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#2013659 - 01/12/13 09:07 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
lilylady Offline
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"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

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#2013684 - 01/12/13 10:01 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
Strings & Wood Offline

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Registered: 05/22/08
Posts: 1840
Loc: USA
From lilylady's link, I see there is a college memorial fund set up for her children. I will pay my respects with an offering. Please consider your ability to do so as well.


Memorial Contributions

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Stevermer Children College Fund, 10901 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS 66203.

#2013708 - 01/12/13 10:59 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
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It has been my honor and pleasure to know Apple, and my delight and privilege to have met her at piano/forum parties and visited her in Kansas.

In memory of Apple:

Lyrics [translation] :

Requiem æternam dona eis [ Eternal rest grant unto them ]

lux perpetua luceat eis [ let perpetual light shine upon them ]
beloved mom, friend, and teacher, and wife and sister too
õun taevasse ülendatud [ apple ascended ]
Te amamus; requiescat in pace [we love you; rest in peace]

PDF manuscript: http://www.coffee-room.com/Te-Amamus-Requiescat-In-Pace.pdf
www.PianoRecital.org -- my piano recordings

#2013728 - 01/13/13 12:01 AM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
packa Offline
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Like so many others who didn't know her personally, I admired Apple through her posts here. She was the best of what this online community can be. My condolences to her family and friends.
Paul Buchanan
Estonia L168 #1718

#2013742 - 01/13/13 12:49 AM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: Mark_C]
BenPiano Offline
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Registered: 11/23/09
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Loc: US
Originally Posted By: Mark_C
Last post: ......

Originally Posted By: apple*
that is too cute

thanks, Mark smile

Learning to play since June 2009.
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#2013775 - 01/13/13 04:21 AM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
stores Offline
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Loc: Here, as opposed to there
Rest in peace, apple.

I will, certainly, keep the apple family in my thoughts and prayers.

"And if we look at the works of J.S. Bach — a benevolent god to which all musicians should offer a prayer to defend themselves against mediocrity... -Debussy

"It's ok if you disagree with me. I can't force you to be right."

♪ ≠ $

#2013882 - 01/13/13 11:24 AM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: stores]
Dave Ferris Offline
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Registered: 03/12/07
Posts: 1761
Loc: Glendale, Ca.
Very shocking and sad news. She seemed like just a genuinely kind and caring person who loved music and the piano. There was never a hint of any meanness or bitterness in her posts. This world could use a few hundred million more Apples....it would be a better place.

My deepest sympathies to her family and her many friends here on PW . I'm so very sorry to hear of this. frown

2005 NY Steinway D | Yamaha CP4 | CP5

#2013891 - 01/13/13 11:45 AM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
Pogorelich. Offline
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Registered: 12/28/08
Posts: 4644
Loc: not somewhere over the rainbow

"The eyes can mislead, the smile can lie, but the shoes always tell the truth."

#2013892 - 01/13/13 11:48 AM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
RachFan Offline
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Registered: 02/02/03
Posts: 1360
Loc: Maine, U.S.
I am terribly saddened to learn of Apple's passing. She was always a wonderful presence here at Piano World. Her love of music and piano performance was such an important part of her life which inspired others, myself included. I'll miss her friendship, kindness and optimism. Apple will be unforgettable. My sincere condolences go out to her loving family and friends.


#2013927 - 01/13/13 01:05 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
Piano World Offline

Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 5835
Loc: Parsonsfield, ME (orig. Nahant...
I contacted Indrek Laul (owner of Estonia Piano Company) about Apple/Mary, his reply is below...

"Oh, what terrible news here and today on the PW. She is so sweet, kind, intelligent. Why is someone's life candle, while burning so deeply, able to light candles around her, yet taken from us so early? My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones, and to all PW members.

May I ask you to post it? Thank you. Oh, what terrible news.

#2013981 - 01/13/13 04:00 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
ando Online   content
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Registered: 11/23/10
Posts: 4377
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
I'm just curious about Mary's adoption of the name "Apple". Does anybody know how she became known as Apple and whether there is a story behind that?

