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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

Michelle Marie Irons ’83 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on November 16, 2013


Michelle Marie

“To laugh often and much: to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Michelle passed away Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the age of 49 years and one week, after a brief battle with cancer. Those who knew and loved her will miss her energy, her smiles, and her determination to do things her way. She died doing what she loved to do, cruising with her family. She leaves a void in the lives of her family as well as all those who knew her.

She loved travel and theatre. She surrounded herself with family and friends who shared her passions. Mick’s life was one of unconditional love and she will be dearly missed by all those that knew her, including her family, patients, their families and her many friends far and wide. She was the family reunion coordinator and family photographer, keeping her memories for everyone. Her annual Christmas letter was a bright spot in everyone’s mailbox, as she chronicled her year’s travels, adventures, and family additions.

Michelle was fiercely independent, a woman of great strength and strong faith. She loved life and loved people. All who knew her, know that she truly did leave this world a better place.

She is survived by her parents, Charles and Marie Irons, and five siblings, Rebecca Hussing (Sean LaPlante), April Flynn, Christine Chambers (Dave), Charles “Chip” Irons (Amy), Virginia Hindbaugh (Chuck); nieces and nephews, Jessica Hussing Gregory (Michael), Samantha Hussing, Brandon Beaverson (Jeanette), Zachary Flynn (Whitney), Kaitie and Hannah Flynn, Brittnay Chambers Highsmith (Trey), Courtney Chambers, Anthony Chambers (Amanda), Jacob Chambers, Charles “Chase” Irons, Emma Irons, Celia, Chali, Acea, Charles III, Elijah and Levi Hindbaugh. Great-nieces and nephews, Maraya, Camren and Brooke. Also left to mourn her are aunts, uncles and cousins, too numerous to mention.

She was a graduate of Immaculate Conception “Darby;” McAuley High School; Walsh College (University); and Medical College of Ohio a.k.a. UTMC. She has been a practicing pediatrician in the Toledo area since 1994. She gave her time to the Double Arc Program and to Immaculate Conception Church. Her affiliations were many and those who knew her spoke highly of her.

In lieu of flowers, we, her survivors, request that you consider Double Arc, 3837 Secor Rd. Toledo, OH 43623 (it was her passion for helping children afflicted with FASD/FAE; or Immaculate Conception Church, 434 Western Ave. Toledo, OH 43609 to establish a Memorial in Michelle’s name [M.I.M.I.C.] Michelle Irons Memorial at Immaculate Conception. Michelle would want us to pay it forward, just as she did while with us, she does now by her death.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home; 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 2:00-8:00 p.m., and Sunday,

November 17, from 2:00-6:00 p.m., where a Rosary will be recited at 5:00 p.m. Funeral Services will begin at the mortuary on Monday,

November 18, at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mass at Immaculate Conception Church at 10:00 a.m.

Interment will be private. Please view and sign the online guest registry at

Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 15, 2013

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