Michelle Renee Franklin


April 4, 1968 - February 23, 2018


Michelle Renee Franklin, 49, of Mitchell, SD died Friday, February 23, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, March 2, 2018 at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Michelle Renee Franklin was born 4 April 1968 in San Francisco General Hospital. The first of the four Children of Walter and Rena Franklin and yes this is about 9 months after the Summer of Love in San Francisco after Walter a and Rena eloped to wed prior to his first deployment from San Francisco to Vietnam.

She was a straight A student all through Star of the Sea Academy HS, San Francisco, Mt Diablo HS and finally graduating from Chicopee Comprehensive HS in Chicopee Massachusetts in 1986. She attended Bay Path College, Longmeadow MA attaining an associate degree and graduated from Elms College, Chicopee MA with a Bachelor’s Degree.

Michelle excelled in dance and attended the Kayak School of Dance in Chicopee, MA. She cherished her trips to Boston and New York City to see shows and dance performances and even auditioned once to be a Rockette.

Professionally Michelle settled into retail women’s clothing where she managed many stores in the local area in Massachusetts.

Michelle’s family meant everything to her. Michelle was very spiritual and was the Catholic rock in the family providing guidance and reminding the family to stay spiritually centered always. Michelle passed away on 23 Feb 2018.

Michelle is gone from our sight, but never our memories. Let us rejoice with Michelle in her new life with the Lord.

She is preceded in death by her father Walter Franklin and older brother Steven Tolliver.

She is survived by her mother Rena Franklin Woodbridge VA, her sister Maya Caffey Atlanta GA, Brothers: Tony(Karli) Toliver Mitchell SD, Jason(Igdalia) Franklin Ludlow MA, Phillip(Carrie) Franklin Minot ND,  Damon (Keita) Franklin Stafford, VA and numerous nieces and nephews.


None Scheduled


Friday, March 2, 2018
2:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Jeanne Fredette on March 4, 2018
Theres another Angel in heaven watching over me. I have been so blessed to have you in my life for 28 years. An Im honored to call you my best friend. We have shared alot of laughs and alot of tears together. The whichamacallits and the dohickys and the thingamajigs will always bring laughter into my day . Find peace with the Angels my friend. Much love
Posted by Brian Lapointe on March 2, 2018
So sorry to hear such a wonderful person is gone too soon... Prayers to all .
Posted by Claudine Collins on March 1, 2018
My sincere condolences to the entire Franklin family. Michelle was always smiling & friendly in high school. It is very sad to hear that she left us so soon. Prayers to Jason and all of Michelle’s family.
Posted by Bryndis Curtin on March 1, 2018
So sorry to hear this. Michelle was a good friend so many years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family. God Bless.
Posted by Ken Gagne on March 1, 2018
I am so sorry to hear this. My heartfelt condolences go out to Michelle’s family and all who called her a friend. Her smile and spirit will live on in all of us. Peace & Love Always

