Michelle Carey Bylenga

Born: Thu., Aug. 17, 1967
Died: Sat., Feb. 20, 2010

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Michelle Carey Hoskins-Bylenga, 42, died February 20, 2010 in her home in Pendleton, OR. A memorial service will be held in honor of Michelle's life on Saturday February 27, 2010 at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Pendleton at 11am. Send condolences to the family or sign the register at www.burnsmortuary.com. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of local arrangements. Michelle was born August 17, 1967 to Helen and Arthur Hoskins. She met her husband Herman Bylenga in 1991 at the Anaheim Convention Center and was later married to him on March 25, 1995. Herman and Michelle moved to Lansing, MI where Michelle worked for Thomas Cooley Law School and The Mountain Bookstore. She also attended Lansing Community College and discovered her passion for theatre. Just before moving back to Southern California her first child was born. She later gave birth to twins in Anaheim, CA and within a few months she joined her husband to live in Pendleton, OR where she and her family have resided for the past four years. Throughout her life Michelle was involved with several theatres including The Rude Guerilla in Santa Ana, CA and the College Community Theatre at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, OR. In addition, Michelle worked at the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, CA where she cared for the developmentally disabled; she was also an investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In Pendleton she worked primarily as a homemaker. She also taught improv at the Pendleton Art Center and was a featured act during poker tournaments at the Wildhorse Casino where she played the character "Susie". Michelle enjoyed reading, collecting a wide variety of books and antiques, human rights activism and of course her three children. Michelle was often described as approachable, welcoming and loving. Michelle is survived by her husband Herman and their three children Nolan, Helen and Case, as well as her parents in Oceanside, CA.

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Terry Murry
   Posted Wed February 24, 2010
Her light and beauty will be sorely missed. She made such a huge difference to so many people.

Judy Phillips
   Posted Wed February 24, 2010
Michelle was so graceful, beautiful, and kind. I loved to watch her performances, especially when she played Mrs. Robinson, and the scenes she performed with Mr. Remington at the Art Center. I will miss her. My thoughts are with her family~

Jennifer Lawton
   Posted Wed February 24, 2010
Miss you more than words can say my friend.. Love you Always!

   Posted Wed February 24, 2010
My thoughts are with your family, your husband, your children, your parents. Please, know that Michelle has touch so many lives and she will be sorely missed. Nolan, I am thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts. Mrs. FA

Eva and Phil Richerson
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
Herman, Nolan, Case and Helen, Our hearts are filled with sadness for your loss. Please accept our condolences.

Kellie Kemp Miley
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
Michelle was a VERY BEAUTIFUL person and she brought joy to my life and the lives of all she met. She is TRULY missed.

Ray & Dolores LaFayette
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
Herman and children, we are saddened by this tremendous loss. May you find the strength and peace for this most difficult time. Praying for each of you impacted by this. Michelle was a delightful young lady and know she will be missed terribly.

The Duckett family
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
Your family is in out thoughts and prayers. Stay strong you are all wonderful and we are thankful Alyx was able to get to known Michelle. Alyx will miss her alot he always had great things to say about Michelle, she will be be missed.

Sheila Lovelace
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
Michelle always made me laugh. She loved to make people happy. I remember how she would pull playful pranks on her friends. Like the prank phone call or pretending to mess with my stuff. She made me laugh. She brought out my inner child. She brought me happiness. Just looking at me with that mischievous look in her eyes was enough to get me smiling!! Michelle, you will be missed. Love, Sheila

Rev. Kerry Allison
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
I will never forget two times that we spent together as friends. The first is at your wedding to my friend Herman. I thought you were so beautiful then, I was so honored to marry you all. The second was last year, when you and Herman dropped by for lunch on your way to Vegas. You were as always charming, elegant, and beautiful. Thanks for these two blessings. I will miss you. See you in the morning!

Ronald J. Pahl
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
Herman, My wife D-Ann and I can not heal your pain and loss but offer you God's great gift of Hope and Love. May God's Grace and Love comfort you during your healing from your loss.

Kobby S. Mensah
   Posted Thu February 25, 2010
A very tragic loss to all of us who knew, and became a part of Michelle's extended family. Michelle will for ever put smiles on our faces and our hearts.

Lorraine Andregg
   Posted Fri February 26, 2010
Michelle was so beautiful, kind, and so full of life. She will be truly missed. May God comfort you and your family and give you strength during this terrible time.

