Michelle Clare Kreuch was born on March 30, 1966 and passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the age of 52 after fighting a courageous battle against Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Michelle lived an amazing life, was loved by many and was a 13-year resident of Purcellville at the time of her passing. Michelle was known by her friends, co-workers, customers, and especially by her family for her sweet English accent, beaming bright eyes, giving personality and smile that made strangers feel like family.

Michelle was the daughter of Ingrid Cersovsky and David John Clare of Surrey, England. She was born in Caterham, Surrey, England on a Wednesday, March 30, 1966; a day that could only be described as one of the most cheerful, sunny days to ever grace the United Kingdom! Michelle was an artistic soul. She graduated from the Epsom School of Art and Design with a degree in fashion in 1984 and continued to pursue her artistic interests through photography, sketching and later her successful custom cake business, Peace of Cake, of which her cake creations were the centerpiece of her customers events.

Michelle possessed a strong desire for a new adventure. In 1992, at the age of 26, she left England and moved to the United States, settling in Los Angeles and working in the entertainment business for Ron Wolfson Photography as the Assistant Photographer at the Golden Globes event and Edwards Entertainment, a startup movie production company in Beverly Hills.

Michelle met Matthew Paul Kreuch in 1994 in a chance encounter on LA’s Sunset Boulevard. It was love at first sight! In 1995, the couple relocated to Darien, CT where Michelle worked for the British Information Services as the Head of BIS Registry for the British Consulate in New York City. She was honored to be chosen by the BIS to photograph Prince Charles with the Sultan of Brunei on their diplomatic trip to New York.

Michelle and Matthew were married in June of 1997 at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul’s, Chaldon, in Caterham, England in what has been described as the Great American Invasion. To the Bang!

Michelle is survived by her husband of 21 years, her son Alex who made her laugh for 18 incredible years and her daughter Haley (17) who is a spitting image of her mom and carries on her mother’s legacy of kindness, always putting the needs of others ahead of her own. Michelle is also survived by her father, David, and her two elder sisters, Jacqueline and Gisela (Paul). Family was immensely important to Michelle as evidenced by her tremendous bond with her in-laws, Eleanor Kreuch (Paul predeceased), Mitchell and Alison Kreuch, Steven Kreuch and Maria Spinella, and with her uncle-in-law, Herman Goodyear and his husband Jeffrey Trunzo and Michelle’s eleven nieces and nephews: Daniel Webber, Georgie Kitson, Luke Webber, Charlie Webber, Sydney Webber, Lauren Webber, Peter Kreuch, Steven Kreuch, Thomas Kreuch and Samson and Stella Kreuch.

In 2006, Michelle and Matthew relocated to Purcellville, VA where they have lived for 13 magnificent years. Michelle rejoined the workforce in 2015 when she obtained her VA Realtor license and joined the Long and Foster, Leesburg team. She excelled in her new job achieving Presidents Club by 2016. Michelle prided herself on delivering exceptional service to her customers and loved her coworkers.

Michelle had a passion for all animals and leaves behind her 3 beloved dogs, Hudson, Holden and Danger who miss her dearly. She also had a passion for warm places and in particular Holden Beach, NC, where she spent 13 summers with family and friends.

Michelle led a happy and full life, making the most out of all her experiences. The funeral service for Michelle Clare Kreuