Our Friend *Apple*

Posted by: lilylady

Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 09:44 AM

With permission from her brother, I am posting.

Apple has been bravely fighting cancer for a few years but we just heard that she is continuing to lose her strength and that it appears she will lose her battle soon. Hospice has been called.

Apple has shared so much of herself on PW, I thought her friends here would want to know. You can share well wishes here as I am sending this http to her brother.

Like no other that I know, Mary embraces life. Family first, artist, poet, pianist, organist, chef, friend. Loving music as she does, she shared getting her Estonia and has continued to post here since. Her favorite composer is Bach.

We met once, at a Piano Party in NYC when fellow member, Elena (part of Duo Scarbo) premiered at Carnegie Hall. PW folks partied all weekend! Mary talks like she writes, spirited, is always smiling, and has a twinkle in her eye.

Two years ago Mary, her husband and 3 children moved into a beautiful new home and there Mary started teaching. Below is a video that she made.

Let's celebrate her life!




We love you Apple!














Posted by: Piano World

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 09:51 AM

For those of you who didn't know Apple, she has been a warm friendly funny member of our forums for over ten years.

We never met in person, but I always counted her as a friend, and always hoped to meet one day.
In spite of all she has had to deal with, she was always the first to offer someone else help.

Apple, you have more friends than you even know, and more people who love you than you can count.
May your next journey be a peaceful one, and may there be an Estonia piano there waiting for you to play.
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 09:59 AM

I have never met Mary, but I've had the chance to a few personal exchanges with her here and I've got to say that she's one of the most positive persons... As Lilylady said, always smiling, always happy to help and to acknowledged others!

Let's celebrate her life as you say Lilylady!
Posted by: keystring

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 10:13 AM

What is the word for when at the same time you cry and are inspired; you want to celebrate the inner strength that dares to do, and does it well. Frank, I think you have said it best, for us.
Posted by: Numerian

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 10:21 AM

A wonderful woman and a great inspiration for all of us on the Forums. You always knew you had written something worthwhile when Apple chimed in with a response. This is very sad news that she is entering hospice. Her presence here will be very sorely missed.
Posted by: jodi

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 10:29 AM

Those pictures are wonderful. I am so sad. We love you, apple.
Posted by: Entheo

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 10:54 AM

i believe i met her at an estonia event at a chicago piano store. very sorry to hear, she has been a positive influence here.
Posted by: Justplay

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:06 AM

So sad to hear the news. I've read Apple's posts for years and she has always contributed quality information and opinion. Much light to you on your new journey Apple.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:15 AM

Life can be so freakin' unfair and sad at times. frown Apple* has been such a positive force on the forum. I hope she knows how much she has done for all of us and how grateful we are that she shared of herself with us.
Posted by: Cinnamonbear

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:21 AM

Here is one of the most enjoyable home recordings of all time:



Love you, Apple!
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:22 AM

I am so sad. I never met her in person but exchanged a few PMs with her. She's been a warm, positive and encouraging presence here in the piano world. I her, love for music and caring for others are one and same thing. I never knew she had her own health problems since she seems to be always caring for others - Students with disabilities etc. Apple, I love you.
Posted by: the nosy ape

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:30 AM

She has always been one of my favorite people here. I have never met her, which is my loss. I have had some private correspondence with her and she was always warm, cheerful, and generous. The world needs more people like her.
Posted by: carey

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:33 AM

Apple -

Thank you for enriching our lives through your participation in Piano World.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family !!!!
Posted by: landorrano

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:43 AM

That's so sad ...and it brings such a warm smile to think of Apple. I was just in my garden, a lovely winter evening, there are the first violettes, blue ones and white ones ...
Posted by: rada

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:48 AM

To Apple and her family,

I hope the thought of all you have inspired in your life through your music brings some peace to you. From reading everything here you know many have been touched by you.

rada
Posted by: malkin

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:58 AM

Apple, always so kind to everyone!
Posted by: piano joy

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 12:07 PM

Very admiring of such a positive attitude (I do not recall one unkind post from her) during such a difficult time in her life!

