Condolence & Memory Journal


My heartfelt sympathy goes to Randy and all of Michelle's family. May God comfort you in this time of great loss.

Posted by Peg Bruggeman - Cincinnati, OH - Work relationship with Randy   July 10, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to all of the family. We were in Dallas when we heard the terrible news of Michelles passing. All of you are in our prayers. I know that Ruth and Al are holding her in their arms. God Bless all of you

Posted by chuck and vickie broerman - Colorado Springs, CO - cousin   July 05, 2013

Don & Donna,

My deepest sympathy to you, your boys and their families, and most of all to your son in law and grandchildren. I remember Michelle as a little girl joyful and running and playing. While I have not known her in recent years, it sure is beautiful how she has touched so many lives in such wonderful ways. Seems her live mission was the work of God made visible her on earth. What a blessing! Many thoughts and prayers are with you all as you find your ways through this time. May God carry each of you and fill your days and years to come with vivid memories of Michelle close at hand and give you all the strength it takes to carry on. God bless you each.

- Cindy

Posted by Cindy Keiser - Santa Fe, NM - Friend of Michelle's Parents   July 02, 2013


No words can possibly fill the void you have with the loss of your daughter. My heartfelt prayers and sympathies go out to you and your family.

Posted by Denny Bey - Troy, OH - friend of Mother   July 02, 2013

Randy, Kendall, Wesley, and of course Emerson,

You had a wonderful wife and Mother. We just returned this afternoon from vacation. Although, we heard about the tragedy before we got home, it is just now sinking in. Unbelievable how God takes the best and leaves the rest of us here to wonder why????
We want to express our deepest sympathy's to all of you. So sorry we couldn't be there in person for the services.

Skip and Lori

Posted by Lori Homan - Maria Stein, OH - friend   July 02, 2013

I know Michelle through friends and admire what she did for others. She shared the passion of helping others no matter where they were from in the world...gotta' love that. I will pray for her family and also my friends who knew her well. She made some connections here on Earth that are truly amazing. She is with our loved ones and is waiting for us if we chose the right path. What a true angel she is!

Posted by Cheryl Ebert-Crooks - Champaign, IL - acquaintance   July 02, 2013

Michelle and I had several classes together at wright state university. she and I got along very well. I just found out that she passed away and I am very sad and sorry for her family.
I will keep all of you in my prayers
Once again sorry and May God bless you all

Dorothy W Clarke

Posted by Doorthy w Clarke - Dayton, OH - fellow student at WSU   July 02, 2013

Mr Bruns and family,

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hemmelgarn Rustschilling,

You have our deepest sympathy!

We first meet Michelle at Vancrest when my mother was there and then Michelle started coming to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center where I am the Box Office Manager. I loved to see Michelle, it made my day. What a beautiful person, one of my very favorite. She introduced me to her parents one evening.
Michelle was in that afternoon and purchased tickets. It so good to see her and she said she had just gotten back from a mission trip. We didn't have time to talk and she would fill me in sometime.

So sorry for your lost.
God Bless!
Jerry (Shirley)Beard

Posted by Jerry C. beard - Van Wert, OH - friend   July 01, 2013

I want to send my deepest sympathy to Michelle's family. I first met Michelle at the University of Toledo and she was a great person inside and out. She was always full of energy and had a smile on her face. God Bless!

Posted by Annette (Barhorst) Baker - Minster, OH   July 01, 2013

So sorry to hear about the tragic loss of Michelle. You have are deepst sympathy . Our hearts go out to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were out of town and just heard about this .

Posted by Ed and Anita Sextro - New Bremen, OH - Friend of Don and Donna   July 01, 2013

My heart goes out to Randy & the children and to Donna & Don and their whole family. May you find peace in knowing God's arms are wrapped around Michelle and she is in his care. My deepest sympathy for your tragic loss.

Posted by Lou Ann Lowe - Raleigh, NC - Friend of Michelle's mother   July 01, 2013

The Greenville Rotary Club is so sorry for your loss. Michelle was an incredible gift to the community. May God bring you strength and comfort in the coming days.

Posted by Diane Shuff - Greenville, OH - Greenville Rotaty President   July 01, 2013

Randy, so sorry for your loss. We have your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Bill Kanney - Coldwater, OH   July 01, 2013

What a beautiful person inside and out..My thoughts and prayers to your entire family

Posted by Sarah Foland - Greenville, OH - employee at Rest Haven   July 01, 2013

Randy and family, so sorry for your loss. Please allow us at school to help you through this tragic time. We are a community and are here to help.

Posted by Dan Koenig - Minster, OH - Friend   June 30, 2013


Prayers of comfort and strength for the family and friends of Michelle. She was truly a very special person, and I believe God had a very special reason and purpose for her life. Because she knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, we have that assurance that she is with Him today. Even if we closed our eyes and tried to imagine the surroundings she is now in, I doubt we could even come close. Heaven is beyond anything we could imagine. Knowing that doesn't make your heart hurt any less though. God created us with hearts that care and love, so therefore, when we lose a loved one we can't help but grieve for them. May God gather you close to His heart and hold you tight as you go through this difficult time.

