Michele
Michele was born Michele Mary Leahy in 1949 to Lawrence and Patronella Leahy in Wenatchee, WA. Michele fought a brave and valiant fight against ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease). She lost her battle on May 11, 2011 surrounded by a room full of family and friends. Michele worked at Chadwick School for nearly fifteen years in both the Village School and the Office of Admission & Financial Aid. She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Denise. She is survived by her daughters Jessica Vroman (Jason) and Jacqueline Sugarman (Matthew), her companion John Nash, and adoring grandchildren Cole and Nicolette. She is also survived by countless friends who were an immense support to her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the ALS Association in Michele's honor. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 11:00am to 3:00pm with the Rosary service beginning at 2:00pm. The funeral mass service will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 10:00am followed by the burial at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. A reception in Rice Mortuary's Lighthouse Reception Room will be from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline

Guestbook

  1. Jessica,Jason, & Cole, I only met your Mom once but I wanted you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Sarah, Alfred, & Annabelle Gaskin

  2. Michele was a kind, thoughtful, generous, and brave woman who handled herself with courage and dignity. Rest in peace my friend.

  3. I am shocked and saddened at the recent news of her passing. I wasn’t a close friend of hers but her sweet smile spoke all the words for her. I’ll never forget her. Ken M./Carson

  4. I am sorry for your loss. Michele was a great person. I was able to connect with her through E-mail while she was still working at Chadwick. She was such an inspiration to us all. She will be missed.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of Michele. My brother, John, has told me how wonderful she was. And he has told me many times how proud she is of her daughters. I am grateful that she was in his life. He adored her. I wish I could have spent more time with her and that I could have driven to all her services.

  6. Michele! Thank you for gracing our lives in our shared renewal of the Gift of Life and Loving. You are remarkable and memorable for your love and caring nature. I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven. Pray for us all as we pray for you. Love. Chuck

  7. Michele! Thank you for gracing our lives in our shared renewal of the Gift of Life and Loving. You are remarkable and memorable for your love and caring nature. I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven. Pray for us all as we pray for you. Love. Chuck

  8. What a wonderful presence Michele brought to all of her work at Chadwick. I will always appreciate the kindness, compassion, humor, and positive spirit with which she worked. She truly made Chadwick a better place to be! I send a wish for peace for her family as they go through this time.

  9. Michelle and I go back fourteen years. We shared stories of grandchildren and/or children and she was the recipient of many of my attempts at humor. Our family were shocked and saddened to hear about her passing and we would like her family to know what a wonderful person we held her to be. The LeMesuriers

  10. Michele Norlin…I met you on one occasion…you helped me with some paperwork i needed to submit asap. You answered all of my (probably annoying)questions with such warmth and friendliness as if we had been longtime friends. You have touched our family in more ways than you will ever know…Thank you…

  11. Michele helped me many times over the years and was always so pleasant to work with. When she told me of her disease I was deeply saddened but she was still so upbeat. Before Michele left Chadwick, I thanked her for all the time she had spent helping me and gave her a hug, knowing I would not see her again. I will never forget what a wonderful, caring and compassionate woman she was.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook