Thinking of you and how proud you must be of Kathleen! Love you Shell!
Gosh Michelle, I was at your Dad's funeral today. What a beautiful family you belong to. I had not previously seen your photos on your site here, it helps me know you better. I am sure your parents are with you forever and what a nice time to reconnect at Christmas.
Hi Auntie. You popped into my day. You taught me so much. Love you forever. XO
Love. It's been a long 5 years but short at the same time because i can't believe you've been gone that long. Until we meet again <3.
Miss you Shell! Lainey named one of her dolls Shell in honor of you. Love Mugsmerelda!
Thinking of you today and always beautiful sister! Hope John and Mom are singing "Happy birthday" and For she's a jolly good fellow". Missing you always! Love you Mugs
Thinking of your Mom this evening! We miss her!
Thinking about you Shell! I miss you!!!!
I love you so much. I am so proud you are my mom.
miss u <3. Love you so much Mom.
i miss and think about you everyday.
and beside my heart there's a place for you, and in my mind i'm with you once again**
nobody said it was easy
it's such a shame for us to part
i'm going back to the start*
~ the scientist
To Billy and Katheen, I have been thinking of you guys and know that this is a time of on-going memories and thoughts of your mom. We miss her very much. Bill you take care... Kathleen, I thought of you today while in Chicago because I was attempting to make a call to my collegue Kathleen Connelly, and almost dialed you again. last time I did that you were visiting your Grandma Ennen... Lunch would have been swell!... Again, you two are on my mind. Love, your Uncle Mark
Missing you today and always!
Thinking of you. I now have a neighbor in your old office. Not the same... I miss our conversations and still tear up when I reminisce. Miss You.
Love you so much.
Happy Birthday to you! Miss you today and always little sister. Bet you and mom are catching up and raising Cain.
Miss you so much. Happy 50th Mom
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, i love you so
Love and miss you so much Mom.
The first sign of wisdom is to get wisdom; go, give all you have to get true knowledge. *Prov 4:7
**So glad I did. Luv you so so much
Love and miss you so much mom.
Miss you so much!
Missing you so much and wish you here to celebrate Annie's big day <3.
Mom, wish you could see the pillow cases Neen gave me for my birthday, they are beauuutiful and exactly your taste, you would've loved them! :)
"and i wish you would've stayed"
Missing you so much and wishing you were still here Mom
Miss and love you so much <3
I wanna see you again. But i'm stuck in colder weather
miss you on my bday mama. Love you so much <3
Love you soooo much :) <3 <3
Really crummy without you Shell, Love&MissYou Neen
Love you so much and miss you <3
Love and miss you so much
My condolences for your loss. I'm wondering if this is my cousin, Michelle L. Ennen who has passed? My dad told me that I have a namesake cousin (whom I've never met). I've been trying to research some geneology to name our baby and ran across this site. My father is John A. Ennen III from Onamia, Minnesota.
THK you so much for everything you taught me. I am so grateful for all the lessons, both good and bad. They were both EQUALLY invaluable. I hope EVERYONE can strive to replicate your strengths and learn from your mistakes. You were truly a light. I'd like to think that that light continues to shine, even just a little a bit, through Billy and I.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in
The palm of his Hand
Merry Christmas! I miss you so much. Love from your big sis!
Love you so much and miss you. Think of you all the time
thinking about you lots Mama.
everyone keeps complaining to me about their mom's on facebook. i wish you could still annoy me on it :)
im turning 19 next week mom, wish you could be there with me to celebrate.
MISSSS YOU so MUCH SHELL!!!! Love you every day in my heart...Neen
we missed you this weekend at Mary's cabin, Mama. thinking of you always.
Love and kisses to u.
I missed u yesterday on your big day. Wish you could've been here to celebrate
Happy Birthday Michelle!Thought about you all day. I miss you
Happy 4th Mommy. Thought of you lots this weekend :)
Michelle thinking of you always and keeping a special spot where I visit with you.I miss you!
Love little sister,
Thinking of you Michelle. Peace be with you. Susan
I love you miss you miss you.
Dear Kathleen, I am feeling your love so very strong for your mom in heaven, and she feels it every day! You mom was so sweet and you are too! Love to you and I send my love to your mom!
Michelle, until we meet again, you are always in my thoughts.
To everyone who's lost someone they love
Long before it was their time
You feel like the days you had were not enough
when you said goodbye
Happy Mother's Day Mama :) Love and miss you so much <3
Leen <3 <3
Love you and thinking about you. <3
i love you so much and i loved our dream last night :)
Leen bean <3
love love and love to you.
my dream about you made me happy :)
Love you mom,
"The bond of lovegrows in time and takes on new power by enduring." LOVEandMISSYOUsoVERY,VERY,VERYMUCH-neen
Mama~ you were very very very much at missed at Grandma's 90th birthday party!! :) She looked great and sported one of the coolest rings you've ever seen!
