Born: March 13, 1968 - Deceased: March 24, 2022
April M. Sabolay, 54, of Belleville, IL, born Wednesday, March 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2022, at her residence in Belleville, IL.
April’s hobbies included gardening (the zinnia border at her home was famous), reading, exercising, hiking, and dancing.
But her passion was teaching. She spent almost 30 years of her life educating students, and she spent the last decades in Belleville School District #118. April was always full of school spirit and embraced the theme weeks, whether it be silly socks or ‘dress like a superhero’ day. During school assemblies, she was never afraid to display her individuality and dance fever moves! She often greeted her class with thunderous music and always a charismatic hello! She inspired her students to dig deeper into the texts, to “look for the evidence” with a critical and discerning eye. Listening to her read to her students was a true joy; she reveled in vivid words and language.
She was an educator who always looked for and saw the good in her students. “Enough” was never enough; she wanted to do better and be better for the students of District #118.
Always a force to be reckoned with, April was determined to achieve her goals. She not only talked about “what’s best for kids,” she lived it. She was a strong and vocal advocate for her daughters, her students, and the community with her words, during her participation in protests and demonstrations, and through her actions on committees.
April did not do things by halves. M & M candies? No daintily eating them one-by-one for her! No, it was by the handful! Hiking up a mountain? Yes, the higher and steeper, the better! A strong musical beat? Then she would dance with abandon, never mind the stares!
April loved her family, friends, and most especially her daughters deeply and fiercely. Her courage, her perseverance, her love of bright colors, her car blasting vintage Christmas music, her excitement about snow days, her acerbic wit and love of sneaky pranks, these are just a few memories that will be treasured always by those who knew and loved her.
One of April’s favorite poets, Amanda Gorman, says, “For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”
Shine on, dear April.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to April’s children’s college fund (“The Claire and Lilly Sabolay Revocable Living Educational Trust”, c/o Mischele Wilson, trustee) at Kurrus Funeral Home.
Funeral: Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.