Sophie M. Young Appler, a retired bakery official who was active in church affairs, died Saturday of cancer at the home of her daughter in Pikesville. She was 88.
The longtime Gardenville resident retired in 1971 after 44 years as accounts receivable manager for Schmidt Baking Co.
After her retirement, she volunteered for several years at a day care center near Patterson Park.
She was born and reared on Curley Street in East Baltimore. The family lived above the bakery that her German immigrant parents had established.
"One of her favorite memories of life in East Baltimore was seeing gangster Al Capone one day while she scrubbed her parents' white marble steps," said her daughter, Dorothy M. Sill.
"Her father was 13 years old when he came through Locust Point from Germany," Mrs. Sill said. "A man on the dock asked him if he wanted to learn how to be a baker in exchange for room and board, and that's how he learned his trade."
She said Mrs. Appler "only attended school until the seventh grade when she left . . . and worked as a clerk in the family store after her father was stricken with diabetes."
Mrs. Appler was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Northeast Baltimore for 60 years and taught Sunday school there.
She was also a member of the Overlea Eastern Star Lodge No. 85, the Salvation Army Auxiliary,
the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7548, the Cootiette Club, Oriole Lodge No. 204 and the Gardenville Golden Age Club.
She married Walter W. Appler, a driver-salesman for Schmidt, in 1936. He died in 1967.
Services were held Tuesday at Epiphany Lutheran Church.
Besides her daughter, survivors include two grandchildren; and a special friend, Mary Button of Gardenville.
Memorial donations may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 7509 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore 21244; or Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave., Baltimore 21206.