64, passed peacefully in the early morning hours of March 21st, 2016. Since her recent cancer diagnosis, April was a fighter to the end and was always surrounded by her loving family. April was born on April 1st, 1951, in Bradenton. She graduated from Manatee High School in 1969 where she was in the band and chorus. She shared a wonderful marriage with her husband, Christopher Costantino, whom she wed in 1973. In 1975 and 1978, she welcomed her daughters, Amy and Carrie into the world and found her life's true calling, being a devoted and selfless mom. She was named "Wee-Wee" by her grandchildren and felt blessed to have her daughters and grandchildren close by – there wasn't a recital, award ceremony or game that Wee-Wee would miss. She was known to many for her outstanding home cooking and her spirited personality. She had a passion for wildlife and took great pleasure in eagle watching at Robinson's Preserve with her husband. She enjoyed family trips to Anna Maria Island, visiting produce stands in the North Carolina mountains and viewing manatees in Homosassa, Florida. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Costantino; daughters, Amy Imerman and Carrie Bendixen and their husbands, Sam Imerman and David Bendixen; her mother, Eva Mae Bailey; grandchildren, Olive and Eva Imerman and Jackson and Roman Bendixen; aunt, Barbara Foxworthy; cousins Elaine Sturgeon and Sally Gall. April was the heart of the family and will be dearly missed. A private Funeral Service will be held at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Bridge Church, 4000 75th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209 and Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center, 2207 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217. "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles." Isaiah 40:31. Condolences to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
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Bradenton, FL 34209
Published in The Bradenton Herald on Mar. 23, 2016