I hope Hospice will play her favorite music during her last hours...
Posted by: Minnesota Marty

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 12:07 PM

With dreadful news a flood of thoughts

Emotion filled color and sound

Songs of joy

Chants of sorrow

Bach must sing

From fingers now

Dear Apple

The sound of you
Posted by: Derulux

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 12:11 PM

I always enjoyed Apple's posts, playing, recordings, and zest for life. I know that Apple will go bravely forward. And if you do happen to read this, Apple, know that we are all praying for you.
Posted by: MaggieGirl

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 12:20 PM

Dear Apple,
I always smile when I read your posts. Your responses are always kind, warm and helpful. You also have a lovely sense of humor. Thank you so much for being such a warm, welcoming person. We are all blessed by your presence.
Posted by: Hakki

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 12:33 PM

So sad to hear.
My thoughts and prayers are with Apple and her family !
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 12:49 PM

Peace and best wishes to Apple. Like many others, I never knew about this. There was one time that I noticed her making a subtle reference that sounded like there might be some such issue, and I tried quietly to ask if she might say more but she chose not to. I didn't ask again but realized she might be fighting a heroic battle that she wished to keep private. Thanks to Apple for all her positivity and her great contributions to this site, and wishing that she is as much in peace as possible.
Posted by: BB Player

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 12:59 PM

Very sad news indeed. I've "known" Mary since shortly after joining the forum. She has always been unfailingly polite, positive and helpful. She deserves a peaceful ending surrounded by people who love her. I'm sure there are many.
Posted by: Horowitzian

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 01:20 PM

Needless to say really sad to hear this. My prayers are with her and her family.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 01:22 PM

Apple has been and forever will be, intertwined within the fabrics and threads of Piano World. I have always enjoyed reading her comments.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 01:27 PM

Apple was active when I first joined PW. I was sorry to hear about this.

Cathy
Posted by: Stubbie

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 01:28 PM

Ohhh! So sad--words fail.

I hope it is some consolation to those close to her that her time spent here at PW reflects a life well-lived through music.
Posted by: Piano*Dad

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 01:30 PM

Originally Posted By: Monica K.
Life can be so freakin' unfair and sad at times. frown Apple* has been such a positive force on the forum. I hope she knows how much she has done for all of us and how grateful we are that she shared of herself with us.


Indeed.

I never met Mary in the flesh, though we talked on three forums. I'm sure she knows that she has touched a lot of people.
Posted by: Silverwood Pianos

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 01:37 PM



There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

Shel Silverstein
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 01:58 PM

Very sad news, but what a joy to read all the loving posts from fellow members!
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 02:07 PM

So sad... frown We are all with you, apple*! We love you!
Posted by: Euphonatrix

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 02:14 PM

Thank you, Apple.
You have touched a lot of lives here and shared so much so generously - you'll always be with us.
May love, peace and music be with you.
Posted by: Monica K.

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 02:21 PM

Originally Posted By: piano joy
(I do not recall one unkind post from her)


That's worth repeating... especially when you consider that, with 19,861 posts, apple* holds the distinction of being the PW member with the greatest number of posts! wow
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 02:32 PM

Even after throwing out the high and low score, the only scores left are still all high! What a unique and wonderful person Apple is who went out of her way to bring happiness and friendship to everyone she touched.

Thank you Apple for just being you.
Posted by: gooddog

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 02:34 PM

Very sad news. Deep peace to you Apple.
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 02:44 PM

Very sad news, she is one of my favorite people on the forum. She and her family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: piqué

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 02:48 PM

apple,

you and i go way back. i feel as if we have actually met and have spent a lot of time together.

you are leaving a beautiful legacy--your beautiful children, your community and family at home that love you, and the community you helped to build here online.

you are irreplaceable and you will be missed terribly by all.

wishing for you peace and love and music as you leave us, sweet poet.
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 03:56 PM

I think this photo (which she indicates as her website) is worth remembering because it is so beautiful:

Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 04:18 PM

It is quite amazing how you can feel connected to people you've never met in person, value and esteem them, appreciate them, and grieve for them.

Apple, you made a wonderful contribution here, you will be missed indeed.

I pray that your heart and mind are at peace, and for the consolation of your loved ones.
Posted by: JimF

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 04:42 PM

So Sad. Apple's enthusiasm for her Estonia helped lead me to my wonderful piano. Thank you for all your contributions and wonderful attitude, Apple. We will miss you.
Posted by: David Burton

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 04:43 PM

Originally Posted By: casinitaly
It is quite amazing how you can feel connected to people you've never met in person, value and esteem them, appreciate them, and grieve for them.

Apple, you made a wonderful contribution here, you will be missed indeed.

I pray that your heart and mind are at peace, and for the consolation of your loved ones.


(I'll just add, since this was said so well, that somehow, somewhere, in a better, kinder world, sometime in the future, where we sincerely hope there will be pianos and music, that we will meet in person. In essence, Apple was one person on here I always felt that I knew and perhaps she knew me too.)
Posted by: wouter79

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 04:50 PM

Sorry to hear this... Best wishes Apple!
Posted by: AimeeO

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 05:10 PM

While I've never interacted with Apple personally, I always look forward to and enjoy her posts when lurking in Pianists Corner. Apple, best wishes to you, and I am thinking of you and your loved ones.
Aimee O
Posted by: JeanieA

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 05:38 PM

Words fail.

