Newburyport, MA - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of April Marie Langis, age 42, of Newburyport, on Thursday evening, July 5, 2018, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, after a period of declining health.
Born in Salem, Massachusetts, on September 20, 1975, April was the daughter of Christina M. (Beveridge) Gissel and her husband Gordon Gissel of South Hampton, N.H., and William J. Langis of Portsmouth, N.H. She spent the first few years of her childhood in Salisbury, and then moved to South Hampton, graduating from Amesbury High School with the class of 1993. April furthered her education by receiving associate degrees in both Art and Graphic Design.
April was the administrative assistant at Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home. She was also a talented artist, working in oils, acrylic, and charcoal, as well as a graphic designer who used her skills creating wonderful digital art. She enjoyed traveling—though not by plane. From road trips to Florida and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, to many of the National Parks and states in between, to a six-week cross-country trip through the Canadian Rockies and the Al-Can Highway to Alaska, she was quite the traveler with her longtime companion and soul mate, Cyrus Rogers, by her side. Fun-filled summer months were spent at her family’s camp at Lake Winnipesaukee, and camping trips throughout New England.
April was a very kind and caring individual, loved by all who knew her. She was very sociable, fun-loving, and easy-going, with a warm, captivating smile. Her genuine sincerity was invaluable and always fully appreciated.
Those left behind to treasure the gift of her life, are her mother and step-father, Christina and Gordon; her father, Bill; her dearest soul mate, Cyrus Rogers of Newburyport; her sisters, Becky Gissel and fiancé Steve Woodbury of Maynard, and Cheyenne Langis of Denver, Colo.; her brother, Cody Langis of Concord, N.H.; along with aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, colleagues and friends, all of whom loved her dearly. She was also devoted to her animals, Slam and her three furry felines, James, Whitey, and Bulger, who followed her everywhere; and let’s not forget Frankie the turtle.
Visiting hours will be held at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, on Sunday, August 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation to honor April’s lifelong love of animals to the Humane Society at humanesociety.org/donate, or to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary at donate.woodstocksanctuary.org.
Published on  July 10, 2018