Michelle Bulau

Michelle Bulau

Sunday, October 21st, 1984 - Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
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Visitation for Michelle Jean (Shoemaker) Bulau, age 36, of O’Neill, NE will be Friday, November 13, 2020 from 2-8 PM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in O’Neill with a Parish Rosary at 7 PM. The Rosary will be live-streamed at Masks are required and social distancing is requested. A Private Family Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church. The public may watch the service at Burial will be in the O’Neill Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family for future designation. Michelle passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. Biglin's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Michelle Jean Shoemaker was born October 21, 1984, to Hugh and Mardell (Vandersnick) Shoemaker, in O’Neill, NE. She attended St. Mary’s Schools, graduating in 2003. She went on to attend University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska Medical Center in Kearney, graduating in 2008 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She started her career at Nebraska Medicine in the cardiac care unit. She continued her career in the step down unit at Faith Regional until she returned to O’Neill. She worked as the MDS coordinator at the Good Samaritan Society in Atkinson until she transitioned to the director of nursing at the nursing home in O’Neill. Michelle concluded her career at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in the surgery department where she made her second family. She continued to work until her health no longer allowed.

In 2002, Michelle met the love of her life, Luke Bulau, at Gibson’s Discount Center, where they worked together. From that moment they were inseparable. The couple wed in 2009 and to this union 5 children were born: Lily, Jack, Emma, Ellie and Hatti. Together they enjoyed doing home renovation projects and rarely did she miss one of Luke’s basketball games to support his teams over the years.

Michelle loved gardening flowers, home decorating, spending time with friends and family, and celebrating any occasion that warranted a get-together. She was especially proud of her t-shirt business, Two Bits and then some.

In 2018, Michelle became part of the Pink Bandana family supporting others throughout Nebraska also enduring breast cancer. She returned each summer to participate in their mud volleyball tournament.

Most of all, she loved watching her children grow. She will be remembered for her strong faith, kind heart, stubborn streak, and devotion to her spouse, children, family, and friends.

Michelle is survived by her husband, Luke and children, Lily, Jack, Emma, Hatti and Ellie; parents, Hugh and Mardell Shoemaker; sister, Jennifer (Jason) Koehlmoos; brother, Tim (Kelcey) Shoemaker; parents-in-law, Rod and Cris Bulau all of O’Neill, NE; sisters-in-law, Cory (Chad) Newman of Norfolk, NE, Amber (Ryan) Parks of O’Neill, NE, Hidy (Matt) Crandell of Lincoln, NE, and Chelsi (Jamie) Hames of Crofton, NE; brother-in-law, Jake (Shannon) Bulau of Norfolk, NE; grandparents, Betty Hamik of O’Neill, NE and Bob Novak of Sioux Falls, SD; special aunt and uncle Mariclaire and Bob Musil of O’Neill, NE; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends.

Michelle is preceded in death by grandparents, Roy and Florence Vandersnick and Bob and Margaret Shoemaker, Edgar and Maxine Bulau, Tom Schaub, Chuck Hamik; uncles, Dennis Vandersnick, John Carrizales, and Bill Meyer.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, November 13th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    326 East Benton Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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  • Interment

    O'Neill Cemetery
    Liberty Ave and North Jefferson Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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Chris Johnson and families

Posted at 10:57am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your lossour thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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Vincent and Diana Vandersnick

Posted at 08:11pm
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Posted at 07:47pm
Luke, Lily, Jack, Emma, Hatti, and Ellie, God's peace be with each of you. Love, Stacia, Greg, Eden, & Ruby (Troshynski) Brown
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Bill & Kay McElvain

Posted at 03:08pm
Our sincere sympathy to Luke and family. Our prayers are sent your way to help you through this difficult time.

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Jody Campbell Clemens

Posted at 02:38pm
My sincere sympathies to all of you, her family n friends that she leaves to mourn. Know she is at peace in the arms if God. May you all be blessed.

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