The tight-knit community of McFarland is reeling from the devastating car accident that claimed the lives of three beloved individuals: Michael J. Walsh, Angela M. Walsh, and their daughter Jessica M. Walsh. The car accident occurred on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, leaving the entire town in shock and grief. As the community prepares to bid farewell to this loving family, they also come together to celebrate the incredible lives they led.
Who is Michael J. Walsh?
Michael, known affectionately as Mike, was born on January 9, 1964, to Thomas and Barbara Walsh in Joliet. He found his soulmate in Angela Walsh (nee Hauser), and together, they shared a beautiful life raising their son Derick Walsh and daughter Jessica Walsh. Mike was a loving husband, a dedicated father, and a source of unwavering support for his family.
In addition to his roles as a husband and father, Mike was actively involved in the St. Vincent DePaul Society, volunteering his time and energy to help those in need. His compassion and selflessness touched the lives of many in the community.
Mike leaves behind a lasting legacy of love and kindness. He is survived by his son Derick, his mother and father, Thomas and Barbara Walsh, his brother Brian (Tammie) Walsh, and sisters Susan (Steve) Leggero and Janice (Christopher) Hurley. He is also fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews. The Hauser family, including Angela’s mother, father, sister, and brother-in-law, also mourn his passing.
Who is Angela M. Walsh?
Angela was born on September 20, 1966, in Denison, Iowa, to Richard and Mavis Hauser. An outstanding student, she attended Iowa State University, where fate brought her together with Michael Walsh. They married in 1989 and embarked on a journey of love and devotion.
Angela’s greatest joy in life was being a devoted mother to her children, Derick and Jessica. She poured her heart and soul into caring for them and supporting them in every endeavor. Angela’s genuine warmth and ability to make others feel special made her a beloved presence in the lives of family and friends.
Her passing leaves a profound void in the hearts of those who knew her. Angela’s gift of listening and understanding made her a treasured confidant to many. Her memory will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Who is Jessica M. Walsh?
Born on September 16, 1996, to Mike and Angela Walsh, Jessica, lovingly called Jessie, was a bright and ambitious young woman. Her educational journey led her to graduate from Fishers High School and earn her Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology with a minor in Astro Physics from Ball State University.
Jessica’s fascination with the cosmos led her to work for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Program through NASA at Arizona State University. She was pursuing her Ph.D. in Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University, focusing on lunar and Martian research.
Her passion for science was matched only by her zest for life. Jessie enjoyed camping, hiking, snowboarding, and indulged her love for astronomy by stargazing whenever she could. She was also an avid Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast and had a special place in her heart for animals, especially her beloved dog Galaxy.
In her short life, Jessica touched many hearts with her warm personality and inclusive nature. She had a unique ability to turn ordinary moments into memorable adventures, leaving a trail of joy and gratitude in her wake.
Michael, Angela and Jessica Walsh Obituary and Funeral Service
The Funeral Mass for Michael, Angela, and Jessica Walsh will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 4, 2023, at Christ the King Catholic Church, located at 5306 Main St, McFarland, WI 53558. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the local St. Vincent DePaul Society, a cause close to Mike and Angela’s hearts.
As the community comes together to say their farewells, they also celebrate the lives of these remarkable individuals. Michael, Angela, and Jessica Walsh leave behind a legacy of love, compassion, and inspiration that will forever be etched in the hearts of those who knew and loved them.
May they rest in peace, together forever, under the watchful gaze of the stars that Jessica held so dear.
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