So it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were <3 <3.
Love you so much mom.
You are beyond beautiful.
i love you so much <3
I feel such sorrow for your loss, maybe it's because everything you write applies to my broken heart. I miss your mom and John so much, I know things will never be the same for those of us who have experienced such sorrow.
Love you so much!
"A mother's love is instinctual, unconditional, and forever."
Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
~ Elizabeth Stone
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."
~ Mark Twain
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother."
~ Abraham Lincoln
i love you so much and miss you
miss you on my birthday. you always made them so great :)
love you so much and miss you mom.
"You don't know how lovely you are
I had to find you, tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart."
“'You'll get over it...' It's the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone u love is to alter ur life forever. You don't get over it because 'it' is the person u loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not erased by anyone but death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of u & no one else can fit."
"That's how people go on forever, you know, because somebody takes them along."
Love you mama. I was thinking today how we always wanted to go to New York together but never got around to going. i'll have to go one of these days in honor and remembrance of you.
Love you so much and miss you everyday,
*To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
i will never forget <3
i love you so much. i miss you.
Mama~ everytime i go into the Starbucks by my new place i for some reason always flash back to the one in Wayzata where we used to meet. i wish i would've savored every single second of those moments
Happy Valentine's Day.
Been thinking about you a lot and missing you so much.
Love your big sister Mugs
Miss you Michelle!
love you so much
Thinking of you always mama. Love you so much.
love you so much and miss you always!
merry x mas mom :)
Merry Christmas! ShellBell, "The bitter tears over the grave for words left unsaid and good deeds undone." Stowe. I made you a Bee-Hive Christmas Village on a log!! Filled me with your Love, Laughter, Beauty.' Michelle my Bell'- your song, Soft & Strong. Earth has no Sorrow that Heaven cannot Heal-God Bless your Soul Forever. "M and M"issssssssssing YOU!"Arrrrl,do it Shell" LOVE, Neen
Happy Thanksgiving Michelle! I am thankful for you and all of our talks and memories that we shared over the years. Love and miss you always!
I miss you so much.I know Neen is missing you,it' been hard for her without you.Peace my beautiful sister.
Love from your big sister,
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."
It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.
Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
Love you so much and miss you.
i was looking at your Mommy and Me board from the wake today. You were truly an amazing mother just like you were all other things.
miss you so much,
i know you would love to see one of your favorite neices get married today. I will be your eyes and ears :)
We will all miss you today at Sara's wedding, like we do everyday. I think about you often! It's comforting to know that you and John(being godmother and godchild) are angels together. I wish you much peace and give John a big kiss from me.
Your ever loving sister,
i love you so much and miss u♥
Love and kisses from your daughter.
<3 Kathleen <3 <3
Sara just had her shower at Mugzy's house. Wish you could've been there like you were at the same place, around the same time last year, but i know you were there in spirit; definitely not forgotten.
My Best Friend-
I miss you and think of you daily. I miss our long conversations over lunch. I miss the stories. I feel blessed for having known you and I'll never forget the moments we shared.
I love you,
Mom~ i cannot believe that it has been a year. i wish everything could've been different.
Hey Kathleen and Bill - September 10 is my Dad's birthday. He would be 95! Your "Great Uncle Dick" died at the age of 63, almost 32 years ago. Not a day goes by that he's not with me.
Your Mom is with you always. Pray to her and talk to her. She'll guide you.
Love, Uncle John in Texas
Leen and Bill,
I know how hard September 6th is going to be for you guys. Please know that I'm here for you if I can help in any way. I mean that with all my heart! I miss your mom and her quirky sense of humor.I pray that she,s at peace.
Love your auntie Mugs
I will never forget ♥
thx for helping me tonight Anne and Colleen :)
I'm going up north this weekend, i will be thinking of you :)
Miss you and love you always,
Mama~ I thought of you on your birthday and even more at Mary's cabin this past weekend. You would be so proud of Muggo and i know how happy it makes you that she's doing well. :) People tell me they think you're visiting them in their dreams. Keep up the good work. :)
Dear little sister,
I missed talking to you on your special day. I know you would have given us your bestest smile. I know you and Johnny angel are celebrating this special day and it brings me comfort!
With much love,
July 15, 2009
Happy Birthday to my dear dear friend.
Miss you and remember you always.
I miss you loads, and I still kind of can't believe you're gone. I was looking at some old pictures the other day and found some of you at various family events. They're not the same without you now. I miss talking to you, getting advice from you, listening to your hilarious stories. (the one about Bill and me and the sand, the story about Grandpa tearing through Grandma's kitchen), I miss your laugh and the twinkle in your eye, I miss your visits and phone calls. I miss you. I love you, and I hope that your in a batter, happier place.
Dear Michelle, I miss you. I am married now. You would like her I think. I am also expecting a baby girl, Helen. I wish you could meet them both. You are in our thoughts everyday. Love you forever.
Hello to everyone who misses and loved Michelle,
Today is Memorial Day and a few of my Auxiliary Sisters and I went to Mound Cemetery for the service that honors our fallen Veterans and those who have served. However, it is not just a day to remember those who have served in the Armed Forces. It is also a day to remember those who's service brought us joy and happiness every day. Like Michelle, remembering her kindness, her never ending helpful nature to make sure everyone around her was happy and taken care of. Surely, she did not want to leave us, but I'm sure she felt some peace knowing that she was leaving the people she loved most in the care of an extraordinary family and very special friends. As I remember the people in my life, that I have loved and cared for, I write this in tribute. For the great ones are few... and many.
Ladonna Bredemus Werdal
Amy, Beave, and I went to your grave last night. Neen has beautiful flowers planted there :)
Kathleen and Bill,
Thinking of you two today, knowing how much you miss your Mom. We think of you often. With much love, Mark and Mugs
if u were here i'd snuggle w/ you and plant a kiss on ur cheek!
i love you the best.
Thinking of you, and your family!
To the Ennen family -
I was so sorry to hear of Michelle's passing. I heard about her death just last week when I ran into Marge Klick.
On behalf of the VanVorst's (Don, Donni, and Nancy) to all the Ennen's, our deepest condolences.
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
We disagreed on a lot but i think it was just because we were so much alike. and i think everyone could see that :) and I have not forgotten anything you'd ever taught me, my creepy memory won't let me.
Cousin Dave is now getting married, he's also expecting a baby, Melissa is pregnant, and of course Sara's getting married. I would we could've done a shower together but i know you'll be there.**
...I see your beautiful Mommy, Leen in your eyes and smile*
*Dearest Kathleen, The love your Mommy has for you is more encompassing than the fullest moon. She is within you always and forever. Love does not let go*
*I've remembered you... remember me*
I miss you! I hope you and John had a ball mixing things up here on earth on Christmas. I feel both of you in my heart. Christmas is not the same, everybody misses you both. Tina knows and so do I that you were here. Sending all my love!
Your big sister,
Hi Auntie Michelle....I will be sad on this first Christmas without you. I found a great picture of you and Grandpa crica 1987 at an Ennen's picnic. Remember those? Anyway, you look fabulously beautiful and Grandpa looks suspicious, with that pursed grin he throws out there. I miss you tons! Lots of people do, like hundreds of people....I know you are in peace now. Love your niece - Amy
Dear Kathleen and Billy,
I was feeling pretty lonely this thanksgiving (Mike was in London, Pat and Barb in California visiting Billy & Becki, Bridget & Leif in Iowa), until I remembered that I am part of a family that will always welcome an extra Ennen at a holiday meal. I was greeted with open arms at the Ennen Thanksgiving and (after a DELICIOUS meal), left feeling anything but alone.
I was thinking of you two this Thanksgiving, and after my day with the Ennens realized that no matter how alone you might feel, you always have the huge, wonderful, loving Ennen family to turn to.
Hope to see you both in the coming month!
Dear Bill and Kathleen, We were missing you guys at Kathy and Greg's last night. We keep you two in our thoughts and prayers. We understand that the holidays can be especially difficult as you remember your mom's warmth and loving ways.
You two will always keep her memories alive. I hope you guys are doing well. We love you.
Love, your Uncle Mark and Auntie Mugs
Dear Kathleen & Bill,
Michelle asked that we never forget her...how could we...how could I? I still see her everywhere...in cars, in crowds, walking down the sidewalk. I often think of her laugh, her raised eyebrow, her fingertips touching her chest when she was about to confide or tell a great story. Michelle was always "all about" being who she was, and giving of who she was to all of us...unconditionally. We all learned too much and had too many wonderful experiences with Michelle to ever forget her. Life has many gifts and our time with Michelle was one of the greatest. I will always remember her...I will always try to pass on her example of goodness...of truly caring for those around you.
Barbara Peitso Ruhl
I am so sorry for your loss. I just learned of Michelle's passing today from a mutual friend. Michelle and I had lunch over the early summer and she called me when she accepted her new position. Michelle and I worked together at Star Tribune and I had a great deal of respect for her work ethic, problem-solving skills and terrific sense of humor. She could always break the tension with a hearty laugh. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God bless you.
Michelle (or Chellie, as I was one of the few to be "allowed" to call her!) was my first cousin. She was the youngest of my Uncle Joe and Aunt Eileen's 10 children. I was the 8th of my parents Dick and Kathryn Ennen's 9 children. We grew up together. Went to Uncle Joe's lake together. And all the family weddings and big events. I knew Chellie her whole life, but really got to know her well in our college days.
