Balestracci, Michele

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Michele Balestracci
Michele Balestracci

On Friday, June 8, 2018, Michele Balestracci, wife, mother and friend, passed away after her long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) at the age of 61. Michele will be forever remembered by her husband and best friend Mark of 40 years, and her precious children, Crystal and Ryan.

Michele was born in Melrose, Ma., on Dec. 30, 1956. She graduated from North Reading High School in 1975 and continued on to receive an associate's degree in Home Design.

Michele worked as a kitchen and bath designer for Home Depot of Fredericksburg, Va., for approximately eight years and a homemaker the rest of her life. She enjoyed gardening, cross stitching and motorcycle riding. She was actively involved in the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association as a veteran supporter.

Michele is survived by her husband, Mark Balestracci; daughter, Crystal (Jeff) Spaide; son, Ryan Balestracci of Fredericksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Cassandra and Christian Spaide and cousin Marion McKeague Stanley. Michele will also be forever remembered by her numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Michele was preceded in death by her parents, Germano and Carolynn Cordesco and grandparents, Joe and Marion McKeague.

A memorial service in memory of Michele will be held on Friday, June 15, at 6 p.m. at Turner Funeral Home, 3913 Webb Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37416.

A visitation for Michele will be celebrated on Friday, Aug. 10, at 9:30 a.m. at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading, Ma. 01864, with a memorial service following at 11 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Croswell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the ALS Foundation at

Our family wishes to thank everyone for all of their caring and support throughout this very difficult time.

Please share your memories on our guestbook.


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