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Michelle Shutzer

Michelle Taylor Shutzer

Age 44, of San Francisco, California, passed away on April 9, 2014. Michelle is survived by Husband Robert Shutzer, Mother Lisa Cuya, Sister Brigitte Clayton, Nephew James Nicholson, Goddaughter Misha Sarafina Reyes Leff, and many close friends and four legged spirits.


Michelle graduated with a Bachelor in Museum Studies and Art History from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.


Michelle was committed that her professional career have greater purpose for the communities in which she lived. She worked tirelessly in the arts, museums, community technology and finally the medical foundation. To have known Michelle is to know she connected deeply with people and cared passionately about social justice, women's equality and health and the expressive arts. Art was where she found connection with ideas, creativity and spirit beyond her boundaries. She later found spirituality in her profound bond with the herd at the Flag Foundation. She is survived by her herd of 26 equine beauties. She loved music, dancing and her finicky chocolate palate, which favored Michael Recchiuti above all.


Michelle was born in Heidelberg, Germany and lived most of her late childhood and teenage years in Asia. She settled in Stone Mountain, Georgia her junior year in High School. And in 1996, she visited San Francisco and made this home ever since.


A Celebration of Life will be held to remember Michelle. In Lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to The Flag Foundation <http://www.theflagfoundation.org/page.php?s=p&c=ct> .


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Apr. 25, 2014
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