Service measured not by GOLD,
but by the GOLDEN RULE
April Gallagher, 72, of Wooster, passed away Friday, August 21, 2020 at her home following a prolonged battle with breast cancer.
Born January 16, 1948 in Hollis, NY to Alfred and Shirley Lorenz, April moved to Plainview, Long Island, in 1953. She graduated in 1966 from Plainview High School, playing clarinet in the band and meeting there, and at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, her future husband. She attended Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, Nassau Community College, Hofstra University, and completed her Bachelors degree in English and Education from The College of Wooster in 1981.
April married her loving husband, Jack Gallagher, in 1977, settling in Wooster upon his appointment that year to the The College of Wooster Music faculty. Previously she was a customer service representative of the Bell Telephone Company.
Studies with pianists Lawrence Schubert and Coren Estrin Mino prepared her for private teaching in her home studio from 1977 until 2012, when she retired to help care for her grandchildren in Mt. Lebanon, PA. Her students included Jonathan, Veronica, and Rheanna Velasquez; David, Andrew and Rebecca Kreuzman; Matthew and Daniel Cebul; Nicholas and Hannah Zurko; Sarah and Britta Yarnell; Julian and Xavier Lubell; Sophie and Henry Gamble; Brian and Kevin Rodda; Amy and Kaitlynn Wilson; Andrew and Mindy Horst; Brian, Dan, and Sophia Mathur; Sarah and Madeline Boreman; Cameron Exner and Laurel Thompson; Christopher and Lee Matsos; and many more.
Her husband dedicated six works to April: Sonata for Piano (1973/2005), Nocturne (1976/1999), Happy Birthday, April (1976/2014), Pastorale (1978), Evening Music (1998/2009), and Souvenirs de Charlier (2020).
A teacher at The College of Wooster Nursery School from 2000 until 2012, she was presented the 2007 Teacher of the Year Award by the Wayne Association for the Education of Young Children. She continued to assist the Nursery School as a substitute teacher until 2019.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 43 years, Jack Gallagher, her daughter Kelly and son Ryan, her son-in law Parke Junker, her brother Richard Lorenz and his wife Susanne Lorenz of Plainview, NY, her beloved grandchildren Jack, Thomas, and Grace Junker of Mt. Lebanon, PA, and her nephews Christopher and Daniel Lorenz of Long Island. Her kind, gentle, giving, luminous, and uplifting spirit will be remembered forever by all she touched.
In keeping with her wishes, no calling hours or services will be held. A celebration of life may be scheduled at a future date.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036; or to Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
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