April Joyce (Hawkins) KELLY
1951 - 2021
Rowe Funeral Home - Luck
206 Second Ave East
Luck, WI
Age 70, of Luck, WI Died October 14, 2021, shortly following a cancer diagnosis. April is survived by husband Joe Kelly of Luck, WI; son Brian (Gina) and grandsons Brendon and Nick of New Richmond, WI; daughter Kristal Hawkins of Minneapolis; sister Rosie Plaster (Andy) of Willernie, MN; and countless beloved family and friends. Descended from preachers, patriots, a poet, a miner, and a sailor, April was raised by her mother and grandparents on the east side of St. Paul, when goats still roamed a neighboring lot. A good student and sweet child, she climbed trees, played ball, and roamed with the neighborhood's kids. She also spent time on her aunt and uncle's Lake Elmo dairy farm. After leaving St. Paul's Johnson High School, April worked as a hairdresser. She later became a registered nurse, rising to the position of director of nurses at Golden Oaks and earning a bachelor's degree from Concordia University in St. Paul. After she and Joe moved up north to Wisconsin, she worked as a pool nurse in the area; colleagues from Golden Age were among the gracious and giving nurses and CNAs caring for her in her last days. April said that her mother believed that the most important thing is to be kind. April lived that lesson herself; people loved her for it. She was as strong and smart as she was kind; people loved her all the more for that. She was a formidable opponent in poker and in Scrabble. April enjoyed word games and sudoku, and police procedural TV and crime novels; "Badlands" was a favorite movie. She decorated her immaculate and tasteful home with her own digitally manipulated landscape photos and with thrift shop and discount store finds that she turned into art. A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 21, 4:00-7:00 pm, at Rowe Funeral Home, 206 2nd Ave. E., Luck, WI. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to any organization reflecting April's own kindness toward others and concern for the world.

Published by Pioneer Press on Oct. 17, 2021.
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Memorial service
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Rowe Funeral Home - Luck
206 Second Ave East, Luck, WI
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It's sad that such a sweet soul left us so soon. Joe, April, Brian and family, I'm sorry I can't be there with you all at this time to show my support, but I know you are surrounded by many whose lives April touched. Know that you are in my heart.
Judi Logan Winegar
October 21, 2021
From your colleagues at Moodys
October 18, 2021
We´ll miss you. RIP
Jill and John
October 17, 2021
Dear Kristal, Uncle Joe and Brian, My heart is with you on the loss of April. Everyone loved her so much. We have so many wonderful memories- I can hear her voice and her laugh and sharp sense of humor. She will be missed tremendously. Love, Mickey
Mickey Kelly
October 17, 2021
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