Monday, December 06, 2021


Ranice S. Appell, 91

Ranice Sheppard Appell, a former Westport resident, died April 27 of natural causes in North Miami, Florida. She was 91.

Ranice was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on Far Rockaway Beach, NY where she met the love of her life, Arnold Appell. In 1950, Ranice and Arnold were wed and moved to Norwalk. Ranice, being a “modern woman” worked as a dental assistant while raising her two children and worked there for 35 years.

She was a force to be reckoned with and played a huge role in both her coworkers and patients’ lives.

Ranice and Arnold moved to Westport in the early 1960s where they resided for 40 years before retiring to Grantham, New Hampshire.

They were married for 63 years before Arnold’s death in 2014. Ranice reinvented herself while living in New Hamopshire and landed a job working in a custom jewelry store. She went on to become a Certified Diamond Gemologist at the age ripe age of 75 and sold jewelry for the next 10 years.

Ranice loved to travel and was able to journey to London, Paris, Italy, Israel, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Trading snow for sunshine, she and Arnold moved to Florida to be closer to their son Howard. She returned to New England in the summer months to live with her daughter, Linda, son-in-law Andrew and granddaughter, Elyssa. Her children were her life.

Ranice remained active into her 90’s and was well regarded for her acting skills in a local theater group and for her participation in Italian classes. She also enjoyed attending lectures at local libraries.

Ranice taught us the importance of family and the true meaning of loyalty. She touched each and every one of our lives with her grace, her strength of character, her radiant smile, and her zest for life! She was our rock and she will be forever remembered. Rest in peace our beautiful mother.

Ranice leaves behind her son, Howard M. Appell, her daughter, Linda Reida and son-in-law Andrew Reida, her granddaughter, Elyssa Reida and her two devoted feline companions,Tika and LaLa along with her nieces, nephews and special friends who she considered her family.

In lieu of flowers, we request that all donations be sent to in Ranice’s memory.

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