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Michelle Lee Kanouse

February 06, 1957 - November 21, 2021



Michelle Lee Kanouse of Tustin passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

Michelle was born February 6, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois.

She worked at Pine River Areas Schools for over 25 years. Michelle loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed trips to the casino and staying in touch with family on social media. Michelle loved her pets, and she also took great pride in her gardening and her home.

On September 8, 1973 in Reed City, Michigan she married Ralph “Art” Kanouse and he survives her along with their children: Jason (Lorie) Kanouse of Missouri, Lori Foley of Grand Haven, April (Ike) Wilson of Dexter; grandchildren: Cortland Vawter, Delaney Vawter, Zoe Foley, Oliver Foley, Trevor Lantis, Katie Alexander, Dylan Sanders, Adam Bailey, Layton Kanouse, Lane Kanouse, Laysen Kanouse; great-grandchildren: Graycen Gregory, Dustin Alexander, Averie Alexander, Ridley Sanders; her mother, Sandra Lee Kanouse of Hersey; siblings: John Stewart, Jessie Stewart, Adam Kanouse, Steve Kanouse, Dan Kanouse and Scott Kanouse.

She was preceded in death by her dad, Ralph “Shortie” Kanouse and brothers, Ray Stewart and Gary Stewart.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac. Friends may meet the family Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Uplift Pine River Area Kids. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Mike & Julie Johnson - Nov 21st, 2021 4:03 pm

    "Lori, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Please let us know if you need anything. "

  • Cindy Tessman Williams - Nov 21st, 2021 5:00 pm

    "So very sorry for your loss. She was a very special woman. May God hold you all in your time of grief."

  • June Hinsley - Nov 21st, 2021 6:15 pm

    "I am so sorry to hear this news! My heart is aching. I have known Michelle for 25 years. My prayers for her family!"

  • Marsha Melton - Nov 21st, 2021 6:48 pm

    "I'm so glad I got to meet Michelle. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Art our prayers are with you and your family. Love y'all!❤🙏54"

  • Cindy & Don Messner - Nov 22nd, 2021 4:55 am

    "Praying God gives you all the comfort and healing you all need. May she Rest In Peace."

  • Michelle bora (bowen) - Nov 23rd, 2021 8:25 pm

    "Michelle, you will be greatly missed. I will always cherish my childhood memories that I had with you. My parents were great friends with you and art. My prayers and thoughts are with art and all the rest of the family. "

  • Brenda Mannisto/Schwartz - Nov 26th, 2021 8:28 am

    "Art and the kids and grandkids, Michelle was such a lovely person. I was fortunate to see her every single day while visiting Michigan with my parents. She made the effort to visit and her family was the most important thing to her. My mom will greatly miss her (often weekly) phone calls just to check in and chat. Our hearts are very grateful to have had her bright light in our lives. "

  • Roxanne Schaner - Nov 29th, 2021 1:13 pm

    "Lori: One of the hardest losses in life is the loss of a parent. The indelible mark of a truly outstanding parent is the legacy left in the form of her children. As a mom, she has left a wonderful mark on this earth in you and all the lives you touch. I am sorry for your loss, but I am ever so thankful that wonderful woman raised you (and April) to be the person you are today and that I am fortunate enough to have met her and to have you in my life. May courage, peace, and love be your steadfast companions. "

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