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“I lost My Wife to breast Cancer in 2017 and my Brother Chet had been Friends with April for many years.. and while she was Battling it.. My Wife Was...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Shawn Law - Bellevue, IA - Friend

“We remember in infancy, Dannell holding April in the palm of one hand. April has grown into a strong young woman who will always be remembered for...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Bob and Nancy, Justin & Josh Frisk - IA

“April has a special place in our hearts and will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that God blesses everyone mourning her passing...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Dana Wood - Yorkville, IL

“Dear Amber, Dave, Aliyah, Tyler, Taryn and Breiya,I am so sorry for the loss of April.I know that this is a very difficult time for all of you. My...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Kelli Wright - Elkhart, IA

“The world lost and Heaven gained a real one April rest in paradise you will be missed ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Keana Dembry - Chicago, IL

“Fly high, April! Heaven sure has gained a sassy angel!!! ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Crissy Pagakis - Mt. Carroll, IL

“My heart is heavy for the lost of this wonderful angel. God bless you and keep you, my friend. Prayers for all who suffer this tremendous loss. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Stacey Lamp - Fulton, IL - Friend

“April was one of the best people I’ve ever met. She would’ve given you the shirt off her back if you needed it. She was such a fighter...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Sarah Rubio - Friend

“April - you will be missed. I have so many memories- many filled with hilarious moments through our teen years. You are an amazing person. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Shelly Mcelligott - Johnston


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April Lynn Friesner, 39, of Ankeny, IA passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, IA after a courageous five-year battle with breast cancer. Her sudden passing has left her family and friends heartbroken. April could light up any room she entered and was loved by many.

April was born on April 2, 1981, in Des Moines, IA. She grew up in Ankeny, IA with her family and graduated from Ankeny High School in 1999. In 2001 she moved to Savanna, IL where she would spend the next 18 years before moving back to Ankeny, IA in 2019. Before learning of the return of her cancer in 2019, April was pursuing a degree in Nursing.

April will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Amber Daniels (Dave Williams); nieces, Aliyah Friesner, Taryn Daniels, and Brieya Daniels; boyfriend, Matt Looney; her cherished dog, Bella and cat, Salem; as well as many other extended family and friends. April is greeted in heaven by her mom, Danell McDonnell-Friesner; brother, Dustin Friesner; grandparents, Thomas McDonnell, Theodore "Ted" and Phyllis Friesner; aunt, Darcy McDonnell; and great grandparents, Vincent "Vince" and Alice Gaffey.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 6, 2021, from 12-2 p.m. at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.) A graveside service will follow visitation at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. Due to COVID 19 regulations, masks are required to attend the indoor visitation.