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MUENCH – Michele Anne (Murtagh)

Our wonderful daughter, sister, wife and mother passed away peacefully on April 12, 2011 in Calgary.

Born in Edmonton on November 24, 1965, Michele grew up in a home filled with activity along with two older brothers. She had a passion for athletics, excelling in soccer, figure skating and Irish dance. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree in education, Michele taught at both the junior high and high school levels in Prince George, Edmonton and St. Albert. She proved to be a gifted teacher and gained an immediate connection with her students. She later started a tutoring business in Calgary where she developed long lasting relationships with her students and their families. Michele’s greatest joy was her children. She left the classroom and worked as a stay at home mom, providing unconditional love and commitment to her boys. An unwavering faith led Michele on pilgrimages to Medjugorje, St. Joseph’s Oratory and Rome. As an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, she served the Church in many ways over the years, with particular focus on the healing and children’s ministries. Volunteering with Crowfoot Hockey, her children’s schools, the YMCA, and the ALS Society of Alberta provided other opportunities for Michele’s strong desire to help serve the community. Michele was an inspiration and blessing to many during the time of her illness. Her resolve and passion for life strengthened relationships and brought families closer together. Her quick wit, smile and warmth drew people to her and forged life long friendships. Michele was incredibly creative and skilled in decorating, sewing and craftwork. Many of her creations will last as a memory of her for those who received them.

Michele is survived by her husband Doug, children Connor and Ethan, parents Sean and Gloria, and brother Paul. She was predeceased by her brother Kevin. Michele’s family would like to thank the compassionate caregivers in Unit 47 at the Foothills Hospital, and at the Agapé Hospice.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Michele’s life at a prayer service on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church (new location, 800-85th Street S.W., Calgary).

A funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to charity of choice.

In living memory of Michele Muench, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes.

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  1. Lisa & Mason Peters :

    Dear Doug, Connor, Ethan & family,
    Although my time shared with Michele never quite made it past our visits at the boys Sunnyhill clinic, I will treasure every moment. So much laughter we shared about hairstyles and raw food diets but mostly about the love for our children and their endless activities. I will carry her in my heart always. I’m so sorry for your loss, Lisa

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  2. Our condolences to your whole family. I remember Michelle as such a fun loving person and an amazing mother. Our thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time. I had known Michelle since we were all kids being good friends with both her brothers. I will always have such fond memories of her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Michael Toal & Family

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  3. Nick & Pam Nikolakis :

    We offer our condolences in the passing of your wife, mother and daughter, Michelle. We are thinking of you all. To Sean and Gloria, we send our heartfelt sadness in losing your daughter. Michelle was a joy in all of our lives. God Bless you all.
    Pam & Nick

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  4. Pauline J. Pampu (Brown) :

    It is with deep sorrow that I have learnt of the passing of you precious daughter, Michelle.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you!
    Sincerely, Pauline

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  5. Sharon, Eric, Nick, Chris and Sarah :

    To Doug, Connor, Ethan & family
    We wish you our deepest condolences. Michele was such a fantastic tutor for Nick for over 7 years. She always had a special snack for him when we would arrive. She knew how much he loves iced tea and would have some there ready and waiting. I met Michele at ST.Peter’s Mothers support group and we had many conversations together about our family’s. She will always carry a place in our hearts. She will be missed.
    With love, The Felber family

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  6. Jan & Dick Dunnigan :

    Gloria, Sean, Doug, Connor and Ethan . . . Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers for Michele.
    Sincerely, Jan & Dick Dunnigan (Edmonton)

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  7. Jennifer Emilsson :

    To Michele’s Family
    Our families shared tears and silent prayers as we passed one another in the halls of Agape Hospice. Our loved ones share a special day when they were reunited with God and their special families waiting for them in heaven. Please know your family holds a special place in our hearts and prayers.
    The Family of Gina Lenzin

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  8. Jack and Elinor Thubron :

    To our good friends, Sean and Gloria, and to the rest of Michele’s family, we know how sad it was when Michele heard HIM call.

    We also know your strong family and faith will help see you through to a brighter day.

    We’ll be thinking of you this week and hope to see you soon after your return to Edmonton.

