ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved mother.
We will love, cherish and hold her in our hearts forever.

April took her last peaceful breath on this earth on March 2, 2021.
She was born April 9, 1948 to the late William and Virginia Heid.

A teacher by trade, she believed in the importance of investing in education.
She studied at Westminster College and Indiana University. Post graduation, she started working as a teacher and then in a day care center, when her son Zak was born.  
April hit her stride when she started working in the Nordonia Hills School where she inspired the next generation.  She also had a home away from home supporting at a Brandywine / Boston Mills Ski Resorts where she left a lasting impression as the “Mama Bear” for 100’s of ski instructors. An avid reader, April loved the English language and continued to imprint the importance of a vast vocabulary. She was a great listener and was known to frequently state: “You have two ears and one mouth for a reason.” April’s great passion was to learn and she remained a student in the classroom of Life. She served as a role model, teaching in the Nordonia Hills community for 25 years until her retirement in 2011.

Traveling was another great love. She spent summers with her family road tripping across the United States exploring small towns and historical sights listening to John Denver and Neil Diamond as loud as possible. April loved adventures and was the first one to hit the slopes, enjoy horseback riding and swimming or book a spontaneous trip. After a tragic fall, spinal injury and subsequent strokes left her wheelchair bound, she continued to explore the world around her. Island adventures, swimming with dolphins, and the occasional cruise, she was never bound by her physical disability. Her dream of an idyllic retirement came true when she packed up her belongings and relocated from Cleveland, Ohio to the seaside town of Southport, North Carolina. Surrounded by friends old and new she found her perfect town. April always made friends everywhere she went. Her sunny disposition, positive attitude, charisma and good humor made for instant connection.  Self described as aloof, those that spent five minutes in her presence knew that they made a friend for a lifetime. Community was important to April, she always stated that “It takes a village” and every new person who met her; be it at a friends gathering, church, doctors office, or emergency care workers immediately joined her village. The act of contributing to others was equally important to her. Many days she would be seen riding her wheelchair in the rain to Dosher Memorial Hospital where she volunteered as a receptionist. As a frequent patient herself, she understood the importance of a warm, friendly face. 

Her life motto was “Some days you teach and some days you character build.”
She was definitely a character! Her quirkiness was evident in her love for funny hats and vast array of frog ornaments. Her larger than life character, even manifested in her iconic bright green VW bug. As an only child and divorcee, April was fiercely independent. Equipped with her wheelchair, she loved nothing more than to explore the quaint stores, picking up treasures made from local artisans. April was known for her vast jewelry collection, with pieces she picked up on her travels that matched her eclectic personality. She enjoyed art and frequently volunteered at art fairs.  April loved to laugh and spend time with her friends. Mondays nights she’d pop into The Pub in Southport to hang with lifelong friends Rick and Linda. Fond of her Jim Beam and water, and good bites she’d support local establishments like Provisions, American Fish Company and Loco Joes. She enjoyed wine and loved popping into Silver Coast Winery and Southport Cheese Shop to collect local cheeses, spreads and interesting jams. Sundays were spent watching her beloved Cleveland Browns.
You can take the girl out of Ohio, but she will remain a supporter of Believeland.

April was determined. Once she set her mind to something she would move mountains to accomplish her goal. After a stroke impaired her mobility she trained for months to be able to walk her son down the aisle at his wedding. Safe to safe, there was not a dry eye in the audience as she braved those heroic steps. One of the best wedding memories was watching April dance with her son Zak to their song, Bette Midler's “Wind beneath my wings.” April achieved many things and impacted lots of people but her greatest pride and joy was her son Zak. Both only children, they remained a tight family unit until the end. Frequently talking several times a day, reminiscing about past memories and insider jokes. Even on the hard days, they loved each other fiercely. When Zak married Cecile, she referred to them both as her children. Her dream of becoming a grandmother came true and she lit up when holding Kiyan, her grandson. Her capacity to love continued to expand even when life kept throwing her curve balls. Having faced several setbacks from countless falls, strokes, surgeries and illness, she remained optimistic, kind and light hearted. In her final days at Cypress Pointe, she is fondly remembered by the nurses for her sense of humor and loveable nature. 

 A carefree spirit, she used every opportunity to live life on her own terms.
From her quirky voicemail “Who knows where I am or what I’m doing, but I'm not able to answer the phone right now... leave a message” to her Thanksgiving tradition of calling with “Gobble Gobble” turkey sounds, she will be sorely missed by many. Our only solace knowing that she is now pain free and her soul is “Walking on Sunshine” in Heaven.

Left to cherish her loving memory is her son, Zak Siddons and Cecile Raubenheimer and grandson; Kiyan Siddons. The Raubenheimer family, York family and countless friends and loved ones.

Per her final wishes there are currently no services pending for April.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Lenibug Foundation in her memory would be appreciated
Posted by Kevin Peacock on March 12, 2021
April mentored me my when I first came to Lee Eaton Elementary School. She looked out for me and was so caring. She was a joy to work with and was amazing at getting kids to love writing. I will cherish the memories such as meeting her at an Irish pub with my wife for a fun evening!
Posted by cheryl prosen on March 12, 2021
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with April when i worked in Lee Eaton Kitchen many years ago. We Waited for her to come in the kitchen just to talk make us laugh and show us her latest finds in jewelry . Nordonia has lost a great one, Soar with the angels Ms Siddons.
Posted by Diane Dillon on March 9, 2021
My deepest condolences to you Zak and your beautiful family. Your mom was loved by so many. She touched countless lives at Nordonia and will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss. With heartfelt sympathy, Diane (Klem) Dillon
Posted by Krystal Canzoni on March 7, 2021
Zak, Cecile & Kiyan,
Jason and I wanted to send our deepest condolences. We were so sad to hear of your moms passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
With Sympathy,
Jason & Krystal Canzoni
Posted by Margaret Gerhardstein on March 6, 2021
I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing, Zak. I have such fond memories of her. I can still hear her laughter. She was a wonderful person who always made me smile. You have my deepest sympathy and my heartfelt prayers.
Posted by Pat Kecskemety on March 6, 2021
Zak and family,
Please accept my sincerest sympathies. April was one-of-a-kind and certainly touched many through her years at Nordonia, students and staff alike. I have fond memories of my time working with her. Thoughts and prayers to you during this time,
Pat Kecskemety
Posted by M Dziura on March 6, 2021
I am sorry to hear of April's passing. but glad to know that her earthly struggles are over. My deepest sympathies to you, Zak, and your family. I am grateful that I was able to reconnect with her a few years ago at her NC apartment.
Posted by Ashley Gomula on March 6, 2021
So sorry to hear of her passing. She was my 5th and 6th grade teacher and honestly one of my favorites. She was so great to all us kids and she made learning fun! She will be dearly missed. ❤
Posted by Betsy Gallace on March 5, 2021
So sorry to hear about April’s passing. May she Rest In Peace. And may all your memories fill you with smiles always.
Luke 20:36 For they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and children of God...
Posted by Kristina Sutton on March 5, 2021
I’m so very sorry to hear of April’s passing. She was a dear friend of mine from our time together at Lee Eaton. I worked with her in the early 2000’s as a multiage teacher, and she was one of the best teachers I’ve ever known. Her kids just loved her, and she had such a way of bringing out the best in every one of them through her words of encouragement and “don’t sweat the small stuff” attitude. Zak, you were the highlight of her life, and she was always so proud of the man you grew up to be. You and your family will be in my prayers during this time.
Posted by Gail Hyde on March 5, 2021
I was very sorry to hear of April's passing. She was a wonderful Teacher and neighbor in the area I lived years ago. Her son Zak and my son were/are great friends. To Zak, his beautiful wife and precious baby, I send my heart felt sympathy. May God cover all of you with his comfort and love. And may April be unrestricted and free to dance with the angels. ♥️
Posted by Kathy Parker on March 5, 2021
My sincere condolences. April was a truly special lady who gave out so much love and light. I admired her greatly and was so blessed to work with her and to be blessed by her friendship. I have many happy memories of working with her at BMBW, visiting her in Southport, and of taking our ski school office girl-trips to the Keys. She was so much fun but had true grit, and made everyone feel special and loved. We will never forget her. ❤️
Posted by Margie Erickson on March 5, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear April passed away, but know she is laughing and dancing now.
The oldest cousin in the Heid family, we saw her every Christmas at Grandma's house for the family's Christmas Eve get-together and again in the summer for family picnic. She was always laughing and full of energy - just like Uncle Bill (her dad).
I'll always remember her wild personality.
Posted by Mandy Capel on March 5, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of April's passing. I worked with April for one year while at Lee Eaton elementary and thought she was the sweetest person! Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. 

With Sympathy, Mandy Capel
Posted by Cynthia Knapik on March 5, 2021
She was truly a blessing to everyone she touched, i was honored to know her through Nordonia School Schools
Posted by Michele Gillombardo on March 5, 2021
So sorry to hear of Aprils’ passing. Such a sweet, fun and full of energy lady! I know she will be missed by so many. Hugs and prayers.

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Posted by Kevin Peacock on March 12, 2021
April mentored me my when I first came to Lee Eaton Elementary School. She looked out for me and was so caring. She was a joy to work with and was amazing at getting kids to love writing. I will cherish the memories such as meeting her at an Irish pub with my wife for a fun evening!
Posted by cheryl prosen on March 12, 2021
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with April when i worked in Lee Eaton Kitchen many years ago. We Waited for her to come in the kitchen just to talk make us laugh and show us her latest finds in jewelry . Nordonia has lost a great one, Soar with the angels Ms Siddons.
Posted by Diane Dillon on March 9, 2021
My deepest condolences to you Zak and your beautiful family. Your mom was loved by so many. She touched countless lives at Nordonia and will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your loss. With heartfelt sympathy, Diane (Klem) Dillon
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Shared by Linda Maresh on March 5, 2021
I knew April many years ago , when both of us taught in Lorain County. I know she developed a strong and loving friendship with Linda and Rick York. That friendship grew over the years, so much so, that I think they thought of her as part of their family. They shared many happy times together and brought so much joy into April’s life. I would like to extend my condolences to her family and friends. RIP dear April