Michele Glennda Owen

Born: Friday, February 28, 1947
Passed: Monday, March 6, 2017

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Michele Glennda Owen, 70, of Rockford passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at home. She was born February 28, 1947 in Flint, Michigan. Daughter of Glenn Beagle and Vera Alberta (Bert) Jones.

Michele ran the snack bar at the Northwest Community Center Friday night bingo in the 1990s. She was employed by the Rockford Park District as the lunch lady at the Atwood Environmental Education Center where she made the best chocolate chip cookies. She retired on 8/11/12. Michele enjoyed spending time with family and going out to lunch with her best friend Sue Maavich. She was loved by all.

She is survived by her step mother Betty Beagle, brother Greg (Molly) Beagle, daughters Kari Owen, Dekalb, IL and Kelley Castaneda (fiancee Nahum Ruiz), Rockford, IL, grandchildren Brian, Jamie, Shannon, Kendra, Sarah and Jack, great grandchildren Dexter and Noble.

Michele was predeceased by her parents, her beloved George Freeman, and her much missed daughter Kimberly Schindler.

To share a memory or online condolence, visit olsonfh.com. Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. assissted the family with arrangements.

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  1. Kim Woodin

    Paul and I had the privilege of knowing Michele when we worked at Atwood. She was a very special person, made the best meals, especially her biscuits and gravy, and was loved by all. So sad to hear of her passing. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. My heart goes out to her family. Hope time heals your hurting hearts.

  2. Debbie Brooks

    So sorry to hear about Michele's passing. She was a caring and generous lady. Whenever I held contractor meetings in the Atwood dining hall, she would have fresh chocolate chip cookies or blueberry muffins for the attendees to enjoy. Loved our talks and I'm proud to have worked with her.

  3. Shelley Marchione

    Michele was such a kind spirit, and I was truly saddened to hear of her passing. The memories she made for all of us lucky to have known her will keep special places in our hearts. I worked with Michele at Atwood, and took a summer "off" from camp to focus on some family things, but still came in to work in the kitchen. I teasingly told Michele that I was given a bonus to come on kitchen staff, and when she looked at me surprised, I told her the cost would be two balls of cookie dough per shift. Frequently, I would actually walk into the kitchen to see a note about cookie dough being left in the fridge :) She was just a thoughtful and loving soul, and the lives of those who knew her were made better for it. May your families find peace in her love and memories.

  4. Scott Welch

    I am sorry for your loss, losing your mom is never easy.

  5. Becky Stokes Lambert

    I was very fortunate to work with Michele at the Atwood Center and enjoyed many, many of her delicious meals. She was always wonderful at work and provided 1,000s of students with home-cooked meals (for most, this is their best memory). We thank her for all she did and we will miss her.

  6. Judy Schaffer

    Your mother was a wonderful lady, my family has known you and your family for over 40 years. My prayers are with you Kari in your time of sorrow.

  7. Peggy

    I was so saddened to hear about Michele's passing. Everyone at Atwood and the Park District loved her and you are right, she DID make the best chocolate chip cookies! But beyond that, she was just a great person and a great friend. We will miss her desperately.

  8. Jenifer Freeman Priddy

    I was so sad to learn Michele had passed away. We lost contact with each other after she moved but she always had a place in my heart! She was so good to my dad and I know he loved her. RIP dear friend.

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