Reichardt, Michele "Shelly"
Michele Ann "Shelly" Reichardt, 52 of Appleton passed away Sunday August 10, 2014 at Theda Clark Medical Center, Neenah, as a result of a tragic accident. She was born December 16, 1961 in Green Bay, daughter of Patrick and Dolores "Toots" (nee' Vanden Plas) Van Lanen. Shelly graduated from Preble High School, Green Bay in 1980. In 1987, she moved to Minneapolis, MN and was accepted into the school of Occupational Therapy at the University of Minnesota, where she graduated in 1991. It was in Minnesota that Shelly met the love of her life. Randy and Shelly were married October 8, 1994. Their two incredibly beautiful daughters, Morgan and Kenzi were born in Minnesota. It was shortly thereafter the family moved back to Appleton to be closer to family and friends.
Shelly worked as an Occupational Therapist in Appleton at Affinity Health Care and for the past 10 years at Theda Care at Home. Shelly absolutely loved her work and spent her whole life caring for and helping others, both professionally and personally. She was an incredibly selfless person, who put everyone before herself. Shelly enjoyed her daily workout; going for walks, golfing, and bowling. She was very artistic, She enjoyed playing piano, and dancing a polka with her father. Shelly loved to entertain, and keeping holiday traditions with her family was very important. Her family meant the world to her. Everything she did revolved around her husband and her girls. She never missed a tennis match, basketball game, or whatever else the girls played. Shelly was their biggest cheerleader (even though she never knew the difference between a referee and an umpire).
Shelly is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Randy; their two daughters, Morgan and Kenzi; her mother, Dolores Van Lanen, Green Bay; sister, Mary Jo (Robert) Brokaw, Chanhassen, MN; brother, Patrick (Lisa) Van Lanen, Denmark, WI; father and mother-in-law Rodger and Lois Reichardt, Appleton; two brothers-in-law, Guy Reichardt (special friend, Debbie Dengel), Greenville, and Kevin (Jane) Reichardt, Appleton; She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Shelly was preceded in death by her father Patrick; and both her paternal grandparents, and maternal grandparents.
Visitation will be Thursday August 14, 2014 at ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH, 500 W Marquette St; Appleton, beginning at 10:00 AM until 1:30 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 2:00 PM with Fr. Thomas J. Farrell officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established
Shelly's family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at Theda Clark ICU, for all of the incredible care and compassion they showed.
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, WI 54911
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Aug. 12, 2014