COLUMBUS – Michelle Denise Wesolowski, 16, of Columbus, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Delaware County.
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She was born on May 26, 1997, in Columbus, the beautiful daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Benkeser) Wesolowski.
Michelle was a very active member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Columbus, where she helped with the Theology of the Body classes, was a youth group leader and in the band "Oremus." She was preparing to help with middle school youth group and was training to be a Eucharistic minister.
Michelle always wore her first communion cross, because when people saw it, it would make them think about Jesus, if even for a second. She looked up to Mother Teresa and was supportive of Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. Her patron saint for confirmation was St. Lucy Filippini.
She was a junior at Columbus East High School, where she was a two-year member of Key Club and was Lieutenant Governor of the Heartland Division for half a semester.
Michelle also lead several service projects for the club, with her favorite being ringing bells for Salvation Army.
She was also a member of the gymnastics team and was known as the prayer leader, leading the team in a prayer before each meet.
Michelle was known as the "Queen of Modesty", she never ran out of energy, had an outgoing personality and could handle any situation.
She also leaves behind the family dog, C.J.
Survivors include her loving mother, of Columbus; devoted sister, Katherine "Katie" Wesolowski, of Columbus; maternal grandmother, Sandy (husband, Ronald) Mixell, of Muncie; paternal grandparents, Anthony and Genevieve Wesolowski, of Eaton; great-grandmother, Gladys Hansen; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father and maternal grandfather, Karl Benkeser.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St., Columbus. Visitors from 1 to 3:30 p.m. please park at North Christian Church parking lot.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 4 p.m. at the church with Father Clem Davis and Father Doug Marcotte officiating.
Interment will be in Elm Ridge Cemetery, Muncie, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013.
Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Wesolowski Family in care of Freeman Family Funeral Homes, 819 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.
Online condolences may be shared with the Wesolowski family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com
Freeman Family Funeral Homes
819 S. Harrison St. Shelbyville, IN 46176
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