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Obituary for Michele A. Briggs
Michele Ann Briggs, age 50, of Frederic, Wisconsin passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on June 7, 1966 to Hartley and Maureen (Giwoyna) Pennison in St. Paul, Minnesota. Michele moved to Forest Lake, Minnesota at age 6, then in 1979 moved to Grantsburg where she graduated from high school in 1984. She attended University of Wisconsin - River Falls for one year before starting with Nye Dentistry Labs of Dresser, Wisconsin where she spent the next 26 years working as a technician.
On September 23, 1995 she married the love of her life, William A. Briggs. Michele made a life loving her husband, dogs, family, friends and the outdoors. Her true devotion was to her husband, Bill. She made it her mission in life to help Bill in their journey with A.L.S. She was his constant support, advocate, cheerleader, translator, friend, and true life partner through diagnosis, countless doctor appointments, test, hospital stays, benefits, and support groups. Her commitment to him was unwavering in their 21 years of marriage and the years before. Michele helped Bill plan many A.L.S walk-a-thons in Chippewa Falls that helped raise money for others battling A.L.S.
She was also a big supporter of her nieces and nephews. She always made them feel special from having sleepovers to snowmobiling with them, and attending all the sporting events she could from dance to hockey, she made sure they all knew how proud she was of them. Michele also loved the outdoors. At their home in the country she enjoyed watching the birds, deer, bear and all the other critters that would come into the yard, go on walks, collect agates and spend many hours deer hunting over the years.
Michele is survived by her husband, Bill; mother, Maureen Pennison; brother, Steven (Theresa) Pennison; sister, Sharon Pennison-Gabele; dog, BO; many numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
She is preceded in death by her father, Hartley Pennison and dear pets, Sassy and Stormy.
Memorial services will be held at Rowe Funeral Home, 101 Cedar St. W, Frederic, WI on Saturday, January 28, 2017 – visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. along with a luncheon at Crex Conventions 429 - East State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54840 beginning at 1 p.m.
You are invited to leave condolences, memories and photos at www.rowefh.com . Arrangements are entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic (715-327-4475) and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown, www.wicremationcenter.com (715-825-5550).