Marlene Mendoza, Gilt Enter Films, Exec. Producer Headline Animator

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Michelle Rousso Obituary - October 1980 to May 2016

Michelle Rousso

Michelle G. Rousso

October 2, 1980 – May 28, 2016

Michelle G. Rousso was born October 2nd, 1980 in Orange County, California by her parents Eddie Rousso and Marlene Mendoza. Michelle’s father was a Union Teamster Representative. He passed when Michelle was 7 years old. Marlene and Michelle moved to Palm Springs, CA where they have both lived together since. She attended Palm Spring High School.  She is survived by her Mother and brother Dan Castillo. Michelle was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type II in her mid-20’s which caused her to become deaf. Michelle was an asset to House Ear Clinic research. 

Most importantly, she was a blessing to life itself and her friends and family will always have a place in their hearts and souls for her – as one friend put it “you’ve touched many people with your caring heart, positive attitude, bright and warming smile and memories of her will always bring a smile”.  She was always part of her cousins and relatives of the Pacholka family lives baking for their special events.  Her cousin Mary recently stated "she was one of the strongest girls she knew, such a good person, strong yet with the softest and biggest heart”.  She was so happy her brother Dan Castillo saw her a week before she died and they shared special moments.  

Michelle passed away after a short period of declining health due to Leukemia at home, with her family by her side on May 28th, 2016 at 35 years old. She is remembered by her mother, her (Pacholka) family and her friends.  Her memorial services will be at Our Lady of Solitude at 151 W. Alejo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262 at 10:00 a.m. on June 25, 2016.