I am not a statistic.
I am Lisa Michael.
Cancer has not beaten me.
Cancer has given me an incredible opportunity. The opportunity to be an angel of God. Please let my passion for life be a beacon in everyone that I have touched. I have now taken flight as an angel to look after and protect! Lisa Monique Michael, after a lengthy battle with cancer, was called home to the Lord surrounded by those who loved and were inspired by her spirit, her warmth and her joy. Even through her illness, Lisa remained a giving, positive spirit adored by those who were fortunate enough to know her. When Lisa arrived at parties – often late in the evening and always perfectly attired – her greatest gift was her presence and her welcoming smile. Born in Chicago, Lisa was raised in Turlock and was a graduate of Turlock High School. She spent 25 years in the insurance agency, serving as President of the Tom Michael Insurance Agency since 1996. Lisa was a respected member of her industry, serving in such important capacities as a member of the Young Agents Committee for the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California; a member of the prestigious Government Affairs Committee for the Independent Insurance Agents of America and numerous elected positions including President of the Stanislaus Insurance Association. Lisa was an active and proud member of the Modesto Rotary Club, Ovation/The Central West Ballet, The Modesto Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Modesto, President of Stanislaus Rotaract and President of the Central Valley Professional Exchange. In 1998 Lisa was recognized with the Harlan Miller Award for outstanding political involvement, and in 2000 received the Ronald Lee Wilson Award as the Most Outstanding Young Professional. Lisa is survived by her loving partner Tim Hansen, mother Joan Michael (Giacomelli) and stepfather Tom Giacomelli and her son Matthew Morgan. She is also survived by numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Lisa is preceded in death by father Thomas Michael, grandparents E.O. and Doris Sappington, John G. Malloy and June Hansen. Services will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 3p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Turlock, 1660 Arbor Way in Turlock. A celebration of Lisa’s life will follow at the Larsa Banquet Hall, 2107 East Monte Vista in Denair.
In lieu of flowers, Lisa’s family has requested that donations be made in her memory to the Community Hospice Foundation or First United Methodist Church of Turlock.