Michelle Jean Bulau, 36, of O'Neill died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Visitation  was held Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in O'Neill with a rosary. The rosary was live-streamed at https://holtboydcatholic.org/bulau. Masks and social distancing were practiced.

A private family service was held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. The service may be viewed at https://holtboydcatholic.org/bulau. Burial was in the O'Neill Calvary Cemetery in O'Neill.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill was in charge of the arrangements.

Michelle was born Oct. 21, 1984, to Hugh and Mardell (Vandersnick) Shoemaker, in O’Neill. She attended St. Mary’s Schools, graduating in 2003.  

She went on to attend University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska Medical Center in Kearney, graduating in 2008 with her bachelor of science in nursing.  

She started her career at Nebraska Medicine in the cardiac care unit. She continued her career in the step down unit at Faith Regional until she returned to O’Neill. She worked as the MDS coordinator at the Good Samaritan Society in Atkinson until she transitioned to the director of nursing at the nursing home in O’Neill.  

Michelle concluded her career at Avera St. Anthony’s Hospital in the surgery department where she made her second family. She continued to work until her health no longer allowed. 

In 2002, Michelle met the love of her life Luke Bulau at Gibson’s Discount Center, where they worked together. From that moment they were inseparable. The couple wed in 2009 and to this union five children were born Lily, Jack, Emma, Ellie and Hatti. Together they enjoyed doing home renovation projects and rarely did she miss one of Luke’s basketball games to support his teams over the years.  

Michelle loved gardening flowers, home decorating, spending time with friends and family and celebrating any occasion that warranted a get-together. She was especially proud of her t-shirt business, Two Bits and then some. 

In 2018, Michelle became part of the Pink Bandana family supporting others throughout Nebraska also enduring breast cancer. She returned each summer to participate in their mud volleyball tournament.  

Most of all, she loved watching her children grow. She will be remembered for her strong faith, kind heart, stubborn streak and devotion to her spouse, children, family and friends.  

Michelle is survived by her husband Luke; five children Lily, Jack, Emma, Hatti and Ellie; parents Hugh and Mardell Shoemaker; one sister Jennifer (Jason) Koehlmoos; one brother Tim (Kelcey) Shoemaker; parents-in-law Rod and Cris Bulau, all of O’Neill; four sisters-in-law Cory (Chad) Newman of Norfolk, Amber (Ryan) Parks of O’Neill, Hidy (Matt) Crandell of Lincoln and Chelsi (Jamie) Hames of Crofton; one brother-in-law Jake (Shannon) Bulau of Norfolk; grandparents Betty Hamik of O’Neill and Bob Novak of Sioux Falls, SD; special aunt and uncle Mariclaire and Bob Musil of O’Neill; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by grandparents Roy and Florence Vandersnick, Bob and Margaret Shoemaker, Edgar and Maxine Bulau, Tom Schaub and Chuck Hamik; and three uncles Dennis Vandersnick, John Carrizales and Bill Meyer.    


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