Apple, peace to you and your family. Your kindness and grace will continue to be an inspiration to all you have touched.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 05:39 PM

This must have been a very happy day! Mary hugging Indrek Laul, owner of Estonia Pianos. (She owns an Estonia)



Posted by: BeccaBb

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 05:44 PM

Apple:

Thank you for the gift you have shared with us all: you. I know I have read your posts with much interest and have always gotten great ideas from them and huge smiles. smile

You will be missed. May your next journey be filled with the love and laughter you gifted all of us with.
Posted by: -Frycek

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 05:57 PM

Go gently and good luck on your next great adventure, Mary.
(Never having met you in person is one of the regrets of my life.)
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 05:57 PM

Apple: You are a bright shining light and the epitome of grace and kindness. I always smile when I read your signature "love and peace, Õun (apple in Estonian)". May you be surrounded by love and filled with peace.
Posted by: Recaredo

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 06:40 PM

This is so sad. I also enjoyed her graceful and helpful posts, she is that kind of person who makes this world has no borders.

My best wishes to you Apple.
Posted by: Mark...

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 07:13 PM

God Speed Apple...
Posted by: Ted

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 07:25 PM

I live on the other side of the world and my approach to music is poles apart from hers, but she once took a great deal of trouble to help me in an exchange of messages about a technical issue - a remarkably generous and broadminded soul. I am very saddened.
Posted by: jdw

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 07:27 PM

I join others in appreciation of Apple, and also want to thank Lilylady for posting this thread.
Posted by: currawong

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 07:33 PM

So sad, but thankful that I was able to know her here. What a kind, funny and encouraging person.

Love and peace to you, apple*
Posted by: Emanuel Ravelli

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 07:34 PM

Thanks for posting this wonderful video of Mary playing the Aria from the Goldberg. It's like a gentle kiss goodbye from one of the shining lights of this forum. You'll be missed, Apple.
Posted by: Jamie

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 07:59 PM

So sad. A kindred spirit for the many years I spent on the old forums. One of those people I wish I had met, and swapped choir keyboard notes! I wish you peace, sweetheart, and may we finally jam at that great piano party in the great beyond. Love!
Jamie
Posted by: Ralph

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 08:18 PM

I've been reading her posts for ten years and
feel as if I know her somehow. I'm at a loss for words. Prays sent.
Posted by: BeeLady

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 08:32 PM

LilyLady's pic has to be my all time favorite picture of Mary.

I count myself oh so lucky that I was able to meet her in person AND hear her play.

Posted by: Piano World

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 09:16 PM

Originally Posted By: BeeLady
LilyLady's pic has to be my all time favorite picture of Mary.

I count myself oh so lucky that I was able to meet her in person AND hear her play.



For sure BeeLady.

I so wish I'd had the chance to meet her in person.

But I am very thankful that in a small way I was able to provide a forum for her to reach so many people who were/are so glad to have known her.
Posted by: kathyk

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 09:25 PM

What a testament to Apple to see so many old posters here among the newer who have been touched by Apple's touch.

I'm going to miss her very much and I'm clearly not alone. :-(

Posted by: guest1013

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 09:29 PM

My word! I have been away for a couple of years from posting, though sometimes reading. I have always enjoyed Apple's posts, especially her accompanist stories. As so many others have said, she seemed like a friend, always caring and seeing humor in life. I feel blessed to have known her here in the forums.
Posted by: custard apple

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 09:50 PM

Dear Apple
I just saw the pink ribbon on my front page. Although we've never crossed paths or many posts, I am sure the forum was all the richer for your contribution.
I'm glad you've got so much loving support.
Posted by: emilypianist89

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 09:55 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with Apple and her family!
Posted by: malkin

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 09:56 PM

We will remember our friend Apple forever and we will be better for having known her.
Thanks for sharing yourself with all of us.

Bon Voyage!
Posted by: DameMyra

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 10:04 PM

Peace and love to you, dear sweet Apple and to your family and friends. You have touched so many people, perhaps more than you will ever know. I will forever think of you whenever I hear the Aria from the Goldbergs.
Posted by: Kreisler

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 10:22 PM

Add my voice to the choir. Apple represented the best of what we have here in this community and will be greatly missed and celebrated.