Posted by Amy Shupe - Van Wert, OH - employee of Vancrest   June 30, 2013


Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Michelle during these tough times. She was a very kind and compassionate woman. Her smiling face will be missed. It was a pleasure to work with her at Rest Haven.

Posted by Jessica Holden and Anita Beasley - Greenville, OH - Employees of Rest Haven   June 30, 2013

I had the pleasure working with Mcihelle for several years. I loved talking with her. Her biggest passion was always her family. She always loved talking about her husband and children. Her other love was Jesus Christ. She loved sharing about her mission trips and how rewarding she felt working on them. Although her time on earth was short her love is everlasting in all of the hearts she touched. My heart is rejoicing knowing she is walking in heaven today. I will always remember her and her love for Christ.
Please rejoice in her new mission in heaven.

Annette Troyer
(Surveyor Ohio Department of Health).

Posted by Annette Troyer - Continental, ohio, OH - Friend   June 30, 2013

Deepest sympathy to all the families.

Posted by Amy Rutschilling    June 30, 2013


I am so deeply sorry to hear about Michelle. You and your family are in my thoughts and Prayers.

Posted by Tara Thobe Peck - Gahanna, OH   June 30, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family. I feel fortunate that we had the chance to get to know her. Michelle was definitely an up-beat friend to everyone with that great loving smile and a wonderful outlook on life.
Love, The Partington's

Posted by Tara Partington - Minster, OH   June 30, 2013

Randy- Our thoughts are prayers are with you during this trageic time. May God give you peace. We are praying for you all.

Posted by Tony & Tracey Mueller    June 30, 2013


So Sorry for your loss. I will always remember her as very caring person. Michelle is sadly missed.

Posted by Teresa Stahl - van wert, OH - Friend   June 30, 2013


I was unable to make a statement the past few days because every time I began to type, I would be in tears.
Michelle was such an amazing woman! So many words come to mind in describing her-loving, compassionate, strong, funny, determined...but I most describe her as "fearless". So many of us live our lives in fear. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of harm-but not Michelle. If she had her heart set on something, she not just attempted but whole heartedly conquered it!
One of my more recent memories were shared with her by the pool a few days before our departure from Costa Rica. She asked if I wanted anything from the bar, and I said "something frozen!" and Lindsay wanted a beer. When Michelle returned, she had the waiter in tow with all of our drinks to be served indivually by the waiter! She made it such a special moment, I stopped what I was doing to take a picture of him standing there with all of our drinks!
She was such a shining light, and had a wonderful sense of humor. When we were out on the "Sunset Cruise" the night before we left, we all decided to limbo! I have a short video of her doing the limbo that I will post after I shorten it, so everyone can enjoy the memory. After taking the video, I showed it to her and she commented-"I wonder where that is going to end up?? Hopefully not on YouTube!" I laughed and said "No, but maybe on facebook with your permission"...she laughed it off, and said she expected to see it after we got back.
I will miss her dearly, and even though I only spent a short few days getting to know her I will carry her memory and her friendship proudly for the rest of my life.
I love you Michelle! I will miss you!!

Posted by ashe chivers - kettering, OH - friend   June 30, 2013

I was in high school band with Michelle, and we were on the same bus route in elementary school. When I think of her, I remember her cheerful smile. My heart breaks for your loss and you will be in my prayers.

Posted by Jackie Homan - OH - HS band member   June 30, 2013


Your family will be in my thoughts and sorry for your loss.

Posted by T. Bey    June 29, 2013


Randy & family, May God give you strength, courage, comfort & peace during these challenging days ahead. Michelle has been a positive influence in her choice of dedication,, work ethics, & spirituality. Her legacy lives on through her family,friends, & those whose lives she has touched..May you all feel God's love each & everyday ahead.

Posted by Cherie L.Conrad - Van Wert, OH - associated through Vancrest   June 29, 2013

Many thoughts and prayers to Michelle's family and friends. I will always remember Michelle as someone who wanted to make a difference and she did just that. She left this world a better place! May God give you all a peace that passes all understanding and a reassurance that Michelle is with Jesus & taken care of and that God will take care of you too.

Posted by Janna Wireman - Van Wert, OH - Vancrest employee   June 29, 2013

Randy so sorry bout Michelle I can't even imagine what you and your family are feeling and going thru but will be praying for you and your family

Posted by Treasa and ray hull - Celina, OH   June 29, 2013

Randy and family. I am so very sorry to hear about Michelle. She was such a sweet, caring and fun person. What a generous person too with her involvement in Legacy of Healing. I know she will be missed greatly. Many thoughts and prayers for all of you in this very hard time now and ahead.

Posted by Laura Schwieterman - Morristown, NJ - Friend   June 29, 2013

I am sorry for you loss.. I pray God give y o u peace.

