Michelle

 Michelle MacDonald

Michelle Marie MacDonald passed away peacefully

in hospital on 21st April, 2020.

Michelle was the adored mother of Daniel, Ben and Sarah. Much loved daughter of Vera and Gordon (dec.) and treasured sister of Carol, Leo and John.

A limited family service will be held at Lilydale Memorial Park on Thursday 30th April commencing at 11.30am.  This will be livestreamed and all are welcome to join in.

A private requiem mass will follow, with this service being recorded and available to view at a later date upon request to the family.

(Please click on the link below to view the livestreamed service.  If there any problems with this link, please visit the website of Belinda Jane Video and enter Michelle's name in the required field).

Tributes

  1. R and M Forde on April 26, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Fond memories of a dear and much loved friend who passed from this life on 21/04/2020
    Heartfelt sympathies to Daniel, Ben and Sarah and to Vera,
    Carol and family and to her brothers Leo and John.
    We are honoured to have known Michelle as a friend for so many years and will treasure the wonderful memories we have of her,especially the many happy times shared with her.
    A kind and sweet lady, a woman of strong Faith who showed great courage during her illness.

    Always in our prayers, dear Michelle.
    We will miss you – but we will remember you at the Altar of God, as promised.
    Rose and Michael Forde and family.

    Rose and Michael Forde and family.

  2. Annette Hosie on April 27, 2020 at 3:37 am

    Our most heartfelt condolences to Daniel, Ben and Sarah on the sad loss of your beloved Mother.
    Our sympathy to Vera, Carol and her family, Leo and John on the loss of your daughter, sister and aunty.

    We are keeping Michelle in our daily prayers and will have a Mass offered for the repose of her soul.

    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her, and may her soul rest in peace. Amen

    Annette, Alphy, Tom, Pat, Dan and Beth Hosie

  3. Inga on April 27, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    There’s a saying that I found, which goes: “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength”.

    That saying could have been written especially for Michelle how we remember her.

    Extending deepest sympathy
    For Sarah, Ben and Daniel in your loss.
    Our heartfelt condolences to Vera, Carol, John and Leo with families.
    And hoping too, that comfort and peace may come to you.

    Our hearts go out to you and your family at this difficult time

    Inga & Luke

  4. Damian and Theresa Arthur and children: Matthew and his wife Christina, Genevieve, Alexander, Angela, Imogen, Ursula Jude, Chantal, Samuel and Blaise on April 29, 2020 at 5:33 am

    Our family extend our sincerest sympathy to Michelle’s mother Vera, her siblings Carol, Leo and John, and her children Sarah, Ben and Daniel.

    To add to what other friends have already said, which echo our sentiments, it seems that God has added a special touch to our precious memories of our dear friend, Michelle. In a more “normal” time Michelle’s funeral and burial service would have been a “packed house” with many friends spilling out the doors, so greatly and widely loved was she – yet just as she (like her sister), was quiet and unassuming – so too will be her humble funeral. 

    Few people have earned what we witnessed Michelle was blessed with: she was carried into eternity on a train of Holy Masses offered for her by Father Eldracher; an octave of them just prior to her day of passing, with the novena finishing off just after she passed. In addition to Requiems offered for her locally, Bishop Dolan in USA, from whom she was given much support and counsel during life, is offering a Requiem Mass for her on his Privileged Altar. The Good Shepherd looks after His own.

    Our family have been greatly edified for many years by this valiant woman who bore her trials with a marvellous patience. We will continue to pray for the repose of her soul – and for solace to her grieving relatives. May God bless you all!

  5. Ian Smith and family on April 29, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Our heartfelt condolences to Daniel, Ben and Sarah on the loss of your great friend and loving mother. We are richer for knowing her and sad to learn of her passing. A truly good person who will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your grieving relatives.

    Vale Michelle

  6. Ian and family on April 29, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Our heartfelt condolences to Daniel, Ben and Sarah on the loss of your great friend and loving mother. We are richer for knowing her and sad to learn of her passing. A truly good person who will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your grieving relatives.

    Vale Michelle

  7. Felicity Mackin on April 29, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    My sincerest condolances to all of Michelles family, and prayers, thoughts and love for your difficult loss. A dear friend and inspiring example of a strong Faith, we have lost a treasure in you Michelle. Thank you for showing us the road to Heaven and how to bear it bravely, you were very strong, patient, humble and happy in accepting your illness and last end. I thank you for the many edifying conversations about God, and our Faith and all of our chats I will miss dearly, and I thank you for your sweet friendship. I will never forget you dear Michelle, and I look forward to the day we meet again. My love and prayers always. May Our Lord God Almighty shine His ever perpetual light upon her soul and may she for ever rest in peace.

    Felicity Mackin

  8. Natalie Weinzettl on April 30, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Our heartfelt condolences to Daniel, Ben and Sahra on the loss of their beloved mother.
    She will be sorely missed and always remembered.
    Our thoughts are with you and your Family
    Natalie, Aden and Kobe Weinzettl

  9. Jacinta and Stephen on April 30, 2020 at 2:48 am

    Condolences to Michelle’s children–Daniel, Ben and Sarah–and Carol. She, and her family will remain in our prayers.

    It has been an absolute privilege to have known Michelle; her example of humility, generosity and charity to others will be what we remember her for.

    It is said that as you live, so shall you die, and I think Michelle’s death is a fine example of this. Her life was centred on her Catholic Faith. She was rewarded with time to prepare for her end, and showered with graces from Masses that were offered for her in her final days.

    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.
    And may the perpetual light shine upon her.
    May she rest in peace,
    Amen.

  10. Howard Proctor on April 30, 2020 at 3:10 am

    A lovely tribute to a life well lived. Vale Michelle. Condolences to the MacDonald and Bateman families and Carol and Eric, from a fellow Norlane High School Classmate.

  11. Georgina Tobolov (Robinson) on April 30, 2020 at 4:28 am

    Condolences to Michelle’s family. Fond memories of High School days.

  12. Inga & Luke on April 30, 2020 at 8:58 am

    There’s a saying which goes: “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength”.

    That saying could have been written especially for Michelle how we remember her.

    Extending deepest sympathy
    For Sara, Ben and Daniel in your loss.
    Our heartfelt condolences to Vera, Carol, John and Leo with families.
    And hoping too, that comfort and peace may come to you.

    Our hearts go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

    Inga & Luke

  13. Rae on April 30, 2020 at 11:35 am

    It was a privilege to be able to join Michelle and Carol’s family – even remotely – in honouring her life, and to learn more of what a remarkable person she was. Her attitude towards life and death should serve as an example to us all. As a colleague of Carol, I offer my deep condolences and prayers to their families, and to all those who were so blessed by Michelle’s presence and will feel her absence so deeply. May God’s peace and strength rest upon you all.

  14. Francesca Hulme on April 30, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to Michelle’s family and thank you for allowing us to attend her funeral. It was a lovely celebration of her life. I will always remember Mishy as a strong, softly spoken, determined woman of faith with the best smile and love of life. It was a absolute pleasure working with her at Dandenong and an honour to have her as a friend. Mishy was a blessing to us all and will be sadly missed.

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