-J
Posted by: BruceD

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 10:40 PM

"And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Posted by: RealPlayer

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 10:59 PM

Apple,

I feel so fortunate that I had the opportunity to visit with you here in NY at that piano party. I really value all your contributions here and at WTF over the years (on many subjects, not just music). I don't have the right words, but please know that we all love you and hold you in our hearts.
Posted by: Palindrome

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/11/13 11:45 PM

Apple,

I am so sorry to hear this. You'll probably remember that we met twice, once at the Chicago Estonia meeting, and once when you generously opened your house in KC for the PianoWorld group to hear Brendan play. I came across a quotation just yesterday:

We're all dying fires. The question is, how will you burn?*

You've been a light of reason, good information, and sound advice for us on the forums, and we all regard you with fondness and respect. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family in this part of your journey.

Jim

*(Attributed by author John Vorhaus to his mother.)
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 12:23 AM

I feel like I'm losing a part of my family
I haven't cried this much since I lost my brother.

I wish we could keep you here forever Apple.
Wait, we will keep you here among us forever. In the thousands of posts you shared with us, in the way you
showed us how to enjoy life, in the way you showed us how to never give up, and how to love life.

Your legacy will out last all of us.

Know that you are much loved, and although you will be much missed, you will be remembered always.
Posted by: ando

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 12:26 AM

I'll never forget Apple's delight at finally getting her Estonia piano, and the thought she put into naming it. The delight was so pure it was like a kid at Christmas. That memory will always stick with me because I have waited a long time to have my perfect piano like Apple had to. Her experience inspired me not to lose hope.

Aside from that, she is one of those rare people who doesn't get involved in narky disputes and just focussed on the joyful and positive aspects of the forum. A very admirable lady.
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 12:31 AM

You rarely come across such sincerely kind and good-hearted people in life, let alone on the internet. She has my prayers.
Posted by: AldenH

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 12:56 AM

Apple,

Your words always exuded peace and warmth. Your centering prescence will be sorely missed. Would that all in this world were so joyful.
Posted by: wr

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 01:24 AM

What everyone is saying - a remarkable and warm person, whose uplifting presence will be missed here at PW.

Peace to you, and to your family.
Posted by: Opus_Maximus

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 02:35 AM

You will be missed, thank you for your contributions and ever warm spirit.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 05:36 AM

I have never met Apple in person. We came close so many times... but I am honored to call her a friend, along with countless others whose lives she has touched.

A few years back Dr. Laul and I had offered to get her a hotel and fly her into Philadelphia when he was playing a concert here. Although she considered coming, she did not feel up to it. Indrek and I took this picture right before he played:



Apple, we still miss you!

With love,
Posted by: CarlosCC

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 07:24 AM

Very sad news... This community is poorer...
Thanks for spreading your love for music.
Posted by: Bob Newbie

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 07:31 AM

very sad indeed.. frown apple always offered kind helpful words in her posts...
Posted by: griffin2417

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 07:53 AM


I'm so sorry Apple. We didn't know each other, yet I often read some of your postings. Peace to you and your loved ones.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 08:26 AM

she left this world at 6:15 this morning

rest in peace, sweet mary...




mary bryde stevermer
Posted by: Gerard12

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 08:42 AM

...so sad to hear of her passing: Yes, rest in peace.
Posted by: FarmGirl

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 08:52 AM

Mary, our dear Apple, rest in peace.
Posted by: casinitaly

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 09:34 AM

Rest in peace, Apple, in the arms of angels, enjoying celestial music.

My heartfelt condolences to Apple's family and loved ones.
Posted by: Rich Galassini

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 09:47 AM

Damn it!

Missing you already Apple.
Posted by: Dr Popper

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 10:06 AM

Very sad to hear of her passing her kind words on these forums will be remembered by many for a long time. May she rest in peace.
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 10:07 AM

I am terribly sadden by this news, but find a smidgen of comfort from the knowledge, that her time in the hospice was short.

One of Apple's post that moved me the most, was the one below. It took me awhile to find Apple's post, but I remember it well.

Quote:
Hay Alex,

I just want you to know how important this link has been to me lately. this is the only song i know 'by heart' so it's the only thing i play for people when i'm away from my music. I have NEVER had such a positive reaction to a piece of music. Everyone loves it. So thanks for sharing it a while back.




Rest In Peace, Apple.

