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.