Posted by Lisa Marie Ayers Morrissey on March 1, 2018
Michelle, I will always treasure your heart and spirit my dear sister. Fly high with your wings spread wide Beautiful. Save just one more with our Lord's help. Forever grateful for our friendship. Lisa
Posted by Patrick Major on March 1, 2018
Rest in Peace Michelle
Posted by Shannon Holt Page on February 28, 2018
I am heartbroken to hear of Michelle‘s passing. I danced with Michelle for many years at Kasaks school dance. She was always such a kind and wonderful person with an infectious smile and a heart of gold. My deepest sympathies go out to all of her family and friends .
Posted by shelia bahm on February 28, 2018
You will be missed. You was a good neighbor . You always enjoyed Neveah when they played outside and she would come over to talk to you . We never got around baking together like we always talked about . You will be in my thoughts and prayer. RIP Michelle .
Posted by Michelle Morrissette Raney on February 28, 2018
So sad to hear this news. Michelle and I had such good times dancing at the Kasak’s. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed. My sincere condolences to her family.
Posted by Jill Kazeroid on February 28, 2018
So sorry to hear this shocking news. Michelle & I were in high school together & took dance lessons together at Kasak's School of Dance. You were such a nice friend & human being. Prayers for your family. You wii be missed...
Posted by Lorrie Kasak Adamczyk on February 28, 2018
So very sorry to hear this.... I loved Michelle when she danced with us as a teen and young adult, and the handful of times I connected with her as an adult... so much beauty and talent in a human being - she was a beautiful dancer and beautiful person, we will miss her and her spirit.
Posted by Matthew Wegner on February 28, 2018
You will be missed dearly my friend. I can’t seem to find the words to say to express our friendship. You will forever be in our hearts and on our minds. I’ll never forget your smile or the sound of your laugh. We had so many good times which will provide me with such great memories! You’re friendship and kindness brought such warmth to so many lives and I am blessed to have been able to be your friend. Heaven gained an angel. Fly high Michele.
Posted by Michelle Greenwood-Foley on February 28, 2018
I am so sorry to hear this news. Gone too soon. My deepest condolences to her family and to all those who loved her. God bless.
Posted by Renee T Robillard on February 28, 2018
So sad lots of memories. Such a beautiful soul she is.
Posted by Jacqueline Fortier Schnackertz on February 28, 2018
I am so heartbroken to hear this news. May the angels take care of you now Michelle. Prayers to your family.
Posted by Missy Holt Fagan on February 28, 2018
So very sorry to hear this news. So many wonderful memories from HS and dancing with the Kasaks. Deepest condolences to all who loved her.
Posted by Beatrice Peter on February 28, 2018
Michelle i will always have fond memories of you though we did't see each other enough. I remember when you were just a baby and the time we spent together in Chicago. I also remember coming to visit you in Germany. You then had 3 new brothers. You were definitely the big sister. We had a great time in Europe. Then you kept growing into a beautiful young lady and I visited you in MA. There you had become the manager of several retail stores. I shopped at one of them and took some great items back to Chicago. I was so excited to know you managed upscale Women's retail stores. I know we will meet again. Thanks for being in our lives. you always were a beautiful spirit. Rest in peace. Love, Aunt Bea
Posted by Denise Houle Dumala on February 28, 2018
Gone to soon, but will dance above with all that have gone before you, Michelle. Prayers of comfort to her family.
Posted by Kelly Bouchard on February 28, 2018
I am so shocked and saddened by this news. You were one of the special people put on this earth and have been taken away much too soon. I know over the years that we had gone our separate ways unfortunately as we do as we are growing up, however you never grew out of my heart and were always considered a wonderful friend. I can only wish we had time to see one another again. You will always be in my heart as within many. Fly High until we meet again.
Posted by Darryl Tiggle on February 28, 2018
Hearing this news really broke my heart. God Bless You Michelle. My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved her.
Posted by Jadyn Toliver on February 28, 2018
You will be missed dearly, I love you love your niece jadyn
Posted by Pamela Anderson on February 27, 2018
A wonderful light taken too soon. May you rest in peace and know that you were a special part of a loving family.
Posted by Melinda Haynes on February 27, 2018
Goodbye Michelle it's hard to die, when all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air, with the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there
We had joy, we had fun We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song, like the seasons have all gone

I remember you would play this song even though it made me cry. Now I will play it for you. Fly with the angels, Cousin.
Posted by Dan Haynes on February 27, 2018
May you dance with the angels and be at peace. Forever loved. Your cousin, Dan.
Posted by Harold Haynes on February 27, 2018
Michelle you will forever be in our hearts from Fort Hood, Texas to San Francisco and on to Springfield, MA. We traveled the same roads together and it was a beautiful road very much like you Michelle. You were more than just a sister you were a model for your brothers and many others who crossed your path for someone to be looked up to with much love and respect. Our hearts are heavy today but happy that you will join Bobby and smile down upon us. We were lucky to have you in our lives and will see you again.

Our Love always,

Uncle Harold & Aunt Julie
Posted by Vicky Brooks Bailey on February 27, 2018
So sorry for your loss Tony & family . God bless!
Posted by Linda Anderson on February 27, 2018
You were a beautiful person inside and out. You will be missed.Buddy is waiting for you.
Posted by Your neighbor Wade. on February 27, 2018
As Id be off to work id see you everyday, sitting on your pouch in the sun u bath, I never knew you, waved or even said hey, one day you fell and didnt get up, I leaped that fence as fast as I could, at your side is where I knelt, asking you exactly how u felt, I helped you up and in to the house and grabbed your things as I helped you out, ill never forget what you said that day, god bess you sir your an angel in many ways, you told me thank you and god bless. You said I had a heart of an angel as I left. I remember your voice so very well Ill never forget....the day you fell. As that was the day I met a new friend im so sad to see it end. RIP MICHELLE Fly High
Posted by Jason Franklin on February 27, 2018
Always in our hearts. Rest easy until we see each other again. Love, your brother. Jason
Posted by Karli kiner on February 27, 2018
You will be loved and missed always Michelle
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