May 21, 1964-Oct. 12, 2011
Seal Beach, California
Michele Daschbach Fast, 47, passed away in Seal Beach, California on October 12, 2011. Michele leaves, Patrick, her loving husband of 24 years; and their three children, Patrick, 20, a senior at CAL; Laura, 18, a UCLA freshman; and Lisa, 16, a junior in high school.
The youngest of six children, Michele is survived by her parents, Howard and Leonore Daschbach; sisters and brothers, LeeLee Cusenza of Pleasanton, Lisa Fuerst, Laura Pitchford, and Mark Daschbach, of the Pennisula, and Rooney Daschbach of Sunset Beach. Michele also leaves behind her father-in-law, Stephen Fast, seven brothers- and sisters-in law, 15 nieces and nephews, three of Pleasanton, and two great nieces. Her Labrador Otis, has also lost his most loyal companion.
Michele was born at Stanford Hospital and attended St. Raymond Elementary School and Sacred Heart High School in her local community. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara where she met her husband Patrick. Michele and Patrick settled in Seal Beach where they lived and raised their family for the past 16 years.
Michele was a very dedicated sports fan. She stepped up to the plate supporting the teams of her children, nieces, and nephews. Michele was a life-long SF Giants fan in good times and in bad. Michele’s family is very glad that Michele was able to see the Giants win the 2010 World Series. Michele was an outstanding athlete herself and was a daily 5:00am swimmer at the local pool.
Michele was a natural comedian. Her humor brightened the day of friends, strangers, and most of all her parents.
Michele has left us way too early, but lived her shortened life so fully and selflessly. She made such an impact on the lives of other and will never be forgotten. Her beautiful smile, hearty laugh, and loving and tender spirit will be with us forever.
Services were held for Michele on October 20th at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Seal Beach, and on October 22nd at Nativity Church in Menlo Park.
In lieu of flowers, a request was made to help with Michele's favorite charity, Smile Train, which provides surgery for children with cleft palates who without support would be unable to receive the surgery. At this date, Michele’s Smile Train Memorial Fund will be able to provide 250 children with the surgery.