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Michelle Danko

9/28/1974 - 9/01/2023

Michelle Danko, age 48 of Stow, passed away peacefully on September 1st, 2023, at Summa Health Hospital in Akron, surrounded by her family. She was born on September 28th, 1974 in Rapid City, South Dakota on Ellsworth Air Force Base where her parents were stationed at the time.

Michelle was a phlebotomist for Quest Diagnostics where she enjoyed taking care of patients.

Michelle was a US Navy veteran who proudly served as a Seaman Spec. Gunners Mate on The USS Simon Lake (AS-33). She always took great pride in her country and helping other veterans. Michelle also loved animals, staying physically fit and working out, and above all else, being with her family.

Michelle is the beloved mother of Daniel “Danny” Nichols; dearest daughter of Dorothy “Dotty” Danko and John (Jody) Danko.

All services were private. Burial was held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Donations can be made in Michelle’s name to the Travis Mills Foundation


Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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10 Replies to “Michelle Danko”

  1. She was a beloved sister, shipmate, friend and confidant. She will be greatly missed by all who love her and have crossed her path. Love you and miss you so much Michelle, until we meet again.


    1. Thank you Raeleen, Michelle loved and respected you as your sister. Love, Mom


  2. Dianna L Pope-Fricks September 5, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    You were always a spark of energy that will be truly missed by all that knew you. Fair winds and following seas, your shipmates have the watch.


  3. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I was stationed with Michelle on the USS Simon Lake. She was a great lady and an outstanding Sailor. She will be missed by many. 🙏🙏🙏 to you all!


  4. Carolina Tagalicud September 5, 2023 at 11:34 pm

    You are Loved and will be deeply missed!!
    I know that Grandma Viola and Grandpo Willie will be waiting for you with Open arms ❤️
    Give them a Big hug for me.

    I Love you BUNCHES!
    Love your Auntie Carolyn (Totzie)


    1. Dorothy Lorrie Danko September 12, 2023 at 4:37 pm

      Totzie, thank you for your kind words. Love you Sis.


  5. Billy and Joyce Balante September 5, 2023 at 11:48 pm

    Danko familie – please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. RIP Shipmate – wishing you “Fair Winds and Following Seas”. We have your six. Served onboard USS SIMON LAKE (AS-33) Personnelman Third class. Hand Salute!!


  6. Ship's Bosun,CWO. FRANK A. NASH,USN, RET. September 5, 2023 at 11:50 pm

    I am proud to have served with Michelle on the USS Simon Lake AS-33 Deck Department, Italy. I was her mentor for two years. She were a hard worker and did all her tasks with perfection. Michelle was and still well liked by Officers In Charge. She will be missed in sharing those good food recipes or sharing something she seen and bought at Market.
    Michelle you will be Greatly Missed. You stood many impeccable long underway ship’s bridge watches; NOW we relieve you the watch Deck Department now Piping You Over The Side: WE HAVE THE WATCH!! Love you my Friend, Never Forgotten.


  7. SGT David W Ferree USA Retired USS Simon Lake AS-33 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions Deck Department September 9, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Hello All, I met Michelle on the Simon Lake and yes she was Awesome. I hope you guys as her Family know the joy we all Felt having known your Michelle and I really thank you for that chance and I pray you are feeling Peace at such at hard time. Good Night Michelle thank you for the experience of being a part of your lifetime.


  8. I just found out this morning of Michelle’s “Chel” passing. I am in utter disbelief. Chel and I worked at Bed Bath and Beyond together. She was the nicest ,funniest , and caring person. The world has lost a great person. Prayers for the family at this time. My condolences.


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