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FRAMINGHAM – April Stout, age 53, of Bedford Massachusetts (formerly of Framingham) passed away on the afternoon of March 19, 2023 with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.

April’s exuberant presence and quick sense of humor brought light and happiness to all who knew her.

April spent many years working as a dedicated teacher’s assistant in the field of special education. During this time, her sense of care spread far and wide. She was a strong advocate for her students on the autism spectrum and introduced art therapy to the program. Her affable personality and conviction for her work was felt by those around her. She was loved and adored by her pupils and their families, proving to be a wonderful teacher and friend to her students.

April had a passion for art, nature, and animals. As a self-taught artist, her creativity knew no limits and she often inspired others to create in their own way. Always the free spirit, she enjoyed visiting upstate New York with her husband, Neal, for relaxing getaways. She enjoyed the companionship of many pets throughout her life, giving them the love and affection they so deserved. Whether it was dog paws or lizard claws, she loved them all.

April is survived by her loving husband, Neal Monahan, along with his siblings Louise, John, Ann, Ellen, Kate, & Thomas; and their mother, Eleanor.

April is also survived by her sisters, Kathy O’Hayre & Marilyn Kreider; her niece, Shannon O’Hayre; her nephew, Cullen O’Hayre (known to April as “Ralphie”); her niece, Em Kreider; and her mother, Grace Stout.

She is predeceased by her father, Johnny Stout & Neal’s father, John J. Monahan.

At April’s request, no services will be held, but memorial contributions may be sent to her preferred charities/ shelters: Care Dimensions Hospice House & Buddy Dog Rescue

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.