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April Rainelle Swisshelm


04/22/1949 - 03/01/2015 Obituary
April Rainelle Swisshelm Obituary
April Rainelle Swisshelm, age 65 of Bakersfield, California, died peacefully surrounded by family on March 1, 2015. She was born to the late Alfred Felton Gregory and Geraldine Shirley Brown on April 22, 1949.
April enjoyed spending time with her family and devoted much of her life to rescuing animals, working with local veterinary clinics and animal rescue facilities to provide veterinary treatment and home placement for many cats and dogs.
In 1989, April married the love of her life, David Swisshelm of Wasco, California. She is survived by her devoted husband David, daughters Julie Finocchiaro (Guy Finocchiaro), Michelle Kern, Tiffany VanderPool, Hillary Swisshelm, and McKenzie Swisshelm (Kevin Philley). She also leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Anthony Finocchiaro (Melissa Finocchiaro), Erika Kern, Kyle Kern, Nicholas Finocchiaro, and Shane Flannery.
April was a parishioner of St. Francis Church of Bakersfield, California. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be planned on April 22, 2015; announcement to follow.
The entire family wishes to thank those who so generously offered care and support during April's illness. Our gratitude and appreciation is immense.
In lieu of flowers, we kindly request that you make a donation to your favorite animal charity or cancer association.
In closing, we would like to pass along April's lifelong motto, which always brought delight to her grandchildren;
"Life is too short. Eat dessert first!"
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 3, 2015
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