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Michelle Seif

d. July 12, 2020

Michelle D. Seif, age 58, of Williamsville, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at her home.

She was born June 21, 1962 in Lima, Ohio the daughter of Lowell and Thelma Sue Nelson.

Michelle is survived by her three children; Josiah (JoDee and her two girls, Kayla and Maddie), Cailan and Ethan Seif; her mother, Sue Nelson; three sisters, Robin Jones, Joan Castrillo and Lori Fowler; one brother, Phillip Nelson; two grandchildren, Mya Randle and Cameron Seif; as well as several nieces, nephews and an extremely special group of friends that have always been her family.

She is preceded in death by her father, Lowell Nelson and her grandmother, Eva Martin.

Michelle was a comfort and instant friend to everyone she met. From her healing hands, to a heart that could love anyone and find the good in all, she always radiated light, love and never ending faith in her heavenly Father.

She loved to sing, pray and help others whenever she was able. But her greatest joy in life, were her children and grandchildren.

“Offerings Therapeutic & Sports Massage” was not only Michelle’s business, it was also her ministry.

She was a longtime member of the Williamsville United Methodist Church.

Visitation for Michelle will be held on Monday, July 13, 2020 from 4-7 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL. Services will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 10 AM at the Williamsville United Methodist Church.

Pastor Shane Sims will be officiating.

Due to the recent COVID situation, the Illinois Department of Public Health has required that the visitation and funeral service be limited to 50 or less people in the facilities at a time. Masks are also required.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Williamsville United Methodist Church.

A private family graveside service will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery near Williamsville. Anyone not attending the graveside is welcome to return to the old bank in Williamsville for lunch.


  1. So sorry I have no words she will be missed loved her

  2. We are so sorry for your loss… for OUR loss as a church and community. Michelle left this world a much better place for having been here. Praying for your family.

  3. My love & condolences to Michelle’s family & friends. I have not been in touch with Michelle for a very long time. But I have very happy memories of us cheering together. Two sets of sisters: Michelle & Joan & me & my sister, Jackie.
    When I think of Michelle, I smile. She was always so beautiful & just a great person. I am so very sorry for your loss. God Bless!

  4. Josiah, Cailan, Ethan, Sue, Robin, Joan, Lori and Phillip, you have my deepest sympathy. Shelly was a beautiful, blessed, loving, hard working and caring friend that I was honored to grow up with.
    She loved you all with all her heart as we loved her! Her contagious smile will be greatly missed.
    Love you all

  5. I loved Michelle. She was my confidant, my spiritual advisor, my friend. I will miss her so. May God continue to watch over the Seif family. ((HUGS)). Till we meet again Michelle.😪

  6. Michelley was a family friend of my mother and my friends’ mothers. When I was in high school, I would walk over to her front porch after track practice and we would talk about the world, people, religion, kindness for hours on end. She gave me my favorite book, “No water, no moon” which I bought several copies and shared with everyone that would listen. She was the kindest person. Her kids and her family are the sweetest people and I will be thinking and praying for ya’ll. With love-Bridget

  7. Cailan, Josiah & Ethan,
    I am so sorry to hear of your sweet momma’s passing. She was an amazing lady and friend. She was a mentor to me when we first moved to Williamsville when I was 14 and struggling with so many changes. Loved her and I love you guys. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. We pray Jesus wraps His loving arms around you to comfort you during this time.

    Our deepest sympathy to your family.

  9. One of the sweetest and most genuine persons I have ever met. She will truly be missed by all who ever had the pleasure of meeting her. May you rest in peace and God bless.

  10. I am so very sorry for your loss. Michelle was such a special person, and she will be missed by many. My sympathy and prayers go out to you all.

  11. Josiah and family. The passing of your mother was a shock for you but a blessing from God. He seen her pain and told her it was now time to come sit in his garden and chat with her friends. She will watch over you now, and i promise, one way or another, she will let you know she is there. Now its time to Love one another and show her that you will carry on in her memory. Love 💘 to you all👨‍👩‍👦, JoDee’s cousin, Beckie

  12. Cailan, Josiah & Ethan,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. She was such a wonderful person. She was gentle & kind to all she met. May you find comfort in her memories.

  13. To know Michelle was to love her,the sweetest cousin a person could have. No more sickness sweetheart. I know the Lord has greeted you with open arms. Will always love you and miss you always.

  14. Losing Michelle is a great loss to many. She was a genuine kind person who truly loved everyone Her place in heaven is surely assured and I am certain God welcomed her home where she will know happiness forever. May God bless her family and those who loved her.

  15. To Michelle’s family, we are sorry for your loss. As you know, Michelle was a spiritual being and we were blessed to have known her. She was a true Christian who loved her Lord and lived her life accordingly. What joy she will have singing and dancing with the saints! Go in peace my friends and live a life that makes this world a better place just like Michelle did. Hugs to all of you. You are never alone for Jesus walks with you and will comfort you.

  16. Michelle has always been very special to me. Very few will ever have nearly her patience, kindness, and humility. My love & deepest sympathy to her children, grandchildren, and The Nelson family.

  17. Josiah and family,

    What a beautiful picture of your mother…she was as beautiful on the inside. She was a very kind and loving person, and she loved her Lord. All of you are in our prayers.

  18. I’m so saddened to hear that Michelle has passed. I am truly blessed to have known her. Her spirit will live on in all of us. I pray for the entire family that you will have comfort knowing Michelle is with the Heavenly Father. 🙏

  19. I am so sorry for your loss. Michelle was a truly wonderful person that everyone loved. I have so many fond memories of hanging out and laughing together. She will be missed.

  20. I am truly saddened by the passing of one of the my dearest friend’s. Michelle had the best qualities as a friend she was strong resilient and we could party like no other music, dancing, coming through the front door and hanging out our kids were friends
    Josiah,Ethan,Caitlin I love you ❤️ dearly and I truly Loved Michelle and your family !!!
    May God Continue to show signs of her precious spirit !!!!!!

  21. Michelle, was such a joy and a true friend. I always enjoyed my massage as we would talk and laugh, what a good time we would have. She was a very warm and gentle person and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    The Hafels
    Springfield, IL

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