Rennae Foote
   Posted Fri February 26, 2010
Herman, Sorry to hear about your loss, this saddens me, I remember so many times seeing you and the kids at the club. Michelle always seemed so happy with a smile on her face, I think that last time I saw her was at convention center at Holloween. God be with you in your time of sadness. -Rennae

Rod Skeen
   Posted Fri February 26, 2010
Herman; I am shocked and saddened by your loss. May the Lord Jesus minister comfort to you and your family as you grieve. If there is anything my family can do for you, please let us know. We will be praying for you.

Paula Martin
   Posted Fri February 26, 2010
Remembering Michelle's wonderful smile and talent. Prayers and thoughts for her family.

Damion Rowland
   Posted Fri February 26, 2010
My words cannot express. I love Michelle like a sister and will treasure my memories of this fabulous, funny, incredible person forever.

Calvin Bylenga
   Posted Fri February 26, 2010
Hey Herman, I cannot express the shock and sadness I feel at your loss. I missed you at Peter's and Kristen's wedding I was hoping to see my favorite "crazy American cousin" there. You are the best Herman! Anytime you want to talk I am here for you. Call Oom Carl or Tante Joppa for my number. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Calvin Bylenga

Lori Averett
   Posted Sat February 27, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. I miss her very much. The poker tournament will not be the same without her smile, her humor, and her witty comments. I will miss hearing about you and the kids, remember that she loved you all very much.

Betty Germeau
   Posted Sat February 27, 2010
Herman, Catherine called me. I was shocked & saddened.I am still trying to comprehend your tremendous loss. Michelle was your whole world and now there is a huge space that you and the children have to deal with. I know it will take all your inner strength to continue on your life's journey. If I can do anything, please contact me. Stay strong my friend. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love,

Elaine and Deja Causly
   Posted Sat February 27, 2010
Michelle was and always be a beautiful person inside and out. She was full of laughter and happiness when you are around her. It hurts to hear of her passing, our prayers goes out to her family.

   Posted Sat February 27, 2010
You were a significant part of my extended family and to have to comprehend that you are no longer with us is to hard at times. I can proudly say I was blessed to have you in my life. You were such a character...one of a kind. I remember when you would come over to watch us kids and turn on MTV and we would all just dance and laugh. Or cruising around in your mom's old Volvo...windows rolled down...had the music as loud as the stock speakers would allow and Taco Bell wrappers blowing out the window. What I would give right now just to hear you call me "Nerd" or "Goober". I have such awesome memories...there isnt enough space in this comment box for them all. I miss you more then words could ever express. I love and miss you..your nerd aka DJ

   Posted Sun February 28, 2010
I met Michelle several times in connection with the College Community Theatre. It was a pleasure to talk to her - she always wore a bright smile on her face and had positive things to say about those around her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Jennifer Dworshak
   Posted Sun February 28, 2010
Michelle you will be missed, you were so uplifting and always smiling and happy.

   Posted Sun February 28, 2010
Michelle, the true seeker of life and it's eternal riches. I will allows remember your smile and your inquisitive mind. Namaste.

Hilda DeGraaff
   Posted Mon March 01, 2010
My Aunt Diane Klungel and I were shocked to hear of your sorrow, Herman. May God grant you peace and comfort, you and your children. Hilda DeGraaff

Janene Morris
   Posted Tue March 02, 2010
My thoughts and prayers for Michelle Bylenga and family.

Alex Wiggins
   Posted Tue March 02, 2010
You will be missed, my dear friend. My prayers are with your beautiful family. Alex

debbie jaramillo
   Posted Fri March 12, 2010
Herman, there are no words to express my sorrow nor do i have words to help ease the sadness of you and your children. i am encouraged that within your faith, peace will find you. another piece of my heart gonenot

debbie j.
   Posted Fri March 12, 2010
Another piece of my heart, gone. Memories of her the p-factory, nbca,jck,noone,gingerroger,gga,A.C.,and scrabble, of coursewill always make me smile as well as cry. Herman, there are no words to express my sorrow,I have no words to offer that may ease your pain,but I keep you and your children near to my heart and peace find you. Always, debbie j.

Steve and Gina Colby
   Posted Mon March 22, 2010
Herman, our deepest condolences to you. Please continue to trust in our lord to guide you through the difficult times. Peace be with you my old friend.

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