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Nina Marie Michalic 6/27/40-6/5/2018 Nina was born in Chicago, Illinois to Edward and Florence Jelinek. She grew up in a funky Bohemian neighborhood with a "Cock Robin" ice cream shop on the corner. Back in those days she was an excellent dancer and her mad skills on the dance floor and bubbly personality had her quested after as well as envied by many. She was so fun and beautiful! She became an Arizona resident over 35 years ago and never went back to the Midwest. She loved her home here. We called our mom "Nani" and she was EVERYTHING to us. She was our voice of reason. Our needle and thread. Our security blanket in times of need. She was basically the glue that held this whole darn thing together. She was the "Go To". She was "The Fixer". She was always available and after selling real estate for so many years she had every connection in the book! I must also mention all the friends and business associates she spoke so fondly of. She loved all of you dearly and loved working together to help make other peoples' dreams come true. She was like a mom to all of her clients. They never forgot her. Need your roof repaired? Hardwood floors? A gorgeous backsplash? How about a good dog groomer? A pediatrician? Or maybe an honest mechanic or a reliable landscaper? She had it COVERED! Every time. She also made every home she owned feel like it was straight out of Phoenix Home & Garden. Her amazing landscaping skills came naturally. Her patios were epic and her interiors were so warm, cozy and tasteful. She had such a FLAIR, such style and yes, she was THAT good!

Nani truly loved when her family was together. Whether we had cookouts with brats and her delectable potato salad or filet mignon- medium rare, it didn't matter. Everything tasted delicious at Nani's house. We ate those wonderful meals with gusto, gratitude, love and laughter and that's just how she rolled. What I wouldn't do to celebrate one more birthday party with her. Just one more BBQ. And do not even get me started on her grandchildren. She had a special and unique relationship with every single one of them. We were so lucky and lived in very close proximity to one other. We saw her every day. EVERY SINGLE DAY. What a blessed family we were to be so close to her. Although trips to Mexico, Ireland, Hawaii and Bali were nothing short of amazing it seems like most of our best times were preparing homemade food in the kitchen and hanging out on the patio. We were just jammin' to old school 70's music, mixing tasty drinks and talking about life. Our plans. Our dreams.

Anyone who knew our mom knew she was a sensitive soul. She touched and was touched by so many! Since we were toddlers and until the very end she rescued a zillion misfit cats and dogs---she thought the animals that nobody wanted were the best friends ever AND she was right, they were. She would not even allow an injured bird to suffer and once again we would be off to the "bird lady's" house with a little bird in a shoebox. This is who she was. She ROCKED! Nani was our EVERYTHING. Our sun. Our moon. Our stars........ And we will ALWAYS be together. Our energy will be forever connected throughout space and time. We are bound together in ways that the eyes can never see. Nothing can ever break our bond throughout all of eternity. Forever & ever. Oh Nani, WE ARE YOU AND YOU ARE US. We know that you knew how deeply you were and forever will be loved. Your biggest fans, John, (Son) Janie and Conor Wroble Ryan, Julie (Daughter), Jake and Jesse LaChance Ed (Son), Kimmie, Shelby and Tyler Wroble.

A private memorial will be held on June 27th 2018 in celebration of our moms' life. If anyone would like to reach us please feel free to contact us at juliannajirarde@hotmail.com
Published on June 26, 2018
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