Deceased Information


    Marlene Appley

    Leah bat Shmuel v. Elisheva

  • AGE



    Saturday, July 08, 2023 (Before Sunset)


    Wednesday, July 12, 2023


    10:30 AM




    Meeting ID: 852 8334 1692

    Passcode: 989498


    Greenwood Cemetery


    At the home of Elizabeth Appley and Sandy Epstein on Wednesday and Thursday.


    • ❖ Hadassah Hospital in Israel

    • ❖ Charity of One's Choice


    Dr. Marlene Bondy Appley of Chapel Hill, North Carolina passed away peacefully on July 8 after a brief illness. At 98, she lived a vibrant and active life until her final weeks. Born in Czechoslovakia, her family eluded Hitler’s invasion and fled to America in 1939. Living in Brooklyn, she and her brothers and sisters were ardent members of Hashomer Hatzair, a Zionist youth group. Marlene made Aliyah to Israel in 1948 after the creation of the State of Israel as a founding member of Kibbutz Sasa in the northern Galilee. There she married George Appley and their first child, Abner, was born in 1951. Always a gifted student, she returned to college after the birth of two more children, Elizabeth and Noah, earning a PhD  as a microbiologist in Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1971. Winning a post-doctoral program at the National Institute of Health in Washington DC, she went on to teach at the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport, Marymount Manhattan College, Georgia State University, and the University of the Pacific where she earned tenure. Taking a break from teaching, she traveled through Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia before returning to traverse North America and finally settled in Chapel Hill, where she returned to teaching until age 87. She enjoyed a lifetime of successful research, publishing, collaboration, and legions of enthusiastic students who adored her and were mesmerized by her charming and inspiring lectures, her humor, energy, and creativity. 

    Marlene had a zest for adventure, the arts and was a gifted storyteller with an infectious laugh and a beautiful and ready smile. She loved to swim, hike and ski, pastimes she pursued throughout her life. She loved her family and was the most wonderful mother, wife, aunt, sister, and friend. She was proud of her children and grandchildren and was always an important inspiration, guide, and source of support, delighting in their successes. After a storybook romance, she married Dr. J. Ross Macdonald when she was 91 and he was 93 and they shared many happy years together. 

    Marlene is survived by her beloved family, husband Ross, her son, Noah and his partner, Naresia Pauly, who dedicated himself to helping her and Ross maintain their healthy and independent lifestyle over the past five years, and her daughter Elizabeth, son in law Sandy Epstein, and grandsons Benjamin and Joseph and daughter in law Danielle, as well as many nieces and nephews, friends and colleagues. She was predeceased by her beloved son, Abner, and brothers and sisters, Edgar Bondy (Rivka), Ruth Melchet (Asher), Alice Jaffe, and Ruben Bondy. 

    Graveside services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery July 12 at 10: 30 am. Arrangements by Dressler’s Funeral Services. Donations in her memory may be made to Hadassah Hospital in Israel or to the charity of your choice. 

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  • SusanBondy

    Lene was one of my favorite relatives. We did so many fun things together, too many to count. She loved Israel and loved Kibbutz Sasa. In her later years she constantly expressed her wish to go to Israel one more time. Lene also loved the family. She made a point of going to all the bar and bat mitzva celebrations, weddings and funerals, and in between, fun times and vacations. I will miss her beautiful smile and her adorable laughter. Lene was a good human being and a good Zionist and I will miss her greatly...

  • Ross Macdonald

    Marlene was a wonderful and talented individual who brought great joy to those around her. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her well. I can still recall the serious discussions of pedagogy she would have with my son when we came to visit at Carolina Meadows. She brought much happiness into the life of my father during the years they had together. And thanks to Noah and Elizabeth for all the assistance they provided to Marlene and my father over the past few years.

  • Alana

    I will always remember Aunt Lene turning into our driveway with her beautiful Airstream like a fantastic silver ship, or a modern interpretation of Noah’s Ark, where she brought the whole world with her to our visits in her magic vessel. I remember with my sister Aviva, being so excited to walk out of our house, over the threshold of our driveway and into the breakfast nook to share our morning cereal with her, and bright conversation. She always wanted to know what I was passionate about, and was so encouraging of whatever filled me with vitality. It must have been that fidelity to following her passions that gave way to her incredible longevity and fully lived life. When I published my first book of poetry after college, Lene called me to say that she has read it and started a book group with other reading it, how proud she was, and how I was invited to come and talk about the book. Her support and enthusiasm was so pure, so heartfelt, and is a wonderful quality I will always carry with me and hope to offer to others. Reading the details in her obituary, I am overcome by her accomplishments, but also not surprised. What a brave, positive force she was in our world. I will miss her, and send lots of love to all of our family and her closest of kin. Love, Alana

  • Doris Bondy Dlugacz

    I will always remember Lene’s smile and energy. She had a zest for life that she shared with my father. She truly had a pioneer spirit that encouraged everyone she met.

  • mikki bondy siegel

    Tao and Lene

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    Tao and Lene

  • mikki bondy siegel

    Tao and Lene

  • Marcia and Emil Baumrind

    Elizabeth and Sandy, Sending our deepest sympathy to you . Losing someone so special is always difficult. Our thoughts are with you. Marcia and Emil

  • mikki bondy siegel

    Aunt Lene lived life to the fullest, and was such a ray of sunshine to all of us that knew her She was always genuinely interested in each step of our lives, and offered positivity to every situation with her beautiful smile Our family was truly blessed because of Lene, and she will forever have a special place in my heart

  • Elaine

    Elizabeth and Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of your mother (and mother-in-law)'s passing. I hope your memories will help to heal the hurt.

  • Yvette Gutkin

    I always loved your mother she was so vibrant and loving my mother and her grow up together in Teplice even in Brooklyn they lived down the street from each other May her soul rest in peace

  • Elaine & Jerry Blumenthal

    Dear Elizabeth and Sandy - She was an extraordinary woman with an extraordinary daughter. Her name is a blessing. Hoping memories will become consoling. With love and admiration. Elaine and Jerry

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