Michelle Grimes

Obituary of Michelle Grimes

Michelle Lynn Grimes, age 46, late of Villa Park, and formerly of the Joliet area, passed away peacefully, Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital with her loving family and friends by her side.

Born November 28, 1970 in Harvey, she was the daughter of Francis M. and Patricia Jan (Jackson) Grimes, III. She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia, in 2013.

She is survived by her loving wife, Kate Peters; her father, Francis M. of Morris; her brother, Daniel Grimes of Shorewood; her two nieces, Talia and Zoey; and many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.

Michelle attended Joliet Junior College upon graduating from high school, after which she embarked on a ten year career in title-search real estate. She went on to a new career in court reporting after earning an Associates Certificate as a certified shorthand professional. She was employed most recently by Planet Depos in St. Charles, Illinois.

Michelle was a woman of diverse talents and interests which she passionately pursued in great detail and which contributed to her great enjoyment of life and happiness. She loved motorcycles and founded Bee’s Knees, a charitable women’s motorcycle club. She was an accomplished musician, athlete, and wine connoisseur.

Michelle lived her life with “heart”—exhibiting courage, compassion, valor, will, and humility.  She will be and remembered for the light she emitted all around her and the love she so freely gave to all she came in contact with. Perhaps her final gesture of sharing her own eyes so that others could see is the best tribute to her character.

A Memorial Gathering for Michelle will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 from Noon until 4:00 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet.  Cremation rites have been accorded and interment will be private.  

Memorials in her name to Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 204, Norwood, New Jersey 07648 (www.tnbcfoundation.org) would be appreciated.

For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at www.fredcdames.com