Kirkwood President Makes Statement About Daughter's Death

A statement from Kirkwood President Mick Starcevich


By Becky Ogann

It is with great sorrow that we acknowledge and mourn the loss of our daughter, Michelle. A bright light in our lives for three decades and a warm presence in so many other lives is no more.

An accident took Michelle from us today as she was traveling between the two bright and meaningful spots in her life: Kirkwood and College Community Schools. As many know, Michelle was a part of the College Community cafeteria team and delighted in doing her part in the kitchen plus adding a smile and good cheer to each school day. We are comforted to reflect on her genuine and generous nature in carrying out her tasks at the school.

She also lent her unique school spirit to both the college and Prairie. She greatly loved the sporting events of both and was a constant presence and enthusiastic supporter of the teams on both sides of Kirkwood Boulevard. No Prairie Hawks or Eagles coach could ask for a more steadfast fan. That indomitable spirit is what will remain in our hearts.

Words cannot express our shock and sorrow at this painful time. Just as true, words cannot express our gratitude for the kindness, the genuine outpouring of sympathy and support that has already been given to us. The care of people in our educational community--that encompassing family of my former and current institutions--is so beautiful and welcome as we come to grips with this tragedy. I speak for our entire family when I say "Thank You" for these gifts of the heart. In these dark hours good people will see us through. God bless you all.

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