Vicki Apel

March 4, 1973 ~ July 12, 2022

Vicki (Vanden Hoek) Apel, age 49, was welcomed home with open and loving arms by her Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 12, 2022. Vicki was married to her very grateful and blessed husband, Nate Apel, of 15 years, in June of 2007. Vicki was a loving and devoted mother to two wonderful girls, Brianna (13), and Ava (11). Vicki was the precious daughter of Daryl and Diane Vanden Hoek; and the sister of her very fortunate, yet loving brother, Dale Vanden Hoek. Vicki was the beloved daughter-in-law of Craig and Pat Apel, as well as the sister-in-law to Trish Apel, and Chip and Rebecca Schafran. Vicki was also blessed with the gift of being an aunt to many nieces and nephews, and was surrounded by an amazing support network of friends and co-workers.

During her time here, Vicki taught 7th grade English for 23 years at Allendale Public Schools. Vicki also had a strong love for the water and taught swim lessons to many children over the years. Vicki cared deeply for her students and loved what she did. To say Vicki was an avid book reader would be an understatement. She loved books and it was very rare if she didn’t have one or multiple within arm’s reach. Vicki was known for her “addiction” to Coca-Cola and her love of Snickers as well.

Vicki was surrounded by loved ones as she ascended from earth into heaven on July 12, 2022, at 12:30 a.m.

Visitation will be held at Wellspring Community Church, 4466 Bauer Rd., Hudsonville, MI, on Saturday July 23, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. - noon and 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. A celebration of life ceremony will follow on the 23rd at 4:30 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions in honor of Vicki S. Apel may be made to Holland Home / Faith Hospice, Attention: Gerilyn May / Development – Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook SE, Suite 300, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546. Donations may also be made for her daughters, Brianna Apel and Ava Apel at any Lake Michigan Credit Union.

If you have any special memories of Vicki that you would like to share with Brianna and Ava you are welcome to bring a letter or photo to the visitation addressed to them.

Memorial Visitation
Saturday, July 23
10:00am - 12:00pm

Wellspring Church
4466 Bauer Rd.
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Memorial Visitation
Saturday, July 23
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Wellspring Church
4466 Bauer Rd.
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Celebration of Life Service
Saturday, July 23

Wellspring Church
4466 Bauer Rd.
Hudsonville, MI 49426

Leave Your Tribute Message

July 26, 2023 2:41pm
I knew vicki's brother and he was my best friend. Vicki is one of the coolest young women I have ever known. She liked to hang out with a group of friends like me who hung out with her older brother. She even joined us in playing military strategy games with the guys at lunch hour when we alI went to Tri-Unity together. She had one of the smartest and most caring minds I have ever known. She takes after her mother in this respect.. I found out the other day she had died a year ago. I hadn't talked to her in twenty some years but I know she now resides with the risen Christ in heaven. Vicki like the members of her family are all class acts.

- Chris Hill

August 11, 2022 2:06pm
Mrs. Apel was my favorite teacher and I will never forget her she was loved by many. I am just glad she isn't suffering any longer.

- Abigail Pope

August 11, 2022 2:05pm
Mrs. Apel was my favorite teacher and I will never forget her she was loved by many. I am just glad she isn't suffering any longer.

- Abigail Pope

July 30, 2022 12:20pm
We are so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you strength during this difficult time.

- Mandi Harmon (Ava Rae Harmon)

July 15, 2022 12:53pm
No matter how much Vicki loved the meaning and power of words, they do little to comfort at such a time. So I am praying that the peace that passes understanding, given only from the Prince of Peace, will surround you and comfort you now and always.

- Jodi Block

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