Obituaries

Casey, Michelle

December 14th, 2009

Casey, michelle Michelle Casey, age 38, of Billerica, passed away on December 14, 2009, peacefully at home with her family at her side, following a courageous battle with kidney disease.

Born on July 31, 1971, in Lowell, MA, Michelle was the beloved daughter of Rosanne DiMonte of Billerica and John Casey of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Michelle grew up in Billerica, MA. She was diagnosed with kidney disease as a young girl and received a kidney transplant from her mom when she was 12 years old. The transplant was a success allowing Michelle to live her life to the best of her ability and fulfill some of her dreams. She was able to graduate with her friends from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in 1989, pursue a career in Pharmacy, and get certified as a Pharmacy Technician. Michelle worked in various pharmacies, most recently at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire.

In her free time, Michelle enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also joined a gym purely for the use of the pool and became a very skilled swimmer.

When Michelle’s transplant started to fail, she once again started dialysis treatments which took up more than 14 years of her life, but again Michelle faced her illness head on. As her body started to break down over the years her interests became more home-based. She spent countless hours on Facebook connecting and re-connecting with old and new friends or in front of the t.v. watching her favorite crime dramas and movies.

Michelle will be fondly remembered as very loving, kind, and caring. She had an endearing personality and a smile that would light up the room. She handled her illness with courage, style, and grace, setting an example for all of us to live by.

Besides her parents, Michelle is survived by her brother Shawn Casey of Nashua, NH, her grandparents Carmella and Pasquale DiMonte of Seabrook, NH, her aunt Margie Ochoa of Key West, FL, half-sister Carolyn Casey of Brooklyn, NY, her many friends, and her faithful Abyssinian cats, Zahra and Minkah who provided her with great comfort no matter what her health condition was.

Michelle’s family will be receiving people at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, December 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Memorial Service celebrating Michelle’s Life at 12:00 noon.

In lieu of flowers donations in Michelle’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation online at www.kidney.org and click on “Make a Gift”.

For online condolences and directions please visit www.nicholsfuneralhome.com

Michelle and her family would also like to send a big thank you to each and every one of her friends who have always been there for her. A special thanks to all the dialysis nurses at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington for all the special care and love they gave to Michelle as well.

Michelle Casey, age 38, of Billerica passed away on December 14, 2009, peacefully at home with her family at her side, following a courageous battle with kidney disease. Born on July 31, 1971, in Lowell, MA, Michelle was the beloved daughter of Rosanne DiMonte of Billerica and John Casey of Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Michelle grew up in Billerica, MA, she was diagnosed with kidney disease as a young girl and received a kidney transplant from her mom when she was 12 years old. The transplant was a success allowing Michelle to live her life to the best of her ability and fulfill some of her dreams. She was able to graduate with her friends from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in 1989, pursue a career in Pharmacy, and get certified as a Pharmacy Technician. Michelle worked in various pharmacies, lastly at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire.
In her free time, Michelle enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She also joined a gym purely for the use of the pool and became a very skilled swimmer.
When Michelle’s transplant started to fail, she once again started dialysis treatments which took up more than 14 years of her life, but again Michelle faced her illness head on. As her body started to break down over the years her interests became more home based. She spent countless hours on facebook connecting and re-connecting with old and new friends or in front of the t.v. watching her favorite crime dramas and movies.
Michelle will be fondly remembered as very loving, kind, and caring, she had an endearing personality and a smile that would light up the room.  She handled her illness with courage, style, and grace, setting an example for all of us to live by.
Besides her parents, Michelle is survived by her brother Shawn Casey of Nashua, NH, her grandparents Carmella and Pasquale DiMonte of Seabrook, NH, her aunt Margie Ochoa of Key West, FL, half-sister Carolyn Casey of Brooklyn, NY, her many friends, and her faithful Abyssinian cats, Zahra and Minkah who provided her with great comfort no matter what her health condition was.
Michelle’s family will be receiving people at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Sunday, December 20th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Memorial Service celebrating Michelle’s Life at 12:00 noon.  In lieu of flowers donations in Michelle’s name may be made to the National Kidney Foundation online at www.kidney.org and click on “Donate”.

For online condolences and directions please visit www.nicholsfuneralhome.com.

Michelle and her family would also like to send a big thank you to each and every one of her friends who have always been there for her.  A special thanks to all the dialysis nurses at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington for all the special care and love they gave to Michelle as well.

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22 Entries in Guest Book for “Casey, Michelle”

  1. Lisa Gatta says:

    I will miss you forever friend. You finally have the peace you have sought after for so long. Rosanne.. my heart goes out to you and your family. Both of you are the most courageous women I have ever met and you have both influenced me greatly.. Love you.. Lisa

  2. Michele Sawicki says:

    Sorry for your loss. Michelle was one of the nicest people that I have ever met.

