Lois-Mary Apple Dunlap died May 25 at the age of 72, due to complications of a Parkinson’s-related disease. She was a loving daughter and sister, brilliant student, determined research librarian, supportive wife, dedicated mother and “Grandma Lemma,” patient listener, committed volunteer, impassioned poet and pianist, spiritual searcher, and voracious reader. Her first camp counselor remarked on her “persistent curiosity,” a quality she exhibited throughout her life and inspired in others.
Lois-Mary Apple was born in Elgin, IL October 29, 1938 to Elmer and Luella Apple and was the middle sister of Jean and Howard Apple She attended Deephaven Elementary School and Minnetonka High School, where she graduated as valedictorian in 1956.
She majored in biology and graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College in 1960. She earned her MSLS degree from Columbia University School of Library Service in 1961 and became the Librarian of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She married William D. Dunlap, Jr. in 1961, and they raised three daughters, Kristin, Leslie, and Brenda.
A life-long learner, she began a PhD in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, took many courses at United Theological Seminary, and assembled a vast library of poetry, theology, history, philosophy, science and literature. She was a long-time supporter and board member of the Loft Literary Center, and an ardent patron of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
She is survived and held in loving memory by her sister (and best friend) Jean Owen (Red Lodge, MT), brother Howard Apple and sister-in-law Deb Apple (Winter Park, FL), as well as by her ex-husband Bill Dunlap, with whom she remained dear friends until the end. She is survived by and has sustained her three daughters, Kristin Dunlap, Leslie Dunlap (and husband Seth Cotlar) and Brenda Dunlap (and husband Jim Reidy), as well as granddaughters Kaitlin, Anna, and Ellie Schaible, and grandsons Isaac Cotlar, and Kai and Tae Reidy.
There will be a service celebrating her life at 1 pm on Friday, June 3, at Bigelow Chapel, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, 3000 Fifth Street Northwest, New Brighton, MN 55112. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
David Lee Funeral Home