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Michelle Lea Bermel, age 51, of Albertville, MN died unexpectedly on June 28th, 2023 from a vehicle crash. Michelle was born in Minneapolis on August 4th, 1971, resided in Albertville her whole life, and graduated from St. Michael/Albertville High School in 1990.

Michelle enjoyed traveling, fishing, boating, camping, planting flowers, soaking up the sun, and spending time on the beach or poolside. There was always a high probability you could catch her uptown for bingo, meat raffle, showing support for benefits, or just hanging out with friends. You knew Michelle was present just from her laugh alone. She spent more time talking on the phone than she did sleeping, and your contact name had more to do with how she knew you than your actual name. She was so joy filled, honest, bull-headed, and undeniably authentic. She LOVED to decorate her Christmas tree and listen to Christmas music. She would leave her tree up from Thanksgiving to Valentines day and even watch ‘Christmas in July’ on the Hallmark channel. She loved her children and grandchildren. Her family was her whole world! Michelle also was fond of being at the farm “up home”. 

She presently was employed by PCi Roads, and was ecstatic about her new job. Michelle formerly was employed at Don’s Bus Service and was a bartender at Geez, both in Albertville. Survived by her loving children Brianna (Jared) Zachman and Conner (Tyra) Bermel; grandchildren Hunter and Destry; her mother Patrichia Kalina; sisters Kimberly (Rory) Norgren, Jodi (Greg) Zahler, Janel (Curt) Gentile and Debbie (Patrick) Kalina-Garaghty; significant other Theodore Zachman; former husband Chad Bermel;  other relatives and many friends. Preceded in death by her father Franklin J. Kalina and by her father-in-law Larry Bermel. 

Funeral service 2 PM Thursday, July 6 at Alleluia Lutheran Church, 10401 – 30th Street NE, St. Michael, MN. Visitation AT THE CHURCH on Thursday, July 6 from 11 AM until time of service. Lunch following the service. Interment Bohemian Independent Cemetery in Glenwood, MN on Friday, July 7 at 1 PM.

13 Guestbook Entries

  1. Joseph Rusinyak

    Our prayers to your family from mine.

  2. Wanda Scherber

    My heart goes out to each and everyone of one. Michelle was, well, Michelle! She was a very unique person. There will never be anyone else like her. She was kind hearted, funny, loveable and just a fun person to be around. She will definitely be missed, especially her smile and her laugh. Our deepest sympathy to all.

    Joe and Wanda Scherber

  3. Lisa Marquette

    Michelle will be the happiest of angels calling everyone love and watching out for so many, can’t figure out way she was called away from everyone here but have to believe she’s was needed more in heaven. I hope heaven has a well stocked commandment bar of nuts cherry’s celery and olives.. no one will ever forget you Michelle and you left every single person with amazing memories and stories you touched so many. Bye for now ❤️

  4. Mary Barnes

    Brianna and Conner

    I was stunned to hear about your mother. It is a travesty that she died. Know that she loved you very much. Sam and I are praying for you, and if you need anything, call!

    With love!

  5. Kelly Morgan

    My heart goes put to everyone whos lives were touched buy Michelle. She was such a great friend and will be missed.

  6. Colleen Olson-Thurber

    Deb and Kim, I’m so sorry for the loss of your sister. Wishing you and your families peace and strength during this difficult time.

  7. Janice Anderson

    I only saw smiles from Michelle even when times weren’t so easy for her. Heaven definitely has gained a very special angel. She will be missed by so many people. I loved the person she was. Prayers for her family.

  8. Lolene Liefert-Trulson

    Our deepest sympathies to Deb Kalina-Garaghty, and the entire family. So heartbreaking.

  9. Linda Maeyaert

    To the family I am so sorry for your loss of Michelle the way I describe her she was a “Gem” . She made everyone day a little brighter with that smile and laugh. She made you feel like you were a good friend when she talked with you. I loved to see her and hear what was happening in her life. She had such a zest for life . She was hard worker and made the most of her time with friends and family. Michelle may you rest in peace.

  10. Lyn Jacobson

    To Michelle, the only person I knew that could out decorate me for every holiday. A hallmark Christmas sister, R.I.P.😪. Love ❤️ you bunches.

  11. Kveta Kubin

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Kveta and family

  12. Sabrina Kanduth

    Aunty Michelle.. Out of everyone whose passed away in my lifetime, yours has affected me a little differently. It has definitely taught me to appreciate life a bit more and truly understand the meaning of “Life can change in a blink of an eye”. My heart goes out to you Brianna & Conner. I’m so sorry and I’m here if you need anything whatsoever! Love you all.

  13. Janet Benjaminson Lien

    I am so very sorry to hear of Michelle’s passing. Her smile lit up a room wherever she was. Heartfelt condolences to her family & friends. You will be missed.


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