Passed away Dec. 29, 2010 at KC Hospice House, KC, MO from complications of her ongoing illness since April 2007, grade IV GBM, a.k.a. brain cancer. Funeral service will be held 10:30 am Mon., Jan. 3, 2011 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Visitation 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sun., Jan. 2, 2011 also at Bruce Funeral Home. Private family inurnment at a later date at United Church of Christ Cemetery, Newell, IA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the CJ and Frankie Shafer Scholarship Fund c/o Metcalf Bank, Gardner, KS. Condolences may be sent to www.brucefuneralhome.com
Michelle was born June 8, 1969 in Spencer, IA to Gary and Carol (Sievers) Siepker. She graduated from Albert City-Truesdale High School in 1987, earned her BS in Speech and Hearing Science from Univ. of Iowa in 1991 and her MA as a Speech-Language Pathologist from Kansas State in 1994. She married Edward Martin Shafer in rural, Newell, IA on May 30, 1992. Ed and Michelle were blessed with two daughters, Cassandra Jean (CJ) and Francis (Frankie) Mayta. After graduation the family moved to Ft. Bliss in El Paso, TX where Edward was commissioned as a Second Lieut. in the US Army. During that time Michelle commuted to Carlsbad, NM to complete her internship and earn her Certificate of Clinical Competence as an SLP-CCC, at which time she obtained a position as a Speech-Language Pathologist with state and national certification, in the El Paso Independent School district. The family moved to Ft. Jackson in Columbus, SC in 1996 and back to Houston in 1997 where Michelle worked for the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. They moved to Gardner in 2006 where she worked for the Gardner Edgerton Unified School District.
Michelle enjoyed her career very much as she worked with children and adults with special needs (typically, speech &/or language concerns). She enjoyed reading, sports, especially college football, and had attended several Bowl games over the years. Michelle enjoyed watching her daughters’ sports activities. She felt truly blessed with the family provided her by blood and marriage. Michelle will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Michelle was preceded in death by her grandparents: Walter and Caroline Sievers and Nicholas and Hilaria Siepker. She is survived by her husband Edward and daughters Cassandra and Francis, Edgerton, KS; parents Gary and Carol Siepker, Albert City, IA; twin sisters: Quin Kelly and husband Andrew, Ashland, NE and Dr. Lynn Rae Siepker, Bemidji, MN and a host of other relatives.