#2013985 - 01/13/13 04:05 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
Les Koltvedt Offline
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Registered: 04/13/05
Posts: 3198
Loc: Canton, MI
I'm so sorry, we will miss you Apple....
Les Koltvedt
LK Piano
Servicing the S. Eastern Michigan Area
PTG Associate

#2013986 - 01/13/13 04:05 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: ando]
Tim Adrianson Offline
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Registered: 08/07/10
Posts: 1315
Actually, THAT -- and also the Estonian connection -- I realize that she bought an Estonia piano, but I also got the impression that she was Estonian herself -- only because she had the word fot "apple" in Estonian as part of all her responses.

#2013995 - 01/13/13 04:31 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
Little_Blue_Engine Offline
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Registered: 03/30/09
Posts: 1258
Loc: Ohio, US
I'll figure it out eventually.
Until then you may want to keep a safe distance.

#2014017 - 01/13/13 05:30 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
EdwardianPiano Offline
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Registered: 07/29/11
Posts: 788
Loc: Rainy England
I have never posted on the pianists forum being only an adult beginner so didn't see any of Mary's posts. Sad news, Condolences to her family and friends.

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven.

#2014040 - 01/13/13 06:39 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: ando]
Piano Again Offline
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Registered: 08/12/04
Posts: 1173
Loc: Washington metro
Apple was the name of one of the family's dogs.

She was so happy with her Estonia that she added the word for "apple" in Estonian to her sig.
Recovering cellist, amateur pianist.

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#2014054 - 01/13/13 07:13 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
markjpcs Offline

Registered: 08/31/04
Posts: 3170
Loc: Wisconsin
Dearest Mary,

Rest in Peace gentle soul. You opened your family home to me and my family and we were fortunate to have your family stay with us for a few days. During those visits you and your family became my family.

I am saddened deeply by your passing but I know you live on in all you touched in this world.

I will see you again someday. Of that I am sure.

We are all blessed to know you.



p.s. I will continue with the Goldbergs. wink
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#2014067 - 01/13/13 07:44 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
BlueBKLYN Offline
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Registered: 01/02/10
Posts: 40
Loc: NYC
Rest in peace, Apple. Thank you for your contributions to the community and the friendship you shared with so many. Your legacy will live on in many many ways.

Prayers of comfort to your family...

#2014149 - 01/13/13 11:13 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
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Registered: 04/18/08
Posts: 1475
Loc: Lower Mainland, BC
My thoughts and prayers go out to Apple's family. She will be missed by many.
Recordings of my recent solo piano and piano/keyboard trio jazz standards.

#2014255 - 01/14/13 06:32 AM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
Daffodil Offline
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Registered: 05/09/07
Posts: 168
Loc: In a big country
I'm so sorry to read that Apple has passed away.
Daffodil - Onslow's twin.
Hailun 178

#2014258 - 01/14/13 06:38 AM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
izaldu Offline
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Registered: 09/18/08
Posts: 1275
So very sad news. Rest in peace, friend.

#2014515 - 01/14/13 03:43 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
lilylady Offline
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Registered: 03/17/05
Posts: 4983
Loc: boston north
Mary's Music Memorial Tues morning - virtual online.

I thought this might be a way of our being closer during Mary's Memorial Service. It would be powerful if many of us could be listening at the same time. Or at any time during the day, Tues.

With respect:

In lieu of the ability of most of us to attend Mary's service live, perhaps we can do a service online... Virtual is how many of us knew and loved her. That way we, as her online family, can partake. Together.

I do believe that her timezone is one hour different from ours on the east coast and you probably know your time difference. Her service is at 10 am Tues.

Music In Memorial:

Some music could be her beloved Bach.

One that Trucker - Big John shared on her FB page. Bach with Virgil Fox † 'Come Sweet Death' † Wanamaker Organ.


