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Michelle Marie Pascarella

September 20, 1969 ~ January 6, 2020 (age 50)


Michelle Marie Pascarella, 50, of Phoenix, Arizona passed away suddenly on January 6, 2020.  She was born Sept 20, 1969 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Michelle attended Perry Walker High School in New Orleans, Louisiana where she participated in the JROTC.  She earned a full academic scholarship to Ohio State University where she was a member of The Ohio State AFROTC Centurion Drill Team.  Michelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1995.

She moved to Phoenix Arizona in 1997 where she worked at Protection One until finding her true calling at the Scottsdale Police Department, first as a dispatcher and later as a Supervisor of Police Communications Dispatch.  For over 20 years, Michelle dedicated herself to those who called for help on the worst day of their lives and the officers who went to help.      

Michelle was a true friend and mentor and a dependable support to her family, friends, and colleagues. She was known for her bubbly personality, quick wit, sense of humor, and deep compassion for others.  She was a passionate animal advocate and gave a second chance to four Rottweilers, Buckeye, Sloopy, Scarlet, and Lucie.   

Michelle, your presence will be deeply missed.  We hope heaven has stocked up on coffee, books, cross-stitch, and cases of diet Pepsi.  And secretly, God does favor The Ohio State Buckeyes over the Michigan Wolverines.

She is preceded in death by her father, Vincent Pascarella.  Michelle is survived by her mother, Barbara Rader, and stepfather, Charlie Rader, of New Orleans, Louisiana, Aunts Lisa Smith and Margaret Boyd and Uncle, Nate Boyd, all of Mississippi, Uncle Mike Pascarella of Syracuse, New York, Aunts Sandra Pascarella and Mary Pascarella Izzo of Scottsdale Arizona.  And numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by her Siamese twins, Kim James and Lori Burch of Columbus, Ohio and many dear friends and colleagues. 

In lieu of flowers, Michelle would have loved for you to consider donating to a Rottweiler rescue group.  Michelle adopted her dogs from Rotten Rottie Rescue  You can also donate to rescue in her honor wherever you live locally or any other dog rescue group.  




Memorial Gathering
January 17, 2020

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Messinger Indian School Mortuary (Scottsdale, AZ)
7601 E. Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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