Apple's Post
Posted by: apple*

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 10:10 AM

I'm very sad to inform anyone and everyone who of knew my mother or knew of her, that she passed away this morning. We will never get to hear play the piano beautifully here anymore but we will when we are up there with her. Thank you for being there for her and helping her with anything there is to help with. She were so accepting of everyone, no matter the difference of them from her. You all are amazing. She loved you all as I know that you all loved her. She will see us all soon.
-apple's family
Posted by: Hugh Sung

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 10:17 AM

I'm heartbroken to hear of Apple's passing - what a dear, sweet person! I will always treasure the wonderful evening I spent with her and her beautiful family, the fabulous meal they cooked, her vibrant paintings, and the enchanting time we spent around her gorgeous piano, sharing our common love of music. Here is a picture she generously shared with me a few months ago, taken in front of her piano:


Rest in Peace, Apple. You will be sorely missed.
Posted by: jotur

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 10:58 AM

I am so sorry. Condolences to her family. She will be missed by so many.

Cathy
Posted by: jazzwee

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 11:09 AM

Apple was an amazing contributor on PW. Always positive. Always friendly. We are measured by the lives we've touched and after 16000+ posts she definitely touched many. I will miss her greatly.
Posted by: cefinow

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 11:13 AM

Not even knowing she painted, I often thought that her comments were like bright primary color accents against a sometimes monochromatic background of opinions... she was painting from a palette all her own.

Many thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Posted by: suniil

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 11:22 AM

A great contributor in our community. Always tried to give feedback and very supportive! We miss you
Posted by: Damon

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 11:23 AM

Rest in peace, Apple.

As jazzwee said, always positive. I don't think I've ever read anything snarky or unkind from Mary here on PW. She will obviously be very missed.
Posted by: pianoloverus

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 11:25 AM

Wishing you peace and love, Apple.
Posted by: piqué

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 01:50 PM

deepest condolences to apple's family, especially her three dear children who she shared with us over the years. we love you and hold you in our hearts.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 02:01 PM

Very sad. Apple will be missed greatly. Thanks so much to Apple's family for taking a moment for the beautiful but sad post.

How true this is from cefinow -- very well said:

Originally Posted By: cefinow
Not even knowing she painted, I often thought that her comments were like bright primary color accents against a sometimes monochromatic background of opinions... she was painting from a palette all her own.
Posted by: Rich D.

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 02:04 PM

Apple was one of the posters I most admired on the forums over the years. No one nicer. I will miss her deeply.

Rich
Posted by: JerryS88

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 02:37 PM

What an overwhelmingly sad loss. My deepest condolences to Apple's family.
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 02:42 PM

What a sad day... frown She will be greatly missed, but always present in our hearts.
Posted by: spanishbuddha

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 02:50 PM

RIP.
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 03:07 PM

Rest in peace Mary! As I said I never had a chance to meet you, but I sure wish I had! smile Mary's departure to a new and happier place hopefully was in my mind all day long, since I read this thread and read the final post of the member 'apple*' (her daughter I assume?).

We didn't have that many personal exchanges, and I don't feel that I deserve to say that "I knew her", but for some reason, which is obviously because of her kind nature, I feel really sad for this loss and upset at this!

Rest in peace dear apple*!
Posted by: JoelW

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 03:12 PM

This is so sad. When was the last time she posted?
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 03:12 PM

Rest in peace, apple*. You were a fantastic person and one of my favorite contributors to this site. My thoughts and prayers to your family and friends.
Posted by: Steve Cohen

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 03:17 PM

I've been checking in on Apple though PMs for years.

Sad...very sad...

There is a thread on the Piano Forum about possibly memorializing Apple with the donation of a new piano to a needy student.

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2013319/Our%20friend%20Apple.html#Post2013319
Posted by: Ariel

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 03:54 PM

Bidding farewell to Mary-Apple on every forum we shared, for the last ten years.

Condolences to all of us!

Posted by: Johan B

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 04:18 PM

I am so sorry to hear that she is not among us anymore.

I only know Apple from these forums. She always had good post, advices and comments. Hope she gets the best grand piano in heaven. She was a very good human with a warm heart.

Dear Apple......RIP.......

Johan B
Posted by: sophial

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 04:25 PM

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My heart goes out to her family. Apple was one of the kindest and most positive members of PW. We will miss you dear Apple!

Sophia
Posted by: Lemon Pledge

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 04:37 PM

A warm and kind person, full of positive energy. She will be missed. Rest in peace.
Posted by: Morodiene

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 04:38 PM

Apple was loved by all as we can see in these posts. I always appreciated her unconventional approach to teaching, and felt that her students were very lucky to have such a lovely lady in their lives. Rest in peace, Apple.
Posted by: Musictuary

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 04:51 PM

Apple came across as a very caring and positive person. She never had anything negative to say even when other postings in the thread discussions got very heated.

May her soul rest in peace. Deepest condolences to her loved ones.
Posted by: Mark_C

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 04:56 PM

Last post: ......
Posted by: schwammerl

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 05:16 PM

“No one feels another's grief, no one understands another's joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by.”

