Michele fought a long and courageous battle with dignity and nothing but grace, from breast cancer.
She was born June 3, 1970, to Kathryn Young, at Glens Falls Hospital.
Michele was a graduate of Santa Clara California High School and then received a CASAC/T degree from SUNY Adirondack and worked in her field, counseling hundreds and helping thousands along their path.
Michele took great pride in being an American Indian and felt strongly in support of Standing Rock with extensive family in South Dakota.
Survivors include her mother, Kathryn Young of Schenectady; Michele’s beloved fiancé of several years, Tom VanNess, whom she was scheduled to wed June 10, 2017; her children, Krystal Hauck of Oregon, Chelsea Chambers of Oregon, Kameron Phelps of Hudson Falls; two grandchildren Triston Hauck and a grandchild due to be born in June; two brothers, Michael Phelps of Hudson Falls and Matt Gutierrie of Glens Falls; two nieces, Ashley Phelps and Kali Gutierrie; and a huge family out in South Dakota.
Michele leaves behind countless friends and loved ones throughout the country. She especially loved the ocean in California, where she lived a good share of her life.
Michele was an avid friend of “Bill W’s” for numerous years, which created a family beyond belief in which she held dear to her heart.
Michele found immense comfort in her two beloved dogs, Shadow and Scully, who will miss her dearly. Through her illness, they never left her side. She was continuously surrounded by friends who loved her for her wit, never ending sense of humor and wisdom with unconditional love. She taught us all to live each day as it comes and that we are never alone and to always “pay it forward”.
Friends may call from 2 to 3:30 pm on Sunday, at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 pm following the calling hours on Sunday at the Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of your choice.