Richard Anthony Appel Monaca Richard Anthony Appel, 71, of Monaca, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on April 27, 2019. He was born on June 13, 1947, in Ambridge to the late Robert and Regina (Pisano) Appel. Rich is survived by his sister, Francine (Arthur) Pratt; brothers, Frederick (Mary Jane) Appel and Robert (Joyce) Appel and by numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews and many cousins. Rich had a wonderful life with his family, whether it was eating his mother’s great Italian cooking; fishing and bowling with his dad and brothers; playing ball in the field across from his childhood home on School Street or sharing great memories at family gatherings. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. Rich was employed by RrJ.Rhodes Transit Company in Ambridge and loved transporting “his kids”. Rich was an avid Pittsburgh Penguins hockey fan and wore his Penguins jacket with pride*. Richard was a graduate of the Joe Brinkman Umpire School and was a PIAA official umpire and referee. He had a great enthusiasm and love for all sports. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful and caring staff of the Beaver Valley Medical Center CCU and the nurses of the Curahealth Heritage Valley staff. We would like to extend a special thanks to our sister-in-law, Elsie Lawryk, who guided us through the last days of Rich’s life with great empathy and love. A memorial service to celebrate Richard’s life will take place at St. Stephens Church, 405 Frederick Ave. Sewickley, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 2 p.m. A gathering of friends and family will take place in the lobby adjacent to the sanctuary from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. There will be no viewing and burial is private. The BOHN-MATICH FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 1099 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge, is in charge of arrangements.