And another Bach shared by Jim / Palindrome. JSB signed it 'Glory to God' ( Soli Deo Gloria )
J.S. Bach - Mass B minor BWV 232 - Agnus Dei / Dona nobis pacem


One of Mary's Favorites
Sibelius (from Finlandia) 'Be Still My Soul'


then, Te Amamus; Requiescat In Pace written in her honor by Axtremus


and Rich Galassini's impromptu contribution, 'Under the Shadow of Your Wings I Will Find a Resting Place'


Then to celebrate her life we could listen to Mary's recordings:

Pacabel's 'Fantasia'


from Bach's Goldberg Variations


"Comptine d'un autre été, l'après-midi"


You will always be a part of us, Mary.
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything."

#2014668 - 01/14/13 10:29 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
Sherdil Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/09/12
Posts: 13
Very sad to hear about Apple! I am only new to PW but reading other peoples thoughts here gives me the impression that she was very loving, generous and inspiring person. My heart and thoughts go out to Apple's near and dear ones.

May God give her eternal rest and may her soul rest in peace.

#2014676 - 01/14/13 10:54 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
opus119 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 316
My heart is heavy with sadness for Mary's family and for our pianoworld family as well. I don't post on here much...I leave it to others who have something to say. But I always have enjoyed her posts and cheerful, positive outlook. What a beautiful person!

This is my favorite...

The entire Brahms Requiem is on here. Beautiful and fitting for her spirit. Mary, rest in peace.

#2015008 - 01/15/13 04:10 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
divadeb Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 677
Hello all,

Haven't been in here in years, but the passing of my friend Mary seems a right time to drop in and say hello to old friends. Mary and I don't live too far apart. We've been together several times over the years...met for concerts and recitals, taken our kids to the cider mill, and visited at each other's homes. I attended Mary's visitation last evening. It was very well attended and lovely. It was so good to see Mr and Mrs MarkJ in attendance as well, as I met them at Mary's house. Mary's family are looking strong and very good, which was very encouraging to me. I direct musicals at the high school in that area and many of 'my kids' were in attendance last night as well. That support for Mary's kids was really good to see also.

I will miss her.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig.


#2015311 - 01/16/13 07:20 AM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
pianovirus Offline
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Registered: 04/24/07
Posts: 957
Loc: Basel, Switzerland
I am shocked to read these sad news. I have never met Apple in person, but have been enjoying to read her many contributions to this forum ever since I joined PW. My sincere condolences to Apple's family, and Rest in peace, Apple!

#2015528 - 01/16/13 02:47 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
aidans Offline
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Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 141
I'm so sorry to read this news. frown While I'm pretty sure she had little idea who I am (I rarely post), I feel like I've gotten to know her from her invariably warm, insightful, and helpful contributions to this forum. She made the world a better place.

#2015543 - 01/16/13 03:05 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
Johan B Offline
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Loc: The Netherlands, Grootegast-Gr...
Originally Posted By: lilylady

Then to celebrate her life we could listen to Mary's recordings:

Pacabel's 'Fantasia'



After reading this and viewing the video......I played this Fantasia several times during these days..........thinking of Apple.....

Every time I play this Fantasia in future I will think of her......it will be impossible to play it without thinking of her after seeing this video.

Lilylady, thanks for posting this link.

We, pwf-members, will miss Apple and her warm posts. Mary........RIP

Johan B

Edited by Johan B (01/16/13 03:06 PM)
Yamaha clp320PE(sold) Kawai CA95SB

My two mottos:
'Music is a way of living' & 'Nil volentibus arduum'

#2015562 - 01/16/13 03:25 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: lilylady]
AJB Offline
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Registered: 10/01/05
Posts: 3655
Loc: Surrey, England
Extremely sad news. Apple / Mary and I corresponded when I first joined PW years ago and she was a great source of advice. It is fate that today I revisited PW after avoiding it for a while and saw this. She was a great PW contributor.

S&S Hamburg D, Yamaha CLP 280

#2015710 - 01/16/13 06:53 PM Re: Our Friend *Apple* [Re: AJB]
Newman Offline
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Registered: 04/27/11
Posts: 708
Loc: Australia
So sad. Apple's was one of the first identities which became recognisable to me on PW. My condolences to her family and friends.
Guitar since 1966. Piano (Kawai DP80) since 2011.

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