Michelle Kay (Linebaugh) Francisco, age 56, of Lowell, entered the presence of her Lord on March 30, 2018. She passed from this life at Mercy Health, St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids following a heroic battle with cancer, under the care of Faith Hospice. Michelle was born on August 7, 1961, in Belding, Michigan, to Delbert Franklin and Karen (Brownell) Linebaugh. She graduated from Belding High School with the Class of 1979, continuing her education at Grand Valley State University where she was a 1993 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital, Zeeland Community Hospital, Metron of Belding and most recently for Holland Home as Executive Director of Fulton Manor. She married Duane “Dewey” Francisco on February 16, 1985 at Belding United Methodist Church. Among her many life accomplishments, she served as Chairperson of the Michigan Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee for several years. Michelle was always energetic and looking forward to her next adventure with family and friends. She was a true example of selflessness, living the Bible message out each day. Her commitment to her community and worthy causes was endless, as she served on the Belding Area Chamber of Commerce, the Belding Apple Fest, Labor Day Celebration Committee and was a founding member of the “B” Foundation, among many other worthy causes
The memory of Michelle will be cherished by her dear family including her husband, Dewey; her son, Matthew Duane Francisco, parents, Delbert and Karen Linebaugh of Belding, brothers, Peter (Leah) Linebaugh of Belding and Marc (Mikayla) Linebaugh of Belding; a sister, Margo Reeves of Belding; nieces and nephews, Kyleigh, Hannah, Brooke, Levi, RJ, Brock, CoraJo and Isaac; and several aunts and uncles, brothers- and sisters-in law, cousins and countless close and dear friends.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday, April 4, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Verdun Family Funeral Home, 303 S. Bridge Street, Belding, Michigan 48809. Michelle’s life will be celebrated at her Funeral to be held at 12 Noon on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Belding High School Auditorium with Pastor Ron David officiating. The family will also greet visitors at the school prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Lowell. Those wishing to express their sympathy are welcomed to consider a donation in Michelle’s memory to the “B” Foundation or Holland Home.