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.