Even though I was older by a few years, we attended college at the same time. She as the "U" and me at Augsburg. We studied together several times a week for a number of years. There would sometimes be others in our group...many times, just Michelle and me. Our conversations when on break and driving back and forth from the library were always full of energy and discourse. Chellie had an exceptionally sharp mind, fluent in many topics. At times I struggled to keep up! But being the older wiser cousin, I would just "nod" and agree and the conversation would continue.
Our circle of friends melded. I even dated several of her friends, and reports are, she mine! We vacationed to FL for Springbreak. What a riot...what I can remember of it. My best friend Mike Brandes and I crashed Chellie and her roommates' apt in Ft. Lauderdale, and it all seemed so natural. She was friend, a confidante, a cousin and a woman I admired.
We would sit for hours sometimes outside Uncle Joe's house after a long night at the library. We never tired of dispensing our wisdom on the "uninformed" while sitting there. She was fun...quick...sentimental in many ways. She loved family and tradition. She was passionate and inquisitive. She was relentless and competitive and so much more.
I hadn't seen nor really talked to Michelle much the last few years. But every so often we would talk on the phone, me in TX, she in MN. Or see each other at an infrequent family function. Yet, it seemed I always picked right back up with Chellie at the point we left off last. She would give me that sometimes "gravelly" voiced "Cousin John!" exclamation when I mentioned my particular Republican view of things! That was always a button to push to get Michelle started! And we loved the banter with each other so.
Since Michelle's funeral and loving family gathering, I have thought often about my Uncle Joe and Aunt Eileen's family in MN. And many of the cousins I saw that week. How close we are. How blessed we are. How gloriously our parents worked to raise, educate and nurture us. The love and support at Michelle's service reminded me of so many wonderful blessings in my life. Especially of my own family now...wife Mary, and sons Zachary, Jacob, Tanner and Garrett. I was reminded that I was blessed to have Michelle in my life and to have shared so much with her.
I miss and love you, Chellie.
Kathleen and Billy,
I want you to know that you had a wonderful mother that really made an imprint on my life.
I met your Mom at Applebee's in Maple Grove. She came in to visit on Sundays to order dinner and we would chat for at least a couple of hours each time. She would catch up on my life and I would hear stories about your lives (show me pictures too). I remember a picture of Kathleen (I think it was prom), you look so much like her...what a lucky girl!!! She was so proud of you two and it showed as there wasn't a time that she came in that she didn't tell me a story or two about you.
Your mother helped me to add the finishing touches to my resume that aided me in getting a promotion at work...she was so encouraging and sure that I was going to get it that I didn't have a doubt either.
She was a great inspiration to me and I am deeply saddened that this world lost such a great woman.
Take care and never forget what an imprint your mother made on everyone around her!
We were all together last night at Bridget's house missing you. I know you would have hated the games we played! I made sure I won for you. I know it is so hard for Kathleen and Bill to not have you in their lives, you were a wonderful mom. I am going to miss your entries in John's guest book. You always had a special way with words. I love and miss you every single day. Hope you and John are raising cain up there. Give John a big hug for me.
i reflect on your guidance almost every day since your passing. They say you never truly appreciate what have until its gone and now that you've passed on there are so many more things that i'd like to talk to you about. You and i talked almost everyday and i felt that we had a special bond that cannot be filled by anything else in my life.
A hole lies in the place where you were, and i everyday i try to muster up the strength to get over what has happened. In this point in my life i could use your guidance, love, and care that you loved to do so much. You will always be my mother and i love you so very much.
I miss you!
Sara and Ryan are now engaged and starting to plan their wedding for next year. I know you would have been so excited for them and the upcoming wedding. You are greatly missed but most certianly not forgotten. I think a lot about all of the late night talks we had when I lived with you for the summer. I feel so privledged and blessed to have had all those private moments with you. Listening to all your stories and advice. I will treasure those moments always. Love and Miss you!
Dear Kathleen and Bill,
You are in my thoughts and prayers every day. How lucky your mom was to have such wonderful children like you. I was honored and emotionally charged by you mom's request that I sing at her funeral...and the fact that she asked that she not be forgotten during one of our last visits with her, made your song choice so poignant.
Your mom will not be forgotton and will forever be remembered for the sweet intelligent women she was. We miss her and loved her very much. We will be there for you.
Love your Uncle Mark
Dear Ennen family:
So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in our prayers.
May God bless you all.
I miss talking to you. I know you gave John a big hug for me. You wrote that John was soothing the souls of the angels,I know that he is soothing yours. Thats just the special kind of person John is. It gives me peace knowing that the two of you have each other, although we all miss you both so much! Peace to you my beautiful sister. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!
Love from your big sister,
In Praise of Michelle
I miss Michelle.
We spoke all the time. On the phone or at her house or at the farmer’s market with Lou, buying flowers for her front windows. When she was born my mom brought her into my grandma Winnie’s house on the west side of St. Paul where my brother Steve and I had been staying for a week. My mom unfolded the blanket containing Michelle, and she was yelling at the top of her lungs. For most of her life since then, she never really stopped talking.
