Michelle Danielle Wasinger

Michelle Danielle Wasinger

January 8, 1949 – November 3, 2023

Michelle Wasinger was born Michelle Danielle Crosby in Vallejo, CA on January 8, 1949.  Her father was an American soldier that met her mother, a French citizen, in WWII while stationed in France.  Michelle grew up in California in a bilingual home with her older sister, Claudine. Ten years later brother, Rene and youngest sister, Martine were born.  When Michelle was 15 years old, her family was stationed in Paris with the US Army. After living in France for a couple years the family was given orders to Frankfurt, Germany where Michelle graduated from high school.  It was in Frankfurt where Michelle met US Army soldier, Frank Wasinger, Jr, in 1968 and moved to Omaha, NE.

Michelle was a stay-at-home mother to her three daughters, Nicole, Suzanne, and Jennifer, until her divorce in 1988. She started working for Omaha Public Schools as a special education para professional. She retired in 2015 after 25 years in the school system. Post retirement she spent most of her days helping care for her grandchildren, spending time in her home, and caring for feral cats.

Michelle was an incredibly kind woman who had a strong faith in God. Her study and knowledge of the Bible was a passion to her. Her connection to the Lord was always something that gave her family comfort and peace.  She loved to talk about the Gospels and share the love God has for all people.

Michelle’s love of animals was strong and an inspiration to many. She met many people in the community who also shared her strong love of feral cats. She was a supporter of rescue organizations and gave what she could with her time and money to make sure these animals had a good life.  Throughout her lifetime she opened her home to many cats providing them all with a warm and loving home.  She spent her mornings feeding the birds and squirrels. She also had a special relationship with all the animals in the lives of her daughters’ families.

Michelle’s friends and family describe her as being compassionate, faithful, generous, loving, caring, funny and one of the nicest and kindest people they ever knew.  Even after being diagnosed with a terminal illness, Michelle could be heard praying for others that were also sick and suffering, for all her children, their spouses, and her beloved grandchildren.

Michelle was preceded in death by her sister, Claudine Crosby; and her parents, Edward & Genevieve Crosby.  She is survived by her children: Nicole (Greg) Caskey, Suzanne (Richard) Wessling, Jennifer (Antonio) Pargas; grandchildren: Ava, Noah, Vivian, Genevieve and Veronica; her siblings, Rene (Francoise) Crosby and Martine (Philippe) Gaillien, and their children.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Feline Friendz in Nebraska, a local cat rescue and adoption organization https://www.felinefriendz.org

VISITATION: Saturday, November 18, 2023, 10-11 a.m. at the West Center Chapel, 7805 W. Center Rd., followed by a MEMORIAL SERVICE: at 11 a.m. INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.

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  • Soledad A. Ruiz Posted November 10, 2023 10:51 am

    My most heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace in God’s loving arms. Amen 🙏 🙏 🙏

  • Mantz, Sharon Posted November 10, 2023 2:10 pm

    My prayers to you and your family Nicole.

  • Tracy L Lautt Posted November 10, 2023 8:33 pm

    Michelle was an inspiration to us all. She will be missed dearly by all who had the privilege of knowing her. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. My she be healed and restored in God’s loving hands.

  • Martine GAILLIEN Posted November 11, 2023 7:28 am

    Michelle was so loving and kind.
    Now that she is present with the Lord Jesus, her joy will never end.
    We will miss her very much.
    We are sending our deepest condoleances and regrets to her three daughters and their families.
    With Love,
    Martine, Philippe and Emma

  • Maureen Shea Posted November 11, 2023 9:29 am

    Michelle was such a kind, loving person. It shows through her daughters. Through Nicole, Suzanne and Jenni, Michelle’s grace will live on. Now she gets to be with her Lord.

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Love you all,
    Maureen and Mickey

  • wendi marie smiley Posted November 11, 2023 1:04 pm

    so sorry for your loss, hugs to all of you and just be happy and enjoy what you all have,

  • Greg Davison Posted November 11, 2023 1:53 pm

    I would have liked to have met her.
    I will take good care of Kitty Blue and Aldo for her.

    • Martine GAILLIEN Posted November 12, 2023 8:20 am

      Thank you Greg for the good work you are doing with Kitty Blue and Aldo, Michelle’s last protégés she sheltered. I am very grateful and was concerned about their fate. It is a comfort to me that they have found a good home with you. My sister would be very pleased. As I live overseas, I am reassured.

  • Jon & Bridget Brooks Posted November 11, 2023 2:15 pm

    Nicole, we will miss your mom!

  • Katy Wasinger Posted November 11, 2023 8:07 pm

    This was so well written about your mother.Your mom had such a beautiful heart and soul and she loved you girls so much. Even though she divorced while I was young, she always remained a part of the Wasinger family and was there for us when it mattered. She was and will always be family to us. Sending my love and prayers to you ladies. Love you.

  • Linda Robicheau Posted November 13, 2023 9:28 am

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in your memories of your mother.

  • Mark Kantor Posted November 13, 2023 12:56 pm

    My condolences to the family during this difficult time. I can honestly say that Michelle was one of the kindest and most compassionate people that I ever met! She will be missed tremendously.

  • Diane Walker Posted November 13, 2023 7:01 pm

    Michelle will be missed by everyone who knew her, such a pure and beautiful soul. Suzanne, Nicole and Jenni, Jim and I are very sorry for your loss.

  • Joan Marie Blum Posted November 14, 2023 12:38 pm

    Nicole extending sympathy to you and your family.

  • Barbara Anderson Posted November 15, 2023 8:24 am

    May God give you the Peace and Hope to deal with your grief. Losing a mom is really hard. Michelle is with the Angels in Peace..

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