Patricia (“Pat”) Mae Michael was born May 1, 1950, in Oak Harbor, WA to Frank & Catherine Vande Werfhorst. She died on February 6, 2016, in Boyne City, MI, at the age of 65. Our sister, cousin, mom, aunt, grandma, and friend is wholeheartedly loved and missed!
Pat lived an abundant life which included childhood years on a dairy farm with nine siblings and instructions in the ways of the Lord. Pat is survived by eight of those siblings: Aldine (& Ron) Leistra of Tigard, OR, Frances (& Les) Curtis of Oak Harbor, WA, Marilyn (& Howard) Vander Griend of Sully, IA, Eileen Hale of Gallup, NM, Frank (& Deena) Vande Werfhorst of Camano Island, WA, Bill Vande Werfhorst of Everett, WA, Jerry (& Katherine) Vande Werfhorst of Oak Harbor, WA, and Sharon (& John) Lusk of Oak Harbor, WA. Pat was preceded in death by her parents and her second-born sibling, Sylvia Kuhuski. Pat was married to Warren Michael for 36 years and had two children and three grandchildren: Jeff (& Karen) Michael, Celine, and Avery of Yakima, WA, and Daryl Michael, Eliana of Boyne City, MI.
Pat positively impacted lives in a variety of states over the years (especially Washington, New Mexico, and Michigan).
Through her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (Yakima Valley Community College), Pat served others by putting them before herself.
She spent decades caring for others in such places as the Riverview Manor (Selah, WA), Good Samaritan Health Care Center (Yakima, WA), Holland Home (Grand Rapids, MI), and the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital (Yakima, WA).
She also sacrificially dedicated years of her life caring for family in Washington and Michigan. Pat’s character blessed all those with whom she interacted.
She loved spending time with family and close friends. Some of her favorite activities were reading the Bible, going for walks, playing board/card games, helping others with their indoor/outdoor home tasks, supporting family members’ extra-curricular events (concerts, sports, etc.), serving in various Christian churches over the years, and baking/eating desserts.
Family and friends used words and phrases like the following to describe her: giving, persevering without complaining, possessing a fun sense of humor, sharing quality time, listening well, speaking the truth in love, loving God, and being fearless, genuine, and a calming presence.
Although the final 15 years of Pat’s life included a battle against breast cancer that spread to various bones, Pat relied on Jesus her Savior and His strength to help her thrive unto the end. She was blessed even to the extent of singing worship songs to Him in the final hours of her life.
In keeping with Pat’s wishes, she was cremated without a funeral as she desired to be remembered through her interactions with people when she was alive.
She requested any memorial contributions please be sent to Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC), P.O. Box 927, Petoskey, MI 49770.
The family would like to thank the staff of Michigan’s Hospice of Little Traverse Bay for their loving care for Pat during the final two months of this chapter of her eternal life.
The family would also like to invite those who love and miss Pat to join them at a dessert open house at the Community Service Center of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Boyne City (326 N. Park St.) on Saturday, July 16, from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
We look forward to the return of Jesus and being reunited with Pat as the best is yet to come!