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Michelle Renee

Michelle Renee Stocks

We gather here today to remember the life of Michelle Renee Stocks, and celebrate what she meant to us all.

For those of you whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, I am Bill Stocks, Michelle’s older (and only) brother. I would like to thank you all for coming here today to celebrate Michelle’s life with our family.

Michelle was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at St. Joseph’s hospital on November 22, 1972. Her parents, Brenda and Dave (John) Stocks drove to the hospital in a snow storm. However, I had to come with them to the hospital, because there wasn’t time to take me to my grandparent’s house.

So the nurses put my mom in a wheelchair and me in another. While Michelle was being born, the nurses took care of me until my grandparents arrived at the hospital. Thus began the life of this vivacious, funny, exciting, and beautiful little baby girl.

In 1976 Michelle began attending 4 year old Kindergarten at Elim Christian Academy. When she was 5 years old, praying during a youth rally at school, God miraculously filled her with His Spirit, and soon after she was baptized in the precious name of Jesus.

In 2nd grade Michelle started piano lessons and for the next 10 years continued her lessons with Mrs. Lambrecht. Michelle never complained about practicing. Playing the piano was her passion.

In 1990 Michelle graduated from high school at Parkway Christian Academy and went on to attend Bryant Stratton College. She believed in a strong work ethic, and upon graduation from Bryant Stratton her first job was at Advanced Health & Wellness in Milwaukee. She worked there 18 years. She not only took care of the patients physical needs, but their emotional needs as well. One time a patient who was having financial difficulties, came to the clinic for her appointment and brought 17 scarves she had made. Michelle bought all 17 scarves.

At an early age in elementary school, Michelle began to experience God calling her to a music ministry. Answering that call she ministered to many with her playing the piano and singing her Christian music.

My mom remembers Michelle’s “first love”. Being a typical teenager, she was spending too much time on the phone with this teenage boy. When her dad took the phone away, upset and sobbing went to her room. Mom tried to console her and explained that she was too young to get that upset over a boy. Mom explained no teenage boy is worth this discomfort. Michelle stopped crying, sat up and said, “you are right, I don’t need a boy, what I need is a man!”

Michelle loved life, people, and animals, (especially dogs). One night she bought home a fluffy black and white 2 month old puppy, despite mom’s disapproval. Mitzi was her pal for 12 years.

She was very conscientious throughout her life and after she started her career, without help from anyone, she purchased a Geo Tracker, 3 Ford pickup trucks, and 1 Mitsubishi.

Michelle loved God and exemplified her faithfulness by her Christian lifestyle. Church attendance was a top priority in Michelle’s life and she seldom missed a church service, only if she had a health issue or had to work.

Always reaching out to the underpriviledged and troubled soul. Her hard work, her caring nature, her humor and love of life are some traits that characterized this amazing and loving young woman.


I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.

I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.

I think of you in silence,

I often speak your name.

All I have are memories

and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is a keepsake from which I’ll never part.

God has you in His arms,

I have you in my heart.

Love Always,


Michelle, entered into Eternal Rest November 20, 2018, at the age of 45. She is the cherished daughter of Brenda G. Carr (nee Simmons) and John D. Stocks. Loving sister of Bill (Jessica) Stocks. Beloved aunt of Brooke and Taylor Stocks. Dear niece of Bill (Diane) Simmons and Linda (Fred) Emery. Fond cousin of Matthew Simmons, Marilyn (Marvin) Boucher, Michael (Teresa) Ward, and Amanda, Ashley, and Amber. Further survived other relatives by many dear friends.

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Tammy Trunkel

Brenda, Bill and family – you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many fond memories at your house and though the years. May your sorrow be eased knowing she isn’t suffering any more and is with Grandma Simmons. Love you all!

Kimberly Rohde (Scherlie)

I knew Michelle in the 90’s and she would always make me laugh, she would be encouraging, and such a positive force. The world lost a treasure. My condolences to her family.

Ana Veloz

I met Michelle at the Gosspal Light House. She was my first friend I met there. She was funny and always kept in touch over the years. I always loved her for the person was and her great personality. She will be extremely missed.

Jermaine McCallister Sr.

I meet Michelle & Bill at Elim Christian Academy many moons ago. Michelle (& Bill too) has this uncanny ability of making anyone laughing especially at worst times in one’s life. Most of all I remember being loved by this family no matter what. Michelle also had a beautiful spirit of playing & singing unto the Lord. Michelle you will definitely be missed.


I’m sorry to say that I haven’t seen Michelle for years, but my memories of her are all good. She was one of my favorite older students at ECA. She will be missed.

Laurel Johansen Harpster

What can I say…probably close to 40 years of friendship! Michelle was funny, a great musician, funny, a loving friend, and like family growing up. So much more than I can even list. I love her dearly and she will be greatly missed. However, I take comfort in the fact that God got a good one!

Kathy Darlington

I met Michelle just a few years ago when she decided I was going to be her friend. I will fondly remember her sweet friendliness, and her quick smile, and I will miss her. Heaven’s gain is our loss. Thank you Michelle for the laughs and the silly times.

Didi Martinez

I have known the Stock family for most of my life. I met Michelle at my very first Youth Camp and like with others she would never allow you to be without a friend. No matter how much you tried. Her infectious smile, vivacious personality you were going to be friends one way or another. It was her gift, her ministry to love those who felt so unlovable. Even after many years, seeing her again it was like old friends. You will be missed but I’ll never forget how Michael loved! She was a true friend!

Todd Graf

I played lots of songs with Michelle, we ministered in music together and she was an awesome piano player. Gone way too soon! Amongst our group of musicians, she was known as “The Great One”!

One Comment

  1. Kathi DeGrand-Turner September 3, 2022 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Just thinking about you this morning, Michelle….I miss you so much. Love you my friend. Yes, I’ll always stay in Pentecost- no matter what. ❤️

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