April McElwee

(1964 - 2015)

She never saw the world for what it was but what it could be. When April designed flower arrangements, it wasn‘t so much about the money, but about the joy she could create through her artistry. She always had the ability to communicate her visions: April was a born salesman. Snow to Eskimos, sand in the desert, that kind of salesman. With her personable nature April eventually slid into the real estate market: location, location, location was her mantra. She lived in the moment. If you were friends with April you’d better be prepared to drop what you’re doing to go on an adventure. When she did something it was always first class: she redid her original wedding gown for renewing her vows at Turks and Caicos. But it paled in comparison to the dress she changed into after the ceremony. Of course the glamorous girl was never afraid to get down and dirty: You could also find her on her dirt bike at the track in Breezewood.

She met a guy named Mark at Gateway High School. When April came home from California she’d reconnect with him. They danced to the song “Always” and their journey had begun. Their marriage was blessed with two boys, Mark James and Josh; though April always said she was raising three boys. She is survived by her mother, Lois Meyer; two sisters, Brenda Lilly and Lois Dallett. She was pre-deceased by her dad, Harry Meyer and two brothers, Mark and Gary DeRemigio.

Come celebrate 51 outgoing years Saturday noon to 2 p.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, where there will be a 2 p.m. service. Donations to Glouc. County Special Services Edu. Foundation, 1340 Tanyard Road, Sewell 08080 will be appreciated.

40 thoughts on “April McElwee

  1. Mary Quick

    Mark my thoughts and prayers are with you Marky and Josh. April touched so many people’s lives with her beautiful smile and kind soul . She was a wonderful friend and I miss her tremendously .
    Love, Mary & Bill Quick

  2. Michaelena lydon

    My condolences to Mark, Josh and Marky; April’s kind heart, beaming smile and positive energy touched all who knew her. I am fortunate enough to have called her my friend.

  3. John and Alexis Imparato

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark, Marky, Josh, family and friends. We will remember April for her outgoing, generous, and friendly personality. She was the first to welcome us to the neighborhood. That was just her warm and loving way which made her such a special person.

  4. Sharon Frederico

    I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My heart goes out to you during this trying time and may my prayers serve as comfort to you and your loved ones. Only knowing April for a short period of time, I feel blessed. One thing that she always said to me was “It’s all Good!” and and she taught me to believe in that! I will never forget those words and I use that saying all time time. She touched my heart and life in so many ways!

  5. Stephanie Haley

    Mark,Marky and Josh, know you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. April will be missed by many. She was a remarkable human being and a truly dedicated friend. I will miss her tremendously and will cherish every moment we had together. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel<3

  6. Jim McElwee

    Mark and Family,

    My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult loss.
    Our parish will have prayers, the rosary and masses to honor April.

    The Bible conveys a message that death is not the end of life; it is
    only the body that perishes, the spirit can never die … it continues
    to live. Our Lord has said “believe in God, believe also in me…for
    I go to prepare a place for you”.

    Peace be with you.

    Your Uncle,

  7. Debbie and Joe Mendolia ~ Presidential Car Wash

    To the McElwee Family: Our thoughts are with you all… April was a wonderful person who, while we did not know her as well as some, made it immediately obvious hers was a persona that shined and had that unique ability to connect with people and make them feel at ease. Her assistance and expertise we found invaluable during a time when we considered selling property..and we looked forward to her visits to our business. April always had some great anecdotes! She will be missed! Recall the good times and keep her memory close, for doing so will keep her close to you.

  8. Barbara Gigliotti

    Mark, Marky and Josh, Words cannot explain how we feel. Going back many years yes April was quite a salesman. When she was around the job always got done. A Happy go lucky person always smiling and there to help you no matter when. April we all love you and now you can decorate and sell homes in heaven. Gone but never forgotten. We live you guys. Love Mr. & Mrs. Gigs

  9. Sheral Jackson

    My love and thoughts are with all of April’s family and friends. Especially her Mom, Sisters, Mark, Marky. & Josh. The countless number of friends too. April was an inspiration to many. She was my Hero! The smile that told everyone she was doing whatever she loved! I once asked April how she felt. She said “I don’t know, you tell me” then she grabbed me and we hugged forever! That crazy kind of hug shaking each other feeling each other, laughing so hard! That’s the kind of “sick” person she was! Never feeling sorry for herself and never wanted anyone else to. Always the positive, inspiring person. If April loved you, you knew it, she never left anything unsaid!! For that I’m thankful! Until we meet again my friend. Stop by and day hello once in awhile! Love you!

