Michelle Paulette McCowen, age 53, of Portage passed away June 23, 2019 at her residence. Michelle was born on April 23, 1966 in Fort Wayne, IN to Joe and Carolyn "Sue" (Rice) Tiernan. She graduated from Western High School in Jackson, MI and went on to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. Michelle worked at Bronson Medical Hospital in Kalamazoo as an Emergency Department Technician for 15 years. Everyone loved Michelle for her award-winning personality. She was bubbly and engaging. Michelle enjoyed talking on the phone for hours with friends and family. She loved staying up late watching movies, perfecting her amazing goulash and lasagna recipes, and telling stories around the campfire. Michelle loved dancing, especially to Janet Jackson songs. She had such a soft spot for animals that she had accumulated 88 of them over the years! Michelle is survived by her parents, Joe and Sue Tiernan; children, Meghan Karle of Brooklyn, Madison Burns of Chicago, Mackenzie McCowen of Kalamazoo, Joey McCowen of Kalamazoo, and Stephen McCowen of Kalamazoo; sister, Tine (Paul) Prinzi of Clinton Township; niece, Kadra Prinzi of Clinton Township; and best friend, Mary Wilson of Kalamazoo. She was preceded by sister's Kendra and Shawn Marie Tiernan; and nephew, Caden Prinzi. Visitation will take place at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 Old US 27 North, Marshall Chapel on Thursday June 27, 2019 from 11am-1pm. A funeral service will follow the visitation, beginning at 1pm. Cremation will be conducted after the service. Memorial contributions are requested to Mother's Against Drunk Driving; donate online by visiting www.madd.org. Assistance with memorials is available at the Kempf Funeral Home, Marshall Chapel. Please leave the family a personal message and sign the online guest book at www.kempffuneral.com.