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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Shelah Michael

Shelah Michael

July 12, 1935 - December 14, 2020

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills

Service Date: Friday December 18th, 2020

Service Time: 1:00 pm

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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Shelah Saul Michael 85, born on July 12,1935 in Birmingham, Alabama,
passed away peacefully of natural causes on December 14, 2020 at her
home in San Diego, CA. At her side were husband, Kenneth Robert
Michael, and daughters Pamela Michael Schmider and Hope Michael
Hook. She is also survived by her son, Andrew Philip Michael and his wife
Jackie Miller, son-in-laws David Harris Hook, Ernest Lee Schmider, Omar
A. Rodriguez and her beloved grandchildren Alexander Finn Schmider and
Spencer Michael Schmider.
A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend, always
gracious and soft spoken, Shelah Michael was nevertheless a force of
nature. After suffering and surviving polio in her teens, which left her
physically weakened, of petit stature but doubly determined, she went on to
receive her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her
master’s degree in Medical Social Work from the University of Chicago, at
a time when it was uncommon in the conservative south for a Jewish
woman to achieve such distinction. After marrying Kenneth, in
Birmingham, Alabama on August 30,1958, the couple moved to Columbus,
Ohio where they began their family.
As a medical social worker she focused on children, disabled individuals
and the elderly to improve their lives mentally and physically.
Since moving to San Diego Shelah dedicated much of her time to the
National Post Polio Network serving as President and spokesperson for a
several years, Lifetime Learners continuing education board member, and
a variety of other community outreach programs. Shelah, was also an
outspoken LGBTQ advocate and, of course, devoted mother and
grandmother.
Her memory is a blessing and inspiration to live life on your own terms with
strength of heart and will. A private family interment service will be held at
Mt. Sinai Memorial Garden in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, CA. The
family has requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in memory
of Shelah Michael to St. Jude Children’s Hospital
at https://www.stjude.org/give/memorials-and-dedications.