  10. Mary Spring

    My thoughts and prayers are with Mark, Marky, and Josh at this most difficult time. April will surely be missed by all who knew her. She has touched so many lives in so many ways. I will never forget all the good times we shared at Beachcomber and at your home. Please know she is now in heaven feeling no more pain and looking down on all of us.

  11. Michael Dicken

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. April will certainly be missed by all. A wonderful supporter and friend to all that she touched.

    Mike Dicken

  12. Maria Candell

    I met April one night at a model home. I had heard so many good things about her. She was a light and a bright star sitting among her peers and her smile let you know that her personality was awesome and and her kindness was genuine. She was someone that you always wanted to be around, so positive and helpful. I pray for her family now that she is gone. She was an example of courage even when she faced such darkness. I will never forget April. RIP now with the Angels <3

    Maria Candell

  13. Dottie Phelps Visker

    ❤️April was a beautiful lady and mother of two loving sons. Hardworking and loved life as I could see. She was taken too soon. We send our sincere and deepest sympathy to husband Mark and sons-Mark and Josh. And extended family and all friends and loved ones of April. Words aren’t enough in these times. She was so young. Bless you as you go forth. I will pray for your family. With love. Dottie phelps Visker (and family)
    Roseville -California

  14. Meg

    My heart is broken knowing we’ve all lost such a special woman. She was my confidant, my inspiration and my friend. No matter what I asked of her, she never hesitated, never complained , always said , “When and where Meg, count me in!” She worked hard at everything she did. Selling houses, raising funds for Autism and being a loving, caring and dedicated wife and mother.
    Mark, please know that we are all here for you and the boys….always. I love you all dearly, just as I love our beautiful angel, April. ” Always on our minds, Forever in our hearts”.
    Love, Meg

  15. Danny DeLeo


  16. Michael Donahue

    April was a wonderful person, a remarkable wife and mom, an outstanding advocate for Autism and a great friend and mentor to me. She was great person to work with and made the task of Fundraising easy, because she always had such a positive outlook on the outcome. My thoughts and prayers are with The McElwee family during this time.

    God Bless Mark, Marky and Josh


    Michael Donahue
    Interim President
    Gloucester County Special Services Education Foundation

  17. Marilyn

    Mark and Family. Words cannot express my sorrow for what you are going through. April was such an inspiration to all those who knew her. Such a loving, caring and fun beautiful person who I had the pleasure of calling friend. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during the difficult time.

    Love, Marilyn

  18. Haley De Stefano

    Mark, Josh and MJ…Words can not begin to describe how I feel for the loss of the most incredible woman I have ever known. April has always been on a journey of self exploration. Her journey was always bigger than life and always led home to the three of you. She told me that the most important accomplishment in her life was being the wife of Mark McElwee and the mother of Josh and Markie. April inspired so many people with her positive attitude, her amazing courage and her never-ending amount of love. April will always be my best girlfriend and my blueprint to being a better person. I love you all and will always be here for you.

  19. Joanne Mahoney

    So sad to hear about my friend April. What can I say about her, she was full of sunshine, always positive and had a heart of gold. April and I shared something very special and similar “our boys Marky and Zack”. April was always willing to go above and beyond when it came to special education and Autism. She made such a difference that I could never thank her enough. Our last conversation she said to me ” enjoy life, slow down and treasure every moment you have with my family and act like today is your last day here on earth”. April I’m going to miss you tremendously. We always had great conversations. I’ll keep Mark, Josh and Marky in my prayers. I’m sending hugs, strength and support to your family. Love you my friend always and forever!!!

  20. Kim Phillips

    McElwee Family,
    I knew this bright and vibrant women for only a short time. Having met her as a fellow Realtor her enegy and enthusiasm inspired me. My prayers are with you Mark, Marky and Josh. May your memories of April give you comfort and peace. She may not be here with us but remember she is always there with you in your hearts. God Bless and keep you.