Her stories from work and neighborhood were spun with imagination, stories that were more than mere narrations of events. They were re-imagined epics, painted as they might have occurred or could have happened if she could have directed the people. There were no minor characters. Virtues were exaggerated and flaws darkened. Events dovetailed in a tight framework of astonishing coincidence and fantastic endings. Movies could be made from some of her stories, such as, “The Kidnapping of Whiskers the Cat.” Were the stories true? I don’t know. Was Jonas really swallowed by the whale? It doesn’t matter if profound stories are accurate. It matters what they tell us.
Michelle was kind and beautiful and smart. She was a woman of great decency who read people well and was able to accomplish much in her life because people trusted her. She had drive and mental toughness. In the smallest details her pride showed, her makeup, her hair, the pictures on her walls. She would sometimes be outraged over perceived slights and challenges to herself, and yet deep inside in places you couldn’t see, she was fragile. She fought hard, and maybe she fought as hard as she could in recent years, and even all her efforts were not enough. Not all things are possible.
She could talk about anything from politics to fine crystal and China patterns, and always with a warmth and a common sense rooted at the kitchen table. She loved my mom and dad, and analyzed in the greatest detail their actions and words. She believed that understanding who my parents were would explain who she was. She often talked about which traits she got from my dad and which from my mom. Family dynamics and social interactions were discussed in great detail. She didn’t have much knowledge about things - such as how to work a screwdriver - but she knew everything about people.
Michelle forgave. She had a friend I had never met that she did things with, not her imaginary childhood friend Louise Bede, but a real person. Some rift occurred between them. I don’t remember what the offense was, but the upshot was that Michelle was through with this friend. Then years passed and she was telling me about seeing this friend again. I asked about her former stance of, “that’s it; through with that person forever”. She said to me, “Yeah, that’s true; she did that thing that made me mad, and if I think about it, it still bugs me, but then I remembered what it was I love about her. She has this one endearing quality, this thing about her that I just adore. I have to look for these things in people and accept them for the things I love about them. I can’t make everyone be everything.”
Michelle had blind crazy love for her children, and talked about them all the time. Bill and Kathleen might be surprised to learn how much I know about the results of Bill’s algebra tests or Kathleen’s tennis scores.
It was sunny the day Michelle died, with clear blue skies. In years to come maybe every day that is sunny will be Michelle day for me, a day of memory. On one of the last days before she died - when she still had the strength to speak - with the greatest effort she whispered, “Don’t forget me.” I know my memories of her will fade. That’s why death is so tragic. We can’t keep what is lost. But there will be moments in the years to come when unexpectedly, with some random event - the sound of a car door slamming or a sudden breeze - she will be uncovered, and I will be electrified with who she was, and for that instant she will be back: almost the smell of her and the tone of her voice.
Michelle was one of us.
Peace be with all of you. Again another Star Tribune friend. Michelle and I shared the same birth date and every year made it point to celebrate just a little. She was a terrific, supportive and geniune person. She gave her all to anyone that needed it. Kathleen and Bill made her world go around and then some. My prayers are with you at this time
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Michelle's passing. Michelle and I worked together at the Star Tribune for ten years. Our children were of similar ages and this was an added bond. Michelle's humor, spirit and energy were evident to all who met her. She was a highly motivated professional and caring mother. Although out lives took different paths and we lost touch apart from the occasional Christmas card, I have always considered her a friend and hoped we would one day re-connect. My prayers are with her family.
Dear Ennen Family,
Michelle worked with me for several years at the Star Tribune. I was blessed to cross paths with this brilliant, driven woman. I was pleased to help promote her several times; each time she more than earned it. My most touching memory is walking across downtown Chicago late in the night in January, 2000. She comforted me on the loss of my son, Greg, who died of cancer that past Summer. We laughed, we cried, we walked in snow and had one of the best conversations of my life. Michelle has left us for awhile, but I know I'll walk with her again...
Kathleen, Sweetheart - I am so sorry about your mom.
Ray, myself, Nik, Tim, Heather, Ava and especially Caitlin want you to feel that our heart is with you and your family as you struggle to make sense of how this loss of your mom, can be of strength for you in the future.
Right now, I'm sure it only matters that you willl miss her so much... so until that time, that you can feel any healing ,please know that with Jesus, your Hope, and the promise He gives you is that He understands what you are feeling and is waiting to heal the hurts, no matter how deep they are, and that He knows your mom did the best she could, with what she knew, in hope that you would learn, grow and come to trust in Him in a way that would bring glory to Him and her life.
We love you!
Cheryl, Ray, Nik, Tim, Heather and Ava!
God give you all peace!
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that happy memories bring you comfort. My thoughts are with you.
To the Ennen & Everson families~
I met Michelle years ago through my dear friend Julie Everson. I recall what a beautiful person she was. It's apparent she lived her life as a beautiful, loving & very loved person. You are all in my prayers. God bless you at this difficult time.
