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April Marie Stenger

Posted By Jackie Andrews On July 26, 2016 @ 3:15 pm In Obituaries | 28 Comments

April Marie Stenger, 61, passed away on July 19, 2016.

April was a wife and friend for almost 46 years to her husband, Ralph. She was a crafty person who liked sewing, needlepoint which she incorporated into her doll dresses and even made Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus from scratch. In her later years she got into jewelry making and she loved creating gifts for her friends and family. Whatever she did she gave 110% and always wanted things to be perfect.

She worked with her husband in the family business the first 12 years of their marriage. Then she applied for and was hired to work for the United States Postal Service. Twenty-eight years later she retired but not before building a second family with her co-workers.

April’s love and kindness went beyond her human family; she loved animals and her Westies. Her wild animals would come to her door here in town and the summer cabin in Prescott.

She is survived by her husband Ralph of 44 years, her son Ralphie, his partner in life Lena, their daughters Tiffani and Riley, and granddaughter Isabel. Her mother Gail Jones who lives in Pine along with her brothers Chuck, Will, and Stanley; her sister Melanie, Payson and Debbie who lives in Phoenix.

April’s extended family from her side and Ralph’s would make the list too long to mention here. Then there was her post office family who she considered close enough to be part of her personal family.

April will be missed deeply but she is in a better place where she will no longer be in daily pain and now be at rest.

We are sure that her grandmother Edna Blake and her uncle, Father Bill Blake who preceded her in death were there to take her hand as she left this world and showed her the new life she will have with them and the family and friends that have gone before her.

April you will be missed more than words can say and will leave a void in Ralph’s heart that only you could fill. God Bless you April until we meet again.

Services will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Hansen Chapel, 8314 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85020.

Visitation is from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Memorial Service will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Private Family Reception to Follow

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Condolence from Liz Lewis on July 26th, 2016 5:42 pm

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Joel, Liz and Lewis family

Condolence from Marna Anderson on July 26th, 2016 5:48 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you.. Tom and Marna Anderson

Condolence from Phil Lee on July 26th, 2016 6:02 pm

Our deepest condolences to you and family and the demise of April she was a wonderful co-worker and a true friend. Peace be with you and the family in your hour of grief.

Condolence from Gloria Merck on July 26th, 2016 6:58 pm

April has always been on my mind. I’m glad I saw her at our retirement luncheon. She will really be Missed as part of our postal family. I was ever so grateful when she attended my son’s memorial service. She will always be in my prayers

Condolence from Teresa Kossow ellis on July 26th, 2016 7:13 pm

You are in my prayers it’s hard to lose a loved one especially a wife of 44 years. I was excited to hear from my cousin even though we really didn’t know each other very well living so far apart. It hurt my heart when I read about her leaving this world. I know in Heaven she will meet my husband that passed last year. Praying for all.

Condolence from Marsha Berger on July 26th, 2016 7:18 pm

I met April at the post office. We worked together for almost 30 years and then we retired together. Her talents were limitless and her work ethics were strong and determined. She was very thoughtful and had such a big heart, it doesn’t surprise me that it went out big. She could always be counted on for any task that popped up. She was thoughtful, considerate and attentive and my good friend. I am really going to miss her. God please take care of her. This, as You know, was a Special Delivery to Heaven.
Love ya April,
Marsha

Condolence from Linda Taylor on July 26th, 2016 7:34 pm

April bought joy to so many lives and I was one of many fortunate enough to spend so many years working with her. She will be missed by so many. Condolences to her Husband Ralph, her son Ralphie and her family. May you Rest in Peace April, we love you. God only takes the best and we certainly know you were the best. I will hold on to all the memories we shared till we meet again my friend.
Linda Taylor

Condolence from Shelley LaMoure on July 26th, 2016 8:53 pm

Ralph and Ralphie, April will be missed. Even as my x-sister-in-law, she was always in my heart. She was a great sister-in-law we had a lot of good time together at your house on Belmont and your Cabin. Lots and lots of laughs. God Speed April

Condolence from Angela Mack on July 26th, 2016 9:51 pm

So sorry for your loss April was such a sweet and very crafty lady just loved her decorations and jewelry. She made everyone in the Box Section their own personalized Christmas ornament! Such a giving caring woman

Condolence from Laura Negrete on July 27th, 2016 12:09 am

I can’t imagine a world without April. She was loved by many. Not a lot of people can say that. She enjoyed a good time and was very generous. She planned many celebrations at work and at her home through the years. Birthdays, baby showers, goodbyes, retirement parties or just let’s celebrate parties….she made countless gifts for many of us. I personally have and will continue to treasure everything she ever gave me, because she made them with her own imagination and hands….,she would even pick up a trinket or nic knack if it reminded her of someone. I recently got Dodger ink pens in the mail…..she loved giving personal cards. I will miss my birthday and Christmas cards…. I will miss her baking. No one I know baked like April…. Ralph, Ralphie and family, THANK YOU for sharing April with me and my family…..I loved her.

Condolence from Peter McNaughton on July 27th, 2016 5:31 am

In life many people cross our path. Many, on the other side of the road, walk on without a trace. However a few cross the road to our side and are with us for varying degrees of time and of these some leave a mark. Such was April.
She had a quiet way with her and was always balanced. She was creative and thoughtful and went out her way to make people like us, comfortable.In addition she was a very hard working girl and a pleasure to be around.
Our condolences go out to her husband Ralph, and her son Ralphie and by extension the Stenger family who gave Ginette and I so much kindness and pleasure. Although we live far away we think of them often
Among the many parts of April’s legacy she gave us a real understanding into what a a human being is all about. She was a compassionate and caring person. Thank you April for being you and loving all.
You will be sorely missed

Peter and Ginette XX

Condolence from Patty Lynn Welliver on July 27th, 2016 8:35 am

My Friend…your goodness and kindness will live on in each of us honored to know you. My heart is heavy, but full because of you. God Bless.

