April, 55, passed away peacefully on the morning of May 19 due to complication associated with ovarian cancer. She was born in Aberdeen, Wash. and was the third of five close-knit children. She graduated from Montesano High School in 1972 as class valedictorian and from Washington State University, cum laude, in 1976 with a B.A. in Business Administration and specialty in Accounting.

While at WSU she participated in a variety of collegiate activities including membership in Alpha Delta Pi sorority, rowing crew, and working as a teaching assistant. Upon graduation, April became a respected accountant and worked as a CPA at Preszler, Larner, Mertz & Company for five years. She went on to Columbia Bottlers Group Inc., where she was controller for six years. She retired in 1992.

In 1981 she married the love of her life, Clyde Cassell. Together they resided at Mason Lake where they were active participants in their community. April appreciated the natural beauty of her surroundings and enjoyed daily walks, hikes in the nearby forests, and kayaking on the lake. April was an active member in the Mason Benson Club, participating in and organizing countless community and social events. She was a pianist in the Mason Lake Piano Quartet, a skilled knitter and fiber artist, and active in local politics. April was a woman of many talents and creative endeavors. She worked enthusiastically for the benefit of others-her engaging smile and willingness to lend a helping hand was a gift to many. Everything she did, she did with a happy heart.

April is survived by her parents, Fred and Jennie Easter of Montesano, sister Lisa Winiecki (Frank) of Olympia, brother Paul Easter (Karen) of Montesano, brother Guy Easter (Joan) of Montesano, brother Carl Easter (Rhonda) of Yakima, nieces and nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde.

Family was a central part of April’s life. She devoted much love, concern and time to them. Her thoughtfulness and interst in their lives was apparent and authentic. Each is left with vivid memories of her selfless, joyful spirit.

She will continue to live in our hearts forever. A memorial will be held celebrating April’s life at the Mason Benson Club, 5971 E. Mason Lake Dr. W., Grapeview, Wash., on July 24 at 4 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Gideons International, PO box 352, Aberdeen, Wash. 98520.

Used with permission from: The Record Courier, Baker City, Oregon, July 23, 2009
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor