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Berlinda “Michelle” Sekel (1968 – 2022)

Berlinda “Michelle” Sekel left us on a Saturday. Born on February 24th, 1968, she left us too soon after a battle with a short illness. Among the many adventures Michelle enjoyed pet grooming, working at her father’s restaurant, housekeeping, and several years as a CNA and caregiver. No matter where Michelle went, she made life long friends to go along with her beautiful family which spans several states including Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Michelle was originally born in Denver, CO to John Gene Herrera and Bersabella Cisneros. Shortly after, the family moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming and she graduated in the neighboring town of Green River in 1987. It was during this time that Michelle gave birth to her first child, Serena at the age of only 15 years old. Although raised by extended family, Serena and her mother reconnected later in life and were very close at the time of her passing. After high school, Michelle gave birth to three more children, Allan, Breeanna and Brent with her first husband, Allan Sekel. During this time, Michelle and her children moved to Tucson, AZ and began a career as a dog groomer. It was during her time at PetSmart that Michelle met the love of her life, John Freeman. Michelle and John remained by each other’s side for the next 25 years until her untimely passing on February 19, 2022. Michelle leaves behind her partner John, her four children, her brother James, her best friend Wendy, and what would have been her first biological grandson that she was very excited to meet. A multitude of other friends and extended family also mourn the loss of Michelle, whose loving personality, her inability to say no to anybody in need, and her infectious smile and laugh touched all who knew her. She will be greatly missed. WE LOVE YOU MOMMA.


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