  3. Carolyn Casey says:

    Rest in peace my sweet little sister. You have left a hole in my heart, but my heart is whole from the memories of our life together.

  4. Krista Wood says:

    michelle will be missed every day by every one. she is finally at peace. it takes an extremely strong person to take such control but it takes one of equal, if not more strength to let go. love you rosanne….krista and nina

  5. Jean Hanafin says:

    I am soo sorry for your loss. Michelle was a beautiful person inside and out and I will miss her everyday!

  6. Debbie Riley says:

    Rest in peace Michelle. I will forever cherish all the great times we have had together. You will always be in my heart. I love you. Rosanne, my heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Laura Tsolas says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Shawn and family.

  8. Jean Hanafin says:

    I am soo sorry for your loss. I will miss Michelle so much. Finally, she is at peace.

  9. Joan Stanley says:

    Rosanne, Shawn and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Michelle will be dearly missed by all.

  10. Ann Ampollone Prevete says:

    Rosanne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Michelle will be missed by so many people and she will never be forgotten. She is finally at peace. Michelle was the bravest person I ever know.

  11. Bobbie Weilbrenner says:

    Rosanne & Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Michelle is finally at peace and in the Lords hands. My deepest Sympathy is with you. Michelle will be missed by all.

  12. Aunt Margie Ochoa says:

    My dearest Michelle, I miss you so. I know you are finally at peace and I promised you that I would be happy for you. Although tears flow I will remain loyal to your wishes. Your spirit will live on in all our hearts.

  13. Phil and Terry Dussault says:

    Roseanne and Family,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Michelle’s passing. We both have fond memories of working with her at Merck-Medco. She always had a smile and a great sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Casey family. May God bless you and your family during this time and always.
    With Sincere Sympathy, Phil and Terry Dussault

  14. Bill Pedreira says:

    Michelle,

    Even though our friendship began only a few years ago, it will live on for years to come. I am very thankful for the time on earth that we got to spend together. You took a piece of my heart along with you. I will never forget you!

    Love Bill

  15. crissy Inocencio says:

    You will be missed. I may known and taken care of you for a year,but you left a big spot in my heart.Your one of my special ones.

  16. Bill Pedreira says:

    Rosanne & Family,

    Michelle and I were brought together under the worst of circumstances. Dialysis was a terrible experience for me and she helped to make it bearable. Every time that I thought I couldn’t take anymore, I would look across the room at her and couldn’t help but be inspired at her courage and determination. She helped to make me a stronger person. In meeting Michelle, I was also brought into her family and made to feel like an extended member of the clan. Words can not express the sorrow that I am feeling for each of you – Rosanne, Shawn, Carolyn and Jack (Zahra and Minkah too!). I hope that we can continue our relationship. I made a promise to Michelle that I would check in and see how everybody was doing and also to play with her cats. They are going to need some extra TLC in her absence. She loved them so. Thank you for letting me into the family.

    PEACE – Bill

  17. Jennifer Tsolas says:

    Thinking of you Shawn.

  18. Gail Noble says:

    To Michelle’s Family,

    I only met Michelle a couple of times. I had the priveledge of walking with her and Bill at the Kidney Walk at the Franklin Park Zoo. She was a kind and generous person. I am sorry for your loss. She will be missed by all her friends.

  19. aaron says:

    I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea. The setting sun
    tinted her white sails with a golden light and as she disappeared from view
    a voice at my side whispered “she is gone.
    On the further shore a little band of friends had gathered to watch in
    happy expectation. Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail and the very
    moment when my companion had whispered “she is gone” a glad shout went up in joyous welcome “here she comes”.

    peace

  20. Tammy says:

    Many great memories I do have , they will live with me forever… Your bright smile and loving nature will be missed, RIP Michelle…

  21. yvette deviller says:

    Although Michelle and I were separated in life at times, we always were able to pick right back where we left off. Im so grateful for the last several years where we became bff’s again. She was a beautiful bridesmaid in my wedding in 1993. And she was able to meet both of my children before she passed. She was always my fellow rebel ready for anything. She was one tough chick who was the first to laugh at herself (and me lol). She wanted no pity and dealt with the hand of life she had received. I’ll forever miss her but I’m so glad she’s finally “FREE”.

  22. Kelly Morris says:

    You are now at rest and in a peaceful place allowing you to do everything you have ever wanted to do. I am just happy you were part of my life. I will miss you dearly and only hope I could be a couragous as you were in your final days. You will always be in my prayers and I hope to see you again someday.

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