  21. Alyssa Anderson

    I am so lucky to have been blessed with meeting Josh first. Becoming one of my close friends, I now couldn’t imagine my life without Josh in it. I’m so honored to have been able to meet April and Marky at Josh’s prom. I will never forget that lightness and joy on everyone’s face. To the McElwee family- my heart is with your hearts. There are no words to fill a void, but I hope you are able to find comfort and peace in this trying time.

    Sending all of the love and light. God bless.

  22. Pat Bridenstine

    Mark and family, all of your friends at JLT Chicago send our love and prayers to you during this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts. We are truly sorry for the loss your have experienced.

  23. Maxine Abrams

    Mark and Family, my deepest sympathy to all. April will truly be missed, her smile, sense of humor and of course her style. Although I only worked with Mark, mostly all the well season employees knew her and enjoyed both their company. Rest in peace my friend and family please know she will be remembered by many of us.

  24. John and Dawn O'Sullivan

    Our deepest condolences go out to you. May you find comfort in knowing how many lives were enhanced by April’s encouragement, inspiration, friendship, and love.
    She was a rare spirit in today’s world who never hesitated to engage in conversation or pay a compliment. Her love of life was felt by anyone within 10 feet of her. She will always live on through so many lives she touched. We called her Mini but she was a “mighty” force to be reckoned with. Sending our Love to all. John and Dawn (Polly) O’Sullivan

  25. Rebecca McGowan

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the McElwee family during this difficult time. Wishing you peace and courage to face the days ahead. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

  26. Brian Neuhart

    To Mark and family
    Words simply cannot express how deeply sorry I am for the passing of April. Please know that she will always be remembered as the outgoing, beautiful woman she had become. Today the heavens shine a little bit brighter with her energy.

  27. Lynne Jacober

    Mark, I only met April for the first time last summer when she came to the office prior to your vow renewal trip. She made an immediate and lasting impression on me as being a vibrant, outgoing, personable, and warm person. I left the conference room amazed at her sunny outlook and radiant smile in the light of all that she had been through. I wish I could say something that would help during this difficult time but words are never enough. It was obvious you and April had something very, very special. You and your sons are and will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  28. Janet Williamson

    Mark, Mark Jr and Josh, I send my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loving wife and mother, April. May she rest in peace. My prayers are with you.
    Janet Williamson

  29. The McShane Family

    To Mark, Mark and Josh,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I feel honored to have been a part of your hockey family. April is the most generous, caring and giving hockey mom that I have ever met. She did everything for those boys. Your family is in my prayers. Stay strong.
    The McShane Family

  30. Aries

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dear April. One day, “all” in the grave will be called to “come out.” (John 5:28, 29; 11:11, 43) Your beloved April now rests, awaiting that call. And then, “the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing.” (1 Corinthians 15:26) I hope this will bring you comfort and know that you have been invited by our Creator, Jehovah God, to “throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 83:18) “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) Take care dear ones and please accept my sincerest condolences. (www.jw.org)

  31. Gina Santiago-Stevens

    My heart breaks for you and the boys. Words cannot convey how sad I am to hear of your loss. April was such a beautiful soul and she took such good care of her family, friends and anyone she welcomed into your warm home. She was so good-hearted and such a fun person, Heaven is even sweeter for having her and we are better people for having known her. Please know that you, Marky and Josh will be in my thoughts and prayers and take comfort in knowing that you have a beautiful guardian angel watching over you.

  32. Williams Family

    I was saddened to read of the loss of your loved one. When we
    lose our loved one in death it is the most difficult
    time in our life. However, there is loving
    comfort in Psalms 55:22 to “throw your burden on God
    and he will sustain you..” Yes, no matter what you are facing
    God is there to help you get through it. May you continue to
    have the love and support from family and friends. I sincerely
    hope that this Bible message brings you
    a measure of comfort during this difficult time.

  33. Marge Rehman

    Mark, I am so very sorry for your loss, I remember April for her kindness and great sense of humor while speaking to her whenever she would call in to the office. I know you, Mark Jr and Josh will cherish all of your wonderful memories of April. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sons.

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