The Ennen Family - Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort as you remember Michelle with a smile in your heart.
(friends of Mugs & Mark and Mary & Dick)
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. May the difficult days ahead be lessened by her warm memories & the knowledge that she is with the Lord still watching over you.
I was tremendously saddened to learn about Michelle's death. I worked with her in classified ads at the Star Tribune in the '80s. She was smart and funny and very professional, and I'm glad I had the chance to see her at lunch not long ago with some other friends. I know she will be terribly missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
I last saw Michelle in 2001. I stopped in at the paper for a visit after I had suffered my stroke. Michele was the same beautiful person as when we worked together in the Classified Dept. My thoughts and prayers to her family.
IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I,VE HEARD OF YOUR LOSS!.WHEN I WAS VERY YOUNG GROWING UP IN NORTH MPLS WE USED TO WALK TO YOUR STORE.AND THROUGH MARK EVERSON MY GOOD FRIEND THROUGH SCHOOL,THEN THROUGH STEVE AND THEA MEETING SOME OF YOUR FAMILY .I,VE ALSO CONSIDERED STEVE A GOOD FRIEND. AND ALSO THROUGH THE TRAGEDY OF JOHN EVERSONS DEATH PROBABLY SAW AND MAY HAVE VISITED WITH YOU.I LOST MY STEP BROTHER THIS WAY AND MANY FRIENDS AND DO KNOW THE HELPLESSNESS FELT IN THESE SITUATIONS.BUT THIS DOES NOT MAKE IT ANY EASIER.I WOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW YOUR FAMILY IS IN OUR PRAYERS,AFTER I HEARD ABOUT THIS FROM MARK WE PRAYED ,WE WILL CONTINUE TO, ALSO WILL PUT HER NAME AT OUR CHURCH SO SUNDAY YOUR FAMILY WILL BE IN THE PRAYERS OF OUR ENTIRE CHURCH.SHE IS NOW IN THE PLACE THAT HAS BEEN PREPARED FOR US IN HEAVEN!!.SINCERELY AND WITH GREAT SORROW FOR THIS LOSS YOUR FAMILY HAS SUFFERED RANDY SOPPELAND
To The Ennen Family
I am so saddened by the death of Michelle.We met a few short months ago and became fast friends. She touched my heart in a very gentle way and I will truly miss her and particularly our long telephone conversations each day.
To the Ennen and Casserly families:
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world not possibly born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Anais Nin
May God wrap His loving arms around you at this time of sorrow.
Our deepest sympathy,
To the Ennen family:
My heartfelt prayers and sympathies are with you and all of your families during this time. She was a spirited, smart woman with a lot of class. Hold tight the wonderful memories you have of your beautiful mother and friend. May God be with you all.
Dear Kathleen, Billy and Family,
I had the opportunity to work with your Mom at Star Tribune. She had a gift for using the english language unlike any other, was one of the most intelligent people that I have met and as you know loved you dearly. While I don't know either of you well, I feel like I do from all of the wonderful stories she shared, she was so very proud of you. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. A former Star Tribune Employee.
Kathleen, Bill and the Ennen family:
I am deeply saddened by Michelle's passing and very sorry for your loss. Michelle was an inspiration and a loyal friend.
Michelle and I first met in 1982, working in classified at the Star Tribune. We lost touch for several years after I left the newspaper, but our lives intersected again and we'd been fairly close for the last two-to-three years. We shared similar challenges and she was a source of great support and encouragement to me, as I hoped I was for her.
Michelle had two favorite topics of conversation: Kathleen and Billy. Her face lit up when she talked about the two of you. She was so proud of you both and all of your accomplishments. You brought her a great deal of joy and happiness.
I'm thinking of you and praying for you.
To the Ennen family -
I am so sorry to hear of Michelle's passing. Although I have been out of touch with Michelle for several years, I have fond memories of or school days, first at St. Annes where, seated alphabetically by the nuns, we always sat next to each other, then at DeLaSalle where our friendship continued.
On behalf of all the Faust's to all the Ennen's, our condolences.
To Michelle's family
Words can not describe how sorry I am for your loss. Kathleen and Bill, I worked with Michelle at Star Tribune and as most everyone else has mentioned, she thought the world of you and spoke of you often. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Dear Kathleen and Billy
Michelle Ennen was an incredible woman. I will always remember her gifts and there were many. The one I am most grateful for is her bravery. Michelle connected people -and in our case this meant a marriage. We are truely sorry for the loss of this incredible mother, friend and colleague. Love, Kate Kelly and Ben Taylor
you were so beautiful i miss you so much.
I worked with Michelle for a brief time at the Star Tribune in 2000, when she was Director of Classifieds. I held her in high esteem and she was very supportive of my career during that short time. I am sad to hear of her passing and wish her survivors all the blessings of peace and forgiveness
I am so sorry to hear of Michelle's passing. I worked with Michelle at Star Tribune; she was a smart, driven professional who cared about her work. She also cared so very much about her family, especially her children. She would always have a story to tell about her kids and she would light up when she shared good news about them. I hope this gives you strength during this difficult time of loss. My thoughts, prayers and love to all of you. Sincerely, Chad Brown, former Star Tribune colleague
Dear Ennen Families,
It is truly a hard thing to loose a parent, child, or sibling. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. I was a good friend of Michelle's from De La Salle. We shared many great times and laughs and that is how I will always remember her. She was full of fun and life and it will be important to have her live on that way in your memories. My Deepest Sympathy,
Kathleen, Billy, Uncle Joe, Aunt Eileen and all my dear Ennen cousins,
I’m so sorry for the loss of Michelle. She was a wonderful person and a very special cousin. I’m so grateful for the many good memories I have of her. A common theme throughout these tributes is her wonderful laugh, I couldn’t agree more. Just thinking of it makes me smile, I can hear it clear as a bell. As you begin to heal I hope you too will be able smile when you think of her.
I am so sad. What a shock for all, Michelle's family and friends. All that can be said is not enough -- I've had a catch in my throat all day. Peace be with Michelle. Peace to you Kathleen, Bill and Mike.
Dear Kathleen, Billy and family,
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Michelle for all the years she was part of the Star Tribune family.
The memory I will cherish most about Michelle was her hearty laugh. We had many, many laughs over the years and that is how I shall always remember Michelle...laughing.
Dear Ennen Family,
I worked with Michelle for several years at Star Tribune. She often talked of her family, especially her children, and I know by the way she talked about you she loved you all very much. I'm sorry for your loss and hope your memories will be of comfort in this difficult time.
Kathleen, Billy and the rest of Michelle’s family – My heart goes out to you all at this very sad time. Michelle was such a full of life, fun, caring person that exuded enthusiasm and passion with everything she did. And at this time, when you all are holding on to each other to get through the sadness, I hope the following thought will help in some small way:
I believe when we lose someone so dear, our brain (and our heart) captures the wonderful details about that person so permanently that we remember more about them over time than those that we see regularly. As you remember those details and time eases the pain, you will find yourself smiling – even laughing at moments, expressions, and special times with Michelle. And … she will be smiling and laughing right back … because that is who she was.
Friend and former colleague at Star Tribune
To Eileen, Joe, Maureen and all of the Ennen family. I have not seen Michelle in years, but I was your neighbor at 2702 Newton Avenue North back in 1970-1974. I had three kids while I lived there, divorced and now have 6 total. Michelle and Maureen babysat for me, as well as a couple of the boys. I adored Michelle and Maureen and had hoped that my daughters would grow up to be just like them, and they have done just that. Even though I have not seen them for many years (34). I have often thought about Michelle and your whole family. You are one of my best memories from when I lived over on the Northside. I can still remember their great smiles and personalities and their kindness. The world has lost a great person and my love goes out to you all. I only wish I knew she lived in Maple Grove, because this is where I live and I would have loved to have seen her again. I was a young mother at the time and the girls and Eileen always came through for me when I needed help. I am so sorry for your loss.
Lynda Maas (Lougheed), Shelly, Derek and Preston Lougheed.
Kathleen & Bill,
You are in mine and my family's prayers. Love you so much Kathleen.
Tom & Paula
I am at loss for words of wisdom during these times, I am not sure there are any that really accurately express our thoughts. Please except our sincere sympathy and know we have said a prayer for you and your family.
September 8, 2008
Kathleen and Billly,
We were saddened to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother. Of course we remember her fondly as one of "Allison's friends Mom". One of my fondest memories is the evening that the two "Moms" took our daughters to dinner and to hear Benazir Bhutto speak at Orchestra Hall. It was an evening Allison and I will never forget. Our best to you both - you are in our prayers.
Barbara, Dennis and Allison Shaw
To the Ennen and Casserly families:
My daugher Kaitlyn is a friend of Billy's at WHS. We were very saddened to hear of the loss of Michelle. Please know that we are thinking of you and that you have our deepest sympathies.
Bill, Jeanine, Kaitlyn, Ben & Joe Lauer
Michelle was my colleague at the Star Tribune for many years. She was so bright and so funny and I am grateful that I had the chance to know her. My prayers are with your family.
I am so shocked and numb to hear of Michelle's death. She was such a dear, great friend. She had such a huge heart and is sorely missed. I wish Kathleen, Billy and the rest of her wonderful family peace of mind and heart in this trying time.
Olivia, Ken, Megan and Lucas Howard
Kathleen, Billy and family-
My prayers are with you.
