) Bartholomew in Charlotte. She graduated from Vermontville High School in 1953. After graduation she married Raymond Hickey. She became a homemaker and together she and Raymond raised their children. In 1983 Jean married Michael Appelman.
Jean worked at the International Seal & Lock in Hastings, Barry County Medical Care Facility, Barry Eaton District Health Department and Nashville Locker.
Mike and Jean loved to travel, going to Australia, New Zealand, England, Alaska, Hawaii, Jamaica, Texas and Mexico and spent many winters in Florida where she loved to shop garage sales, play cards and hang out with friends. Cross stitching and putting puzzles together were also favorite pastimes for Jean.
She is survived by her children, Deb (Jerry) Kemp, Don (Karen) Hickey, Sue (David) Fassett-Musser, Carol (Dale) Simon, and Jamie (Mark) Hess; sister-in-law Betty Appelman; and special nieces Melinda Appelman and Diana Bennett. Jean is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.
Jean was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Michael; son, Patrick Appelman; brothers, Dale (Bev) Bartholomew, Lloyd (Kate) Bartholomew, Carl (Betty) Bartholomew; and sister Ruth Ann.
Our family wishes to extend a special thank you to their wonderful caregiver Mary Ann Mead and Spectrum Hospital Hospice of Grand Rapids, who took excellent care of our parents.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Daniels Funeral Home – Nashville, conveniently located at 9200 East M-79 Highway, Nashville, MI. For further details please visit our website at