(by Franz Schubert)

schwammerl.
Posted by: WhoDwaldi

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 05:20 PM

Apple's posts have always been a ray of light on PianoWorld. She will be sorely missed and long remembered.
Posted by: Palindrome

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 05:35 PM




At the end, in JSB's own hand:

Fine. D. S. Gl. (Dei Soli Gloria)

[video:youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=lzFoZftMcU4#t=548s[/video]
Posted by: Mr Super-Hunky

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 05:40 PM

I didn't know Apple well, however she had contacted me several times through pm just to say 'hi' or make a quick private comment on something I've said. Always in a very friendly, positive way.

Whenever I was done reading her comments, I always felt much better; not worse. This coming from a women whom was very sick herself but still managed to find the time to spread happiness upon others.

There are very few people in the world like this and we simply should not let her memory fade away.

At some point in the future, something could be done to honor her memory here at Piano World. Possibly the "Apple Award" which would be an award for outstanding participation on the forums or something similar. People like her don't come around too often.

Rest peacefully Apple.
Posted by: Piano Again

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 06:37 PM

She lived life to the fullest in every respect. We will all miss her.
Posted by: piqué

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 07:07 PM

she certainly did live life to the fullest! she had more verve than any ten people i know. she was one of a kind.

what a terrible loss to all of us.
Posted by: BB Player

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 07:32 PM

I posted earlier in this thread when Apple was still with us. I've been out all day and only now returned to the terrible news of her passing. All I can add to my previous thoughts is that I hope that I am able to in some small way emulate her warmth, cheerfulness and grace in the future.

She was loved. She is loved. She will be missed. Can any of us ask for more on our passing?

God speed Apple.
Posted by: Piano*Dad

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 07:52 PM

Originally Posted By: Hugh Sung
I'm heartbroken to hear of Apple's passing - what a dear, sweet person! I will always treasure the wonderful evening I spent with her and her beautiful family, the fabulous meal they cooked, her vibrant paintings, and the enchanting time we spent around her gorgeous piano, sharing our common love of music.


Hugh,

Beautiful picture in Apple's music room. I never had a chance to make the "pilgrimage." That's the remarkable thing. People sought her out for all sorts of reasons.

She was unfailingly kind and remarkably non-judgmental. On other forums we shared, the temperatures could flare and she would remain mostly calm and detached; a voice for community. Yes, she could get snippy once in a blue moon, but if you were the recipient of the gentle slap, that was cause for real introspection!
Posted by: argerichfan

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 08:33 PM

Originally Posted By: BB Player
All I can add to my previous thoughts is that I hope that I am able to in some small way emulate her warmth, cheerfulness and grace in the future.

She was loved. She is loved. She will be missed. Can any of us ask for more on our passing?

I agree. Several years ago we exchanged a bunch of PMs (some deliciously dirty humour, she was no prude), and I even sent her a picture of me. She replied: 'you're young and cute'. blush

Apple was always unfailingly positive and upbeat, but she never courted any controversy.

Unlike a lot of us I suppose. Good night, dearest.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 08:59 PM

That is beautiful Palindrome.

I know that Mary appreciated your special gift to her a year ago.

She would have much enjoyed that Bach.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 09:07 PM

Announcement of funeral arrangements:

http://www.amosfamily.com/2013/01/mary-magdalen-bryde-stevermer/
Posted by: Strings & Wood

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 10:01 PM

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.

http://www.amosfamily.com/2013/01/mary-magdalen-bryde-stevermer/

Memorial Contributions



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

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/13 10:59 PM

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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehpccoQRvoU



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
Posted by: packa

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 12:01 AM

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.
Posted by: BenPiano

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 12:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Mark_C
Last post: ......


Originally Posted By: apple*
that is too cute


thanks, Mark smile

frown
Posted by: stores

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 04:21 AM

Rest in peace, apple.

I will, certainly, keep the apple family in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by: Dave Ferris

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 11:24 AM

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
Posted by: Pogorelich.

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 11:45 AM

RIP.
Posted by: RachFan

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 11:48 AM

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.

David
Posted by: Piano World

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 01:05 PM

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.
Indrek"
Posted by: ando

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 04:00 PM

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?
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 04:05 PM

I'm so sorry, we will miss you Apple....
Posted by: Tim Adrianson

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 04:05 PM

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.
Posted by: Little_Blue_Engine

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 04:31 PM

frown
Posted by: EdwardianPiano

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 05:30 PM

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.
Posted by: Piano Again

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 06:39 PM

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.
Posted by: markjpcs

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 07:13 PM

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.

