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“We are so sorry to hear of the prasding of our dear neighbor Arlette. We were so blessed to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers to the family. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Charles & Ruth Marsden - Avalon, NJ

“Brielle, Very sorry to read about your mom, she was a great teacher and leaves me with great memories from 6th grade in Avalon school.I used to love...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: david SONNER - south dennis, NJ

“I was so saddened to hear of your mothers passing. She taught me in Avalon back in the 60's in the old Avalon Library. She called me Seanie Mahonie...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Sean Keating - South Dennis, NJ

“Dear Gabriel and Danny and family.Our sympathies on the passing of Arlette. Tracy was her neighbor and friend for many years and is very sad. ...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Myrna and Jerry, Tracy adamczyk - NJ

“Mrs Michaelis was my 6th grade teacher she was an inspiration to all who knew her I will miss her smiling face in church god bless her and her family ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: marie mathis - swainton, NJ

“Brie, my prayers and sympathies for your mother and to all your family. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Mary Herlihy - Mullica Hill, NJ

“went to school with her children class of 1978 middle township high school. to the family so sorry for the loss of your mom...leon and...Read More »
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Arlette Michaelis, 93, of South Dennis, New Jersey and formerly of Brussels, Belgium passed away on May 13, 2018 at her home in South Dennis. She died after a brief bout of cancer. Mrs. Michaelis was the daughter of Maurice and Georgette deMonceau of Brussels, Belgium She is the sister of Guy deMonceau of Collonges, France, Ginette Golley (deceased) of Bedford, Massachusetts and Phillippe deMonceau of Brussels, Belgium. Mrs. Michaelis was wed to Lansing Michaelis of New York on January 31, 1948. They lived in New York and in 1952 they purchased their home in South Dennis, N.J. Mr. Michaelis passed away in 1996. Mrs. Michaelis attended Normal school in Brussels for teaching. She attended Glassboro State College and earned her Bachelor's degree in Education in 1971. She continued taking classes throughout her career, working towards her Master's degree. Arlette had an illustrious career as an educator - she substituted at various county schools and also taught for five years at St. Joseph's Parochial School in Sea Isle City, NJ. From 1971 until 1989 she was the beloved teacher of sixth graders in Avalon, New Jersey. Mrs. Michaelis was an innovative and imaginative teacher who made her classes stimulating and enriching to her students. Even to the end of her days, she remained in touch with many of her former students who claimed that being instructed by her had a profound effect on their lives and careers. She was one of those fortunate individuals who had the perfect marriage between personality and career. Mrs. Michaelis attended St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church for fifty years. She performed lectoring duties and enjoyed being a part of this spiritual community. Mrs. Michaelis was very active in New Jersey Education Association; she held offices both before and after retirement. She headed the Cape May County Arthritis Foundation for many years. Arlette was also a member of the American Association of University Women. One of her favorite pastimes was belonging to a group of fellow Francophiles who met on Mondays. She found much enjoyment from being able to touch bases with friends who loved her rich culture as
much as she did. In 2005 she published her autobiography, Beyond the Ouija Board, recalling her life as a teenager in Nazi-occupied Belgium. She and her family were active in the Resistance and gave aid to Jewish families imprisoned by the German occupiers. Mrs. Michaelis toured several states as a guest speaker, lecturing and sitting on panels for students studying the Holocaust. Her family has been inducted into the Yad Vashem, or the "Righteous Among the Nations," Israel's memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, as "gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need." This was a most proud moment in her family history. In later life she discovered her talent as a watercolorist. She regularly enrolled in classes at the Cape May County Library and the lessons and friendships she garnered there reawoke her desire for learning and producing beautiful works of art. This was the cherry on top of an already rich and rewarding life.
Lastly, no obituary for Arlette would be complete without recalling her incredible sense of humor. She lived her life by making lemonade out of lemons and finding humor in all manner of subjects. Her last joke was to die on Mother's day so her family would never forget her! She will be remembered by those whose life she impacted, especially by her children, Jacqueline Soffe of Enterprise, Alabama; Lansing Michaelis of New Orleans, Louisiana; Gabrielle Michaelis (Daniel) of Belleplain, New Jersey. She is also survived by her grandchildren Nicole Michaelis, Alexa Mellman, Donald Scheid, Josephine Scheid and Emilie Soffe plus seven great- grandchildren, Chase, Madisyn, Cayla, Kinsley, Lily, Liam and Gabriel.
In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, The Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 2111 New Road, Suite 100, Northfield, NJ 08225-1512, South Jersey Cancer Society.and the Arthritis Foundation.