Condolence from doug mccarthy on July 27th, 2016 9:24 am

April was an amazing person and I personally shared some of the best moments of my younger life with her. We had many deep discussions and shared sarcasm and laughter always. I will miss her and know that she is in peace because of her big heart and thoughtfulness toward everyone.

Condolence from Tammy Knisley on July 27th, 2016 5:01 pm

I worked with April for many years. I loved her, she was an amazing person and friend to be around at work. She always made me laugh! She will definitely be missed! Her family is my thoughts and my deepest condolences to all.RIP April❤

Condolence from Katherine Gomez on July 27th, 2016 7:12 pm

I was fortunate enough to work with April for many years. My sincere condolences and prayers to April’s family.

Condolence from Mary Anne Hawkins Fischer on July 27th, 2016 9:56 pm

My condolences to April’s family. She is free, free at last, “Somewhere over the rainbow…”

Condolence from Roy Stenger on July 28th, 2016 6:23 am

I remember the night Ralph brought April home to meet the parents which was almost 45 years ago. April has been part of our lives ever since and I will miss her sarcasm and quick witted jabs. People say life goes on but when a person like April leaves you the landscape will never be the same. I will miss her dearly.

Condolence from Charlotte McAnally & Family on July 28th, 2016 3:11 pm

My prayers are with her family & friends, may you rest in peace beautiful lady, you will be missed❤️

Condolence from Mary Jo Tichar on July 28th, 2016 5:27 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. April was one of the most genuine souls I have had the privilege to know and have as a dear friend. May our many memories of her comfort us all. She had some of the most expressive facial expressions…just thinking of some of them makes me smile. I will surely miss her!

Condolence from Marcia & Bill Kral on July 28th, 2016 5:29 pm

We are so sorry to her of the passing of April. She was such a sweet, special lady. Kind, thoughtful, giving, talented and the list goes on. Our deepest sympathies to all her family, she will be missed by many that called her friend. She has a special place in heaven. God Bless you all.

Condolence from Karen M Blake on July 28th, 2016 5:35 pm

Ralph, April was awesome person and she will be missed by everyone. Wish we all could be there. You, Auntie Gail and family our prayers hugs are going your way.

Condolence from Roderick Stenger and Family on July 29th, 2016 4:24 am

He comes like a thief in the night.God places special people in our life. I call them angels.Well April was a very special one. She had a lot of patience to put up with us all at times. I learned a lot from her about the importance of family in your life. She had such a great love of everyone. And how can you not love a person that love animals. Yes she was special to touch so many of us. She will be miss by us all. My heart bleeds for you Ralph and Ralphe but some day you will all be together again.
Auf Wiedersehen mit Lieben

Condolence from Holly Hendricks on July 29th, 2016 8:40 am

I was shocked to hear of April’s passing. She is such a strong woman. Since retirement I didn’t get to see her very often but loved the interaction on Facebook. I am truly sorry for the pain & grief your family is experiencing. You’ll be in my thoughts & prayers.

Holly Hendricks & Charles Kennedy

Condolence from Shirley, Mike & Karen on July 29th, 2016 12:58 pm

Dear Ralph,and Family. We are deeply sorry for your loss, April will suffer no more in the arms of the Lord. Hopefully years of loving and happy memories will help you all through this difficult time. Please accept our sincere condolences from Shirley, Mike and Karen in Scotland

Condolence from Kathy Meyer on July 30th, 2016 7:48 am

I know in my heart that April will continue to do in Heaven what she did so graciously on earth; make every individual that she meets feel special and cared for. The personal touches that she put into any gift, card, potluck or visit will be missed by all that knew her. Ralph and Ralphie, thank you for sharing her with her postal family, she talked of you both often with much love. I am so sorry for your loss and I hope that cherished memories see you through the tough times. You will be in my prayers…Kathy

Condolence from THE JONES FAMILY on July 30th, 2016 10:43 am

OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE STENGER FAMILY IN YOUR TIME OF DEEP SORROW AND LOSS. LIFE DOES NOT SEEM FAIR WHEN WE LOSE OUR LOVED ONES. WE HOPE YOU CAN FIND STRENGTH IN KNOWING THAT APRIL IS NOT SUFFERING THE PHYSICAL PAIN, AND SHE IS AT PEACE. MAY THE LOVING MEMORIES OF THE TIMES YOU HAD WITH HER HELP SUSTAIN AND COMFORT YOU.

Condolence from Nancy Willard on July 31st, 2016 11:35 am

My thoughts and prayers go out to Ralph and the whole family! April will be missed dearly!

Condolence from Debbie Jefferson on September 24th, 2016 9:17 am

It has been three months since you left us and not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. When I see something that I know you would like I think that I should pick that up for April. Or I need to call you and ask you something. You were the first thing I thought about when I woke up or the last thing I thought about before I went to bed.
I am so sad that you never got to enjoy your new house that you almost had finished, or got to enjoy your retirement. But you would be happy that Ralph and Lucky took the trip you had planned together.
We all miss you terribly and loved you so much.

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