Michelle P. Spelman

Michelle P. Spelman

November 11, 1963 - December 23, 2012

Michelle P. Spelman

November 11, 1963 - December 23, 2012


Michelle P. Spelman, 49, of Laguna Niguel died on December 23, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Sarah Trauger and Thomas Trauger, Jr.; her parents, Michael A. and Arlene Chavez; her brother, Michael A. Chavez, Jr.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:00am on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at St. Kilian Church in Mission Viejo, CA. Interment following the mass at Ascension Cemetery in Lake Forest, CA. Reception following the services will be held at the Mission Viejo Country Club.

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24 responses to Michelle P. Spelman

  1. Michelle was the nicest, sweetest person. She always had a kind word for everyone. And, oh, how she loved to have her picture taken with celebrities – Apollo Anton Ohno, John McEnroe, Arnold Schwartzenegger and more. She taught me the right way to slant my head in pictures for the best photo. And, we laughed about so many things. But, mostly, her pride and joy and how much she loved her family – Sarah, Tommy, Arlene, Mike, Michael and all her aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews!!!!

  2. The news of Michelle’s passing has shaken me and all of her friends at IMW. We have such great memories of her, the work we did together and how she became a friend to all of us. I’ll never forget when she was working with Huell Howser on the California Gold show. She was passionate about that program and wanted it to be perfect. Here’s a brief clip where she has a short “cameo” at the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l99Ek4YtTuw

    Michelle’s smile and laugh were infectious, her passion for her family and her work undeniable, her spirit always up even in the face of hard times. She will truly be missed.

    –Kari Bretschger

  3. Dear Michelle’s family,

    Please accept my deepest sympathy to you on Michelle’s passing. It has been 31 years since I have seen Michelle, but my fond memories of her in high school at Flintridge will never be forgotten. She had a lovely smile, a sweet laugh and always a kind word for those around her. We were a bit naughty at times, especially in Spanish class, or making fun of the nuns behind their backs (Sister Ramona and Big Bird), but her smile was always radiant and her giggle contagious. Please know that she will be truly missed and that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Teresa “Tweety” Senini Pon, Bend, Oregon, Class of 1981

  4. Tony says:


    I always knew you were an Angel who walked among us.

    You lived and taught me and all whose lives you touched the power of unconditional love. I know you are now by God’s side and I know you will forever watch over those you love.

    MIchelle, we will meet again. Sleep peacefully in God’s arms. As each day shall passes, and until we meet in His Presence, I shall keep your love and the precious memory of you forever alive in my heart.

    I Love You More …


  5. We are shocked and deeply saddened at the news of Michelle’s passing.
    She always had a smile and a giggle to share.
    Her smile lives on in our memories.
    She shares it with angels now.
    Cindy (Lindsey) Butler
    FSHA Class of ’79

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