Jean Helen Michaud
Oct. 23, 1930 – July 7, 2011
Jean H. Michaud, a Waukesha resident since 1959, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at her home at Avalon Square at the age of 80. She was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 23, 1930, the daughter of Charles Sterling and Ariel May (nee Beverly) Mackenzie.
After receiving her diploma as a registered nurse from Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, Jean entered the United States for employment at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. There she met her future husband, Ted C. Michaud, a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Michigan. On Sept. 10, 1955, they were married in London, Ontario, at the United Church of Canada. Jean became a citizen of the United States in June of 1966.
Jean was the first nurse at Avalon Manor, now Avalon Square, where she has resided since 2006. Following her employment at Avalon, she was in charge of immunization clinics for the Waukesha County Health Department and later was the employee health nurse at Waukesha Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1993.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Waukesha and an officer of the Parent-Teachers Association at Hawthorne Elementary School. Jean had a lifelong interest in children and was a pediatric nurse at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.
During her earlier married years, the family spent summer vacations at the Mackenzie family cottage in Sarnia, Ontario, where Jean often looked after the 14 grandchildren of her parents, Charlie and Ariel (her nieces and nephews). When Carroll College had an influx of foreign exchange students, Jean took 19-year-old Vasilios Evrenoglou from Greece under her wing. The Michaud family traveled to Oregon in the early 1960s, where Jean looked after her three toddlers while Ted collected marine specimens under a National Science Foundation grant.
Jean loved traveling overseas to Europe in 1990 and often with family to conventions of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Society. She and Ted provided transportation to the Huntsville, Ala., Space Center Convention, to Erie, Pa., and the New Orleans convention for several Carroll College students. She attended two BBB conventions in Puerto Rico, one in Colorado and the planning sessions for the San Diego and San Antonio conventions.
Jean was always interested in sports. As a young girl, she served as a goalie in hockey games with her three brothers. In high school, she remembered playing tennis with the doctor who reported on the early developments in heart transplant surgery on television later in life. She and Ted lived near the University of Michigan Stadium from 1955 to 1957 and attended most of the football games. During her early years at Carroll College, she went sledding with Vasilios Evrenoglou and her three children down the hill at South High School at night while Ted studied.
Jean will be sorely missed by her husband, Dr. Ted Michaud of Waukesha; her sons, Michael (Gail) Michaud of Holland, Mich., and David (Amparo) Michaud of Philadelphia; and her daughter, Susan (William) Lieven of Milwaukee. She was the proud grandmother of Spencer Michaud of Ann Arbor, Amanda and Adriana Michaud of Massachusetts, Samantha and James Lieven of Milwaukee and Kris Diehl of Caledonia, Mich. She was the dear great-grandmother of Sofie Nepiuk and Evan William Diehl. Jean is further survived by her two brothers, Douglas and Stuart Mackenzie of Sarnia, Ontario.
In addition to her parents, her brother Beverly preceded her in death.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Tuesday, July 12, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Don Clarke will preside. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Prairie Home Cemetery. Please meet at the cemetery office. A second visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, July 16, at Avalon Square, 222 Park Place, Waukesha, WI 53186.
If desired, memorials are appreciated to the Waukesha Memorial Hospital Foundation, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188, or to the Avalon Square Foundation (address above).
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.