Posted by Ramona Nickol - Versailles, OH - friend   June 29, 2013

Randy and Family: You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are truly sorry for your great loss.

Posted by Randy and Janet Evers and Family - St. Henry, OH - friend   June 29, 2013

My deepest condolences to all of Michele's family. Michele and I got to know each other thru work. I was in awe of her giving spirit. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Teresa Heitbrink-Ireland - Colleague   June 29, 2013

Sorry for your loss Randy, Prayers are being said for you and your family
Big Guy

Posted by Randy (Big Guy) Bertke    June 29, 2013


I just recently met Michelle at a 5k what a wonderful and funny lady. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers!!

Posted by Chantel Wilt - Eaton, OH   June 29, 2013


My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Michelle. She was truly an amazing person. God has gained one more glorious angel. May God bless each and everyone of you in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Tammy Shively - coldwater, OH   June 29, 2013

Randy and family may God provide you comfort during this difficult time. Michelle was an inspiration to us all and showed compassion to all who met her, she will be missed and pray God wraps his arm around you!

Posted by Kelly Homan - Plain city, OH   June 29, 2013

sure will miss you glad to of had you as a very good friend

Posted by Caroline Marir Fleenor - van wert sure will, OH - friend from vancrest of van wer   June 29, 2013


I've always thought, Michelle was a very intelligent classy lady, she was a positive influence on Van Crest.....Blessings to her family and the Van Crest Family <3 tragic sorry so loss a for>

Posted by Samantha J. Schnepp - Van Wert, OH - Old-Employee   June 29, 2013


To a sweet cousin, we didn't get to spend a lot of time together being so many
miles apart. The times we did were memorable. You will always be in my heart.

Posted by TRINA, L OBERHEIM - CORAL SPRINGS, FL - cousin   June 29, 2013

Dear lord,

I come to You asking for peace, comfort, and strength for this family. I ask that You wrap Your loving arms around them and give them the peace and comfort that comes only from You. Please give them the strength to endure the days ahead, and please help them to stay focused upon You and the fact that one day they will be reunited in Your kingdom.

May is Love give you strength.
Nancy and Don Farmer

Posted by Don and Nancy Farmer - Van Wert, OH - Rotary, Mayor   June 29, 2013


Prayers of peace and love. May the Lord wrap His mighty arms around you in comfort and give you hope and a peace, Blessings and prayers

Posted by Jean Pollock - Decatur, IN - stna   June 29, 2013


Dear Randy, Kendall, Wesley, Emerson and the Rutschilling Family

I know that God has made a special place for Michelle in Heaven and we shall all see her again one day.

I will miss her cheerful smile and her energy for helping others in need.

I will pray that God watches over all of Michelle's Family, as the days ahead can be difficult.

Please know that the Mission Family truly loved Michelle. She was an inspiration to so many!

God Bless You
Marge Cook
Medical Missionary

Posted by Marge Cook - Springboro, OH - Medical Missions Friend   June 29, 2013


Randy and family, we are truly sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this sorrowful time. May God give you strength and courage to carry on one day, one minute at a time. Love Jan, Sean and family

Posted by Jan Friel - Dayton, OH - cousin   June 28, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Randy, the kids, and the family. I met Michelle a few times and she was always so nice. I am deeply sorry to hear of your loss.

Brian & Tammy Alt

Posted by Tammy Alt - Celina, OH - Friend   June 28, 2013

May God wrap his arms around your family and protect you from the trials your family faces in the upcoming difficult days.
Thank you for sharing Michele with our Van Crest family. We have all benefitted from her work ethic and devotion to our Van Crest residents.

Posted by Mary Dietsch - Van Wert, OH - Van Crest family   June 28, 2013

I want to offer my sincere thoughts and prayers to your family. I haven't seen Michelle for a couple years, but always admired her friendliness and sweet smile since I worked with her at Shane Hill when she was our Admissions Coordinator.

Posted by Lori Swander - Rockford, OH - friend   June 28, 2013

michelle was a truely wonderful person, she will be sorely missed, nothing can be said to ease the ache in the heart of her family...she was loved and will not be forgotten. Her legacy will live on. I am so very sorry. cynthia

Posted by cynthia vosler - richmond, IN - friend   June 28, 2013


Though we know heaven welcomed a very special person, our hearts still feel the sorrow through this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She will be deeply missed.

Posted by Carol Lahmon - Van Wert, OH - Friend from Vancrest   June 28, 2013


Thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this time of sorrow...Michelle was a great person and will really be missed at Vancrest...

Posted by Audra John - Van Wert, OH - employee at vancrest   June 28, 2013


Randy, Kendall, Wesley, Emerson and extended family,

We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of this special person in your life. I know all of you must be crushed. We pray the many happy memories of Michelle help you get through this tragic time. May God Bless you.

Bob and Brenda Schwieterman family

Posted by Brenda Schwieterman - West Chester, OH - Friends   June 28, 2013


You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Susi Byram and Family; Shirley Neely and Family - OH   June 28, 2013