Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Michelle E. Van der Essen

July 25, 1947 – May 8, 2022 (age 74)

Newburgh, New York

Michelle “Shelly” E. Van der Essen, 74 of Newburgh, NY passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022. The daughter of the late Michael and Kathleen (Burger) Vigh, she was born in Newburgh, NY on July 25, 1947.

Shelly was a 1965 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy. Her favorite band was The Beatles, who she got to see at Shea Stadium in 1965.  She loved American history and participated in American Revolution re-enactments. She was also know for her fabulous Christmas parties. 

Shelly is survived by her husband, Franklin Peter Van der Essen; two sons, Michael F. Porter and Christopher P. Van der Essen, both of Newburgh; her grandchildren, Emily K. Porter, Rowan Moore and Daniel Moore; and her beloved cat Sasha. 

Services for Shelly are private. Memorial donations in Shelly’s name may be made to The American Cancer Society.

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