    Sincere sympathy,
    Elinor and Jack

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  9. Frank and Marilyn Wilson :

    Our thoughts are with you. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

    Frank and Marilyn Wilson

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  10. Sandra, Tyler, Trevor Rivest and Solomon Chebib :

    Ethan, Connor and Doug,
    Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of you during this time. We are sypathetic to your dearest loss. You are in our thoughts.

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  11. Matt, Darlene and Mitchell O'Keefe :

    Doug, Connor and Ethan,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Michele’s passing and our condolences go out to your family. We knew Michele as an awesome devoted hockey Mom. We are thinking about you and hope that your many wonderful memories as a family wil help you through this difficult time.

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  12. Barry and Marie Huber :

    Dear Doug, Connor and Ethan.
    We are deeply saddened and offer our condolences on the passing of your wife and mother, Michele. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Barry, Marie, Brett, Matt

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  13. Glenda Roberts :

    When I think of Michele, I remember the girl who sat in front of me in chemistry in high school, the woman who planned a fabulous 15 year reunion, but most of all, a friend who supported me when a very close friend was battling cancer. Despite the challenges she was facing, Michele always took time to be there for me. She was truly an amazing woman, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Glenda Roberts

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  14. Doug, I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your wife. I hope your family and friends can give you the support you need at this difficult time in your life, take care.

    Phil Rochon.

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  15. Doug, Connor, Ethan, your parents and your wonderful family and circle of friends,
    Now and again, a patient I nurse touches my life in a very special way. It’s a connection I had with Michele. It was a gift to be able to take care of her, a pleasure to do anything for your family, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be part of that wonderful team taking care of her. From the time I listened to the special choral music she had playing at her bedside, to trying to get a smoothy machine to work in the kitchen, to watching, with awe, at your commitment to really care about her comfort 24 hours a day, I was struck by this same deep connection you all had with each other and she had with you. Many times she mentioned how blessed she was to have you all in her life. My deepest condolences to you at this time. Reading the obituary is another reminder of just how much of a loss this is to all of you and I am so sorry for that. May the memories you have of her, her indomitable spirit and the legacy she has left you, be a comfort to you all in the future.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Mandy

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  16. Simon and Jessica Chuong :

    Doug, Connor, Ethan and family
    We were saddened to hear about Michele’s passing. Our deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Michele was a wonderful person full of life and grace. She will be deeply missed by everyone she knew. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  17. Although we did not know Michele personally, we did know her through my sister Joanne…she emailed us and kept us updated so we could pray for Michele and you, her family. We grieve Michele’s passing almost as if we knew her but we believe that one day we will get to meet Michele in Heaven, our eternal home. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  18. Genevieve Schulte :

    Dear Doug and Family,
    I never had the honor of knowing Michelle but, Doug, I have known your dad for years and now he lives in our condo. My heartfelt sympathy is extended to you and I ask God to be with you during this most difficult time. The loss of one’s loved one is always so hard to accept but, reading about Michelle, I have no doubt but that she is now your angel in heaven and will always be near to you and your children. God bless. Gen Schulte

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  19. Evelyn Steeves :

    It was through my sister, Joanne Edwards, that I got to know of Michele’s circumstances after she became ill, and even though I did not know her personally, it was a pleasure to pray for her and for you as a family. It seemed that through these conversations and in praying for her, that I felt like I knew her, and am deeply sadden by her loss. One day I believe I will meet Michele in heaven and get to know this precious lady. I am very sorry for your loss and will continue to pray for you and your family at this diffiult time. May God Bless You!

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  20. Sandy and Sally Williams :

    Sean and Gloria, So sorry to hear of Michelle`s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Will be in touch later. Our sincere sympathy. Words cannot suffice. Sally and Sandy

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  21. Elizabeth Solecki on behalf of the U of C Faculty Women's Club :

    Dear Doug and Family, It is with unthinkable sadness that we have to say good-bye to such a warm, spirited and successful woman. We hope that you and your family find peace in the memories of Michelle as you celebrate a life well lived and loved by those who knew her. Our thoughts and sympathy are with each of you. The Faculty Women’s Club, University of Calgary.

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  22. Darrell & Betty Amatto :

    Dear Doug and Family

    We are so sorry to hear of Michele’s passing. She was so very special and touched the lives of everyone she met. The hockey community will not be the same! You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Darrell, Betty, & Mitchell

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  23. Joan and Gibson Brown :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Gloria and Sean. Our sincere condolences.