Love,

Mark

p.s. I will continue with the Goldbergs. wink
Posted by: BlueBKLYN

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 07:44 PM

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...
Posted by: scepticalforumguy

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/13/13 11:13 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Apple's family. She will be missed by many.
Posted by: Daffodil

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/14/13 06:32 AM

I'm so sorry to read that Apple has passed away.
Posted by: izaldu

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/14/13 06:38 AM

So very sad news. Rest in peace, friend.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/14/13 03:43 PM

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xje4OYalB5Q


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


https://www.youtube.com/watch?...bedded&v=lzFoZftMcU4



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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FASG0h6-5XQ



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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehpccoQRvoU


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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LePrcOi3mQg&feature=youtu.be


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

Pacabel's 'Fantasia'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...dded&v=qr_sl_UJdKE#!


from Bach's Goldberg Variations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...bedded&v=rG1f6678ka0


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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...bedded&v=gsXQAhe8uYY



You will always be a part of us, Mary.
Posted by: Sherdil

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/14/13 10:29 PM

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.
Posted by: opus119

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/14/13 10:54 PM

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...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGP7cBXpXqA

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

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/15/13 04:10 PM

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.

--Debbie
Posted by: pianovirus

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/16/13 07:20 AM

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!
Posted by: aidans

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/16/13 02:47 PM

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.
Posted by: Johan B

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/16/13 03:05 PM

Originally Posted By: lilylady

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

Pacabel's 'Fantasia'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...dded&v=qr_sl_UJdKE#!

.


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
Posted by: AJB

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/16/13 03:25 PM

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.

Adrian
Posted by: Newman

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/16/13 06:53 PM

So sad. Apple's was one of the first identities which became recognisable to me on PW. My condolences to her family and friends.
Posted by: ROMagister

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/17/13 04:17 AM

So sad for all of us. Apple* has been a real inspiration for all of us, even for me. She also had shown us great dedication and ingenuity for adapting teaching to unusual learners.

A few days ago I heard this piece test-played by a young teacher in George Enescu's (Romanian foremost composer, violinist, conductor) memorial house, on his own 1907 Ibach piano. The flowing, lyrical composition and playing moved me a lot. Now I feel it may have been *for* Mary's soul...

A.S. Sweet - La Madonna - Meditation religieuse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv7qr5_MOok

May she rest in peace, and her serenity live on among us.
Posted by: pianojosh23

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/17/13 04:41 AM

Oh, wow. Very sad news. Rest in peace, Mary.
Posted by: lilylady

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/17/13 10:45 AM





"Beautiful flowers sent from Mary's friends at Piano World."

Note the black and white bows representing the piano keys!
Thanks Frank.

Posted by: UrLicht

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/17/13 02:36 PM

I haven't been around Piano World very long, and didn't know her, but Mary - Apple - stood out as an extremely kind and generous person. I was saddened to hear the news. My condolences to her family.
Posted by: Rotom

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/18/13 06:52 AM

I come and visit Piano World only rarely now... It comes to me as a shock to hear this. frown Words cannot express feelings. My condolences to her family.
Posted by: jon-nyc

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/18/13 04:15 PM

Beautiful flowers, Frank.
Posted by: piano_deb

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/18/13 10:56 PM

I haven't been to PW in a while and so just read the news today. Apple* was a generous and kind-hearted contributor to discussions, and I enjoyed and benefitted from many of her (10,000+!) posts. She will be sorely missed, and my heart goes out to all who knew and loved her in "real life" as well as on the forums.
Posted by: P I A N O piano

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/18/13 11:00 PM

Rest in peace....so sad to hear about this...
Posted by: RickG1

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/19/13 10:55 AM

My heart is also sad to learn of this news. Mary fought the battle with cancer for many years and now she is with our Lord. When I came to Piano World about 10 years ago, she was such a cheerful voice, positive in her responses. I also related to her in that she also was a church musician at her Roman Catholic church. Mary, you are already missed .

May Light Perpetual Shine Upon Her.
Posted by: Teclasgirl

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/20/13 03:27 PM

Me too, I haven't been to PW in a while and so just read the news today.
All my love for her family and friends. She is surely entoured by Music.
Rest in peace Apple.
Posted by: Elene

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/21/13 02:01 AM

So sorry. I didn't know her well but always enjoyed her posts and the way she could bring civility and kindness to a discussion when people were getting a bit hotheaded.

Elene
Posted by: TheHappyMoron

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 02/04/13 08:33 AM

Although I've never been a major part of the pianoworld community I always admired apple's contributions. It was apparent from her posts that she was a kind and compassionate person. Such sad news.
Posted by: Ridicolosamente

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 02/08/13 11:09 PM

Truly sad news to hear.
I am late, but must share my appreciation for apple* 's person.
So warm, welcoming, and always positive.
Will be missed.

Love, strength, and peace to you and yours apple*

-Daniel
Posted by: Devane

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 02/13/13 02:52 PM

My sincere condolences to her family and her friends on Pianoworld.
Posted by: Wombat66

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 02/25/13 05:42 PM

My sincere condolences to Apple's family and loved ones. Like many others who have posted, I'm an infrequent lurker here these days, but would echo those who experienced the unfailing warmth, kindness and humour of her posts, and appreciated her willingness to enter into PM discussion and eagerness to calm things when they got heated.
Judging by the reaction of those who only met her on the internet, I imagine people lucky enough to have met her in the flesh are feeling a dreadful sense of loss and hope the good wishes of us all are a comfort.
With best wishes and deepest sympathy
Posted by: Varcon

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 02/27/13 06:59 PM

Like so many, I, too, never met Apple but I enjoyed her comments and observations and feel a sad loss that a forum friend has been lost. I know she is loved by many here and the music she will now enjoy can only be heavenly.

Ralph
Posted by: btb

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 02/28/13 09:26 AM

Please chaps ... enough of the mourning weeds ... I think dear apple would like us to remember her for all the magical input which enriched our lives.

She will always hold a special place in my heart.
Posted by: minorkeyed

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 03/01/13 02:40 AM

What a sad shock to come to on PW. I always enjoyed reading her posts and loved the way she'd write "apple" in a different language in her sig. Still shocked and disturbed.
Posted by: signa

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 03/10/13 02:59 PM

i don't come here often now, but just happened to come here seeing this.

what a sad news! i seem to see her post every time i visit here, and she always sounded like a considerate, funny, nice, and loving person. i'm really sorry to hear this!
Posted by: Stevester

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 04/23/13 09:18 PM

Apple is in my prayers.
Posted by: JazzyMac

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 05/05/13 04:26 PM

I'm sorry. :-(
Posted by: Schubertslieder

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 05/05/13 06:11 PM

I am very sorry to hear it.
Posted by: Piano*Dad

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 05/05/13 10:49 PM

Originally Posted By: signa
i don't come here often now, but just happened to come here seeing this.

what a sad news! i seem to see her post every time i visit here, and she always sounded like a considerate, funny, nice, and loving person. i'm really sorry to hear this!


Well, come back and sit a spell. Reacquaint yourself.
Posted by: Arabesque

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 05/11/13 09:35 AM

I am very saddened by the news although I am far away, and completely respect and admire such a vital and wonderful lady. I found her accounts of church organ an inspiration. She has given a lot of her joy of life and I am finding words a weak substitute. I think of her family and offer my prayers.
Posted by: cruiser

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 05/20/13 08:14 AM

Being an infrequent visitor to the PW forums nowadays, I've only today learned of the passing of dear apple on the date of my own birthday in January.

Though never having had the privilege of meeting Mary, I too am heartened to have known her for many years (quotation marks omitted deliberately) and to have interacted with her in many a thread. A new star shines in the heavens for this lovely, inspirational lady.

In the language of my native Wales, "Cysgu'n dawel, Apple"..... Sleep peacefully

Michael

Posted by: ando

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 08/13/13 04:57 AM

Hi Apple, I hope it's bright and sunny where you are now and hope you are still making beautiful music on your piano. You are still remembered.
Posted by: Tenuto

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 08/16/13 04:00 PM

Dear Apple,

My prayers are with you and your family.
I really enjoyed your solo video on
Piano World. You have a truly musical
spirit.

Many Blessings,
Tenuto
Posted by: Gary001

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 11/11/13 09:31 AM

I've been away from the forum for most of this year, upon returning it was nice to read post from several familiar names and saddening to happen upon this thread and hear the news about apple*.

Whilst I'd never met her in person, her posts and contributions to this forum were always positive and (very grin) enthusiastic, a loss to both her family and this forum.
Posted by: MrHazelton

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 11/29/13 07:41 PM

I haven't been to Piano World regularly for a while now, so this is all news to me. I remember Apple's posts well. I always thought the screen name was cute. She sounds like she was a sweet person in life. Reading through the posts on this thread brings tears to my eyes. May she rest in peace. Condolences to her family and friends.
Posted by: ChopinAddict

Re: Our Friend *Apple* - 01/12/14 04:32 AM

It's a year today since apple* left us, so I today I have been playing Bach in her memory... frown