THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Michelle Messenger, 41, of Green Bay passed away unexpectedly due to complications from a stroke on Wednesday, Feb. 20 with her family by her side.
Born on Feb. 23, 1971 in Menominee to Arnold and Norma (Bartz) Organ, she graduated from Marinette Catholic Central High School in 1989. She earned a bachelor degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee and received a masters degree from Viterbo University at La Crosse.
A member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, she was a teacher at Howe Elementary School in Green Bay. She loved to surround herself with her family and friends and her passions of teaching, reading and animals. Her final gift to others was being an organ donor.
Surviving besides her parents, Arnold and Norma Organ of Menominee are two children, Ella and Nathan Messenger of Green Bay and their father, Jeff Messenger; a sister, Debra Mathy of Green Bay; two brothers, Thomas (Jeanmarie) Organ of Tarpon Springs, Fla. and Robert (Jill) Organ of Milwaukee. Also nieces and nephews, Katie, Tommy and Sean Organ; Kayla, Tim, Brad and Emily Mathy; and Sarah, Lindsey and Elizabeth Organ.
Family and friends called at Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with prayer services at 6:30 p.m. by Deacon Steve Gretzinger. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Resurrection Church, Menominee on Monday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiated and burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee. Her family asks that all acts of kindness and sympathy be directed towards a memorial fund in her name to, Howe Elementary School, 525 South Madison St., Green Bay, Wis. 54301 or Bay Area Humane Society 1830 Radisson St., Green Bay, Wis. 54302.