In memory of
Michele F. Tomazic
Tomazic, Michele Josephine Fenlon
Michele Fenlon Tomazic, age 86. Sunrise December 15, 1933 - Sunset June 8, 2020 Preceded in death by parents Michael J. Fenlon and Kathleen Murphy Fenlon, husband William A. Tomazic, sister Claire Fenlon Nordin, and grandson Anthony Michael Tomazic.
Survived by children Mary Ellen Eakin (Tom), William Gerard, Ann Marie, Stephanie, Michele Marie Markarian (Greg), and Christina Salvage (John); grandchildren Michaela Margaret Killik, Zachary Lewis Bitner, Jasper Sean Markarian, and John Alexander Salvage; nieces Kathleen Kristofco (John) and Eileen Lynch (Dan, deceased); nephew James Knapil (Donna); dear cousin and lifelong friend Colette Murphy Romano; and many other family members and friends.
Michele ("Mickey" to many) grew up in Cleveland and Shaker Heights and lived most of her life in Fairview Park. She graduated from Beaumont School for Girls. Intelligent, intuitive, and talented, she devoted these gifts to her husband of sixty-three years and her children and grandchildren.
Skilled seamstress of prom dresses and costumes, deft upholsterer of sofas and chairs, and baker of the best cherry pie, Michele was always creating wonderful things for her family. She loved gardening and made sure that every vegetable and fruit went to good use, as she was a Depression baby and didn't waste a thing. Her well-kept home reflected her spirit, energy, and passionate devotion to her loved ones. She needed every bit of that energy, as her job was one that never ended.
Acting in community theater was a joyful outlet for Michele. She got her start singing a mildly risque "Honey Bun" from South Pacific in high school, her only rebellion. Roles included a stern Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music and a hilariously homicidal sweet little old lady in Arsenic and Old Lace. Her glorious star turn in Hello Dolly is remembered decades later. Michele's house was filled with music because she knew that singing brings joy and she shared that joy with her children and community.
Michele was a lifelong Catholic. She did not choose Saint Therese of Lisieux as her confirmation saint, but her life was lived according to The Little Flower's words: "The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and those flowers are every sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love." And so it was for many mothers of her generation. They never stopped giving, though the rewards were few and the applause light. May we all take a moment, in person or in prayer, to thank the women whose fondest desire was to see their families and friends happy.
Michele will be dearly missed by her family and friends and greeted with great joy by those she had lost. Her family knows that she is enjoying a blissful afterlife that is well-deserved. Memorials may be forwarded to Hospice of the Western Reserve, P.O. Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192. A Funeral Service to be planned will be announced on our website. (440) 333-9774 www.buschcares.com
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