Michelle MargaretMichelle Margaret Zeleny, beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, auntie, cousin, teacher and friend passed away at her mothers home May 28, 2011 under the care of Altru Hospice.
Michelle Margaret Zeleny
Michelle Margaret Zeleny, beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, auntie, cousin, teacher and friend passed away at her mothers home May 28, 2011 under the care of Altru Hospice.
Michelle was born November 13, 1965 in Grand Forks, ND to Raanne (Sullivan) and Don Zeleny. She was baptized and confirmed at Mendenhall Presbyterian Church, attended East Grand Forks Senior High and graduated in 1984. She graduated from UND in 1989 with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She later received her Master's Degree from Southwest State in Marshall, MN.
Michelle taught for 10 years in the Minneapolis area and the last 13 years in the Pine River-Backus School District where she was named Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010. Michelle was loved and adored by many and cherished by her family and friends. There wasn't a person who met her that didn't walk away without a smile on their face and a skip in their step. She was larger than life, infectiously funny and greeted everyone she met with an insanely beautiful smile that could melt an iceberg! The grace, strength and courage with which Michelle handled this difficult journey was truly inspirational and a testament to the way she lived her life. Whether you were a family member or dear friend, you knew she loved you deeply and that was an honor.
God Bless our dear "Mishy", she will be sorely missed, but she will NEVER be forgotten. "ONE DAY AT A TIME….."
Michelle is survived by her mother, Raanne (Gene) Wavra of East Grand Forks, MN; father, Donald (Marcia) Zeleny of Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada; loving sister, Mary Beth Pesch of Fisher, MN; adored niece, Kaitlyn Pesch; grandmother, Margaret Sullivan of East Grand Forks, MN; aunts, Rita (Ted) Pond and Diane Sullivan; cousins: Sean Sullivan, Casey (Darla) Sullivan, Rick (Mary) Madill, Charlotte (Stan) Copeski, Wendy (Walt) Mizinski, Gary (Kathy) Madill, Jim (Cindy) Madill, Bruce (Jan) Sandbeck, Marie (Jim) Hultman and Cal (Karen) Sandbeck; stepsisters, Angela Mihichuk and Kristi Stallmo; stepbrothers, Mike (Terri) Mihichuk and Darrin (Jinell) Wavra; stepnieces, Halle and Makenzie Wavra and Lillie Ann Stallmo; stepnephews, Jacob Wavra and Dawson Mihichuk.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harold "Snooks" Sullivan, Malania and Peter Zeleny; aunts and uncles, Olga and Bill Madill, Stella and Donald "Sandy" Sandbeck and Patrick Sullivan.
In Lieu of flowers Memorials are preferred to Altru Hospice or Hope Lodge in Rochester, MN.
Celebration of Life: 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 4, 2011 in Mendenhall Presbyterian Church, 528 10th St. NW, East Grand Forks, MN.
Visitation: 1 Hour before the Celebration of Life in Mendenhall Presbyterian Church on Saturday, June 4, 2011.
Fellowship Gathering: 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Valley Golf Course Club Rooms, 2407 River Road NW, East Grand Forks, MN.
Online Guestbook: www.stennesfuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Stennes Funeral Home, East Grand Forks, Minnesota.