Jim, Lou, Rachel, Dave & Sara,
We are so sorry for the loss of your sister and aunt. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. Michelle was a great, kind and beautiful women and will be missed by many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ladonna Bredemus Werdal
One of the fondest memories of Michelle I have is when we were in a play together called "The Old Fox and the Chipmunks." Michelle was the lead Chipmunk and believe me, she ruled the school. My sincere condolences to all the Ennen family for their loss.
To the Ennen Family,
We are very sorry for your loss.
Kevin & Deb Thompson
Dear Kathleen, Bill, Grandma and Grandpa and Family:
I just need to say that I love you all SO SO SO much and I am sad deep in my heart over our loss of Michelle.
I pray for peace in your heart and hope to be helpful to you anytime you need it.
Your Mom was a beautiful vivacious intelligent loving lady and I am sure she will be watching over you for the rest of your life.
I like to think Michelle and Little Johnnie are together now, hanging out and laughing, thinking of all the good times.
I am so sorry for this loss and I am sending you love and support all day long.
Love, Amy Eileen Ennen
Kathleen and family- I am so sorry to hear about your loss. No words will be able to heal what you are going through right now but please know that you have friends that love you and are here for you. You're family is in my prayers and thoughts.
Kathleen, Bill and the extended Ennen family: Michelle was one of a kind - gracious, generous, gregarious. She loved her children most of all and during these difficult times, hold that thought close to your hearts. You have a wonderful and loving family and they are there for you always. Your mom talked about the two of you constantly. Michelle will be missed so much by all of us for her amazing spirit and incredible laugh. She was a brilliant woman and a joy to work with as well as being such a dear friend to me from the day we met. My love and support goes out to all of you who lost your wonderful mom, daughter, sister, aunt.
Dear Uncle Joe and Auntie and the rest of the Ennen family, We were shocked and saddened to hear about the loss of Michelle. I will always remember her smile and her always ready laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Much Love,
Dear Kathleen and Bill,
Nothing about these coming days are going to be easy. Your family and friends are here for you. May all your memories of your mother Michelle bring you comfort in the years to come. I love you like a sister, Kathleen! Always and forever,
Dear Ennen Families,
I am so sorry to read about the loss of your loved one, Michelle. My prayers and deepest sympathy go out to you.
I never had a chance to teach Michelle--she was too young--but I did have some of the older boys in eighth grade.
Again, my prayers for her and her family.
Kathleen and Billy,
I was shocked and saddened to hear the news. I’m a friend from DeLaSalle. Although I’ve never met either of you, I’ve watched you both grow up through pictures and notes from your mom in Christmas cards. She was very proud of both of you. Your mom was a great friend and could always make me laugh with her stories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the Ennen family.
Brenda Vogel Lucey
Dear Ennen family. Our heartfelt sorrow for your loss. You are all in our prayers. Our families were quite close back in the 60's, St Annes, school and church. Sincerely, The [Marvin] Dearing family. Ardis, Joe and Terri
Kathleen and Billy,
Your mom was a wonderful person with a contagious laughter and she will be greatly missed. I will always remember the summer I lived with you all and the great late night talks that I shared with Aunt Michelle. She will always be in our hearts. We love you and are here for you both always. Love, Rachel, Collin and Jack
Uncle Joe, Aunt Eileen and all the Ennens,
I was so sorry to hear about Michelle's death. This article about her life depicted a beautiful person and helped me to know her as an adult. I remember Michelle when she was a teenager and babysat for Shannon when we lived on the Drive in Minneapolis. She was always smiling and happy.
May your faith and your close relationship with your family help you to get through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Family.And we are sorry for your loss
To all of Michelle's Family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. I have many good memories of Michelle from St. Ann's, De and our early 20's. She was a great friend and we shared many laughs. It's been a long time since we've seen each other, but we've stayed connected thru Christmas Cards.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.
Peace to all of you.
Lois (Maciej) Lepinski
Kathleen and Billy,
We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Know that our thoughts are with both of you in these sad days. We hope that with time and the support of a large and loving family around you, you're able to find some peace. We also hope that mixed with the sadness, you're able to remember the things that made your mom so great.
A few years ago, we were in the right place at the right time to help you in a time of need. I hope you know that we will always be there to pick you up, give you a hug, and bring you home.
With lots of love,
Eileen, Joe and the Ennen Families
My deepest condolences to the family. May your fond memories of Shutty help you through. I see her standing with her hands on her hips with a contagious laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dear Billy, and Kathleen, We are with you today and through the next difficult days as we meet to celebrate your wonderful mom, our sister, sister-in-law and John, Anne and Tom's special Auntie. Michelle touched our lives with her love and caring style and will be missed by all. We know how difficult losing a loved one is. Your Mom will will be in our hearts forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with the two of you now. Auntie Michelle is in heaven with her God-Child Johnny, and he is holding her tightly. May God bless the two of you, as well as the entire family. We love you and will be there for you. Love Mark, Mugs, Anne and Tommy.