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  24. Lynn and Bobbie Patrick :

    Sean, Gloria and family, Our deepest condolences on Michele’s passing.

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  25. Mark Sulz and Family :

    Dear Doug, Connor, Ethan and family
    The hearts and thoughts of my boys and I are with your family at this time. I know that no words can bring relief to your family at this time but I hope the coming days and months will ease that.

    Gloria and Sean, what can be said. We love you.

    Mark and the boys.

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  26. Merle Shugg & family :

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Hugs to you all

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  27. Colleen Muench :

    Doug, Ethan, and Connor
    I cannot imagine how hard it is to say good-bye to your Michele. I did not know her well, but each time I had opportunity to visit with her, I always felt good….she had such a positive energy, that just made me feel good to be around her.
    These last few years have been so hard for you. Even though I have not seen you or let you know, I have been praying for all of you. I will continue to do so, knowing that the spirit of her presence will bring you peace.
    I am not able to be with you for the funeral service, but will pray for you and for Michele.
    Peace.
    Colleen

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  28. Darlene Archer :

    To: Doug, Connor and Ethan Muench:
    Just a note to express my condolences on the passing of your dear wife and mother. I only met Michele once while watching a hockey game when Connor and my grandson, Aaron Archer were playing. I introduced myself and she recognized me as Chyenne Archer’s mother-in-law. As a result we had a wonderful conversation sharing our journey of faith as we walked through the valley of cancer. Me, with lmy son, Dale and she with her own diagnoses. I asked Chyenne frequently about Michele and was grieved to learn of her passing. However, that one conversation joined us as fellow believers in God who has promised to be with us through all the trials of life. May that same faith sustain you throughout the coming days, weeks and years. My prayer for you is that God will give you strength to face the future knowing that your loved one is with Our Heavenly Father, Sincerely, Darlene Archer

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  29. Michelle Hooper & Murray Pettitt :

    Sean, Gloria, Paul, Doug, Connor and Ethan.

    We were very sad to hear about Michelle’s passing. We have been thinking about you and are keeping you in our prayers. Our sincere condolences.

    Michelle and Murray

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  30. Dear Doug,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your wife Michele. I unfortunately never had the chance to meet her, but based upon the person you are I can only imagine how amazing she must have been.

    My thoughts are with you.

    Glen

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  31. Randy & Kim Mowat :

    Doug, Ethan and Connor

    Our sincerest condolences on Michelle’s passing. We are very sad to hear this news and our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless.

    Coach Randy and Kim Mowat

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  32. Sean and Gloria,

    I have great memories of Michele babysitting Sean and Erin many years ago and how we used to talk through the fence about school and skating. She was always smiling. We are all so sorry and send our love,

    Judi, Erin, Sean, Cailin and Kelly

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  33. Troy Harkness :

    Dear Doug, Connor and Ethan,

    We are so sorry about about the passing of your wife and mother. This is truly an unspeakable loss. Our thoughts are with you always. Michele was very special to us. I will always remember being there when you first met Michele after the Oilers won their last Cup, and of course the hot tub party a few nights later. I regret that we couldn’t see each other more often, but I do hold dear the fact that we were able to maintain our friendships over the years. We wish we could have done more for you guys over the past few months, but are comforted by the fact that you have a wonderful family and circle of friends in Calgary who were able to provide the support needed.

    Alex, Terra and Troy

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  34. Dave, Marilyn, Darren and Michael Martin :

    Doug, Connor and Ethan;

    We were saddened to hear of Michelle’s passing and of your loss. Her spirit will live on in the hearts of all the people who’s lives she touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  35. I was very saddened to hear of Michele’s passing.

    I had the pleasure of knowing Michele at St FX where she inspired so many with her humour, warmth and humanity. I know that she continue to touch all she met in the years that followed.

    My sincere condolences to your family. I will keep you and her memory in my thoughts and prayers.

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  36. Bernadette Murtagh (sister in law) Gerard Murtagh (Nephew :

    Dear Uncle Sean and Aunty Gloria,

    Mum and I would just like to say how truly sorry we are about the loss of Michelle. At times like this words seem so inadequate.

    All friends and family and all of those who care for you are wishing.

    If only companionship could ease the hurt.

    If only caring from others could lessen the pain.

    If only friendship could shorten the time to recover.

    If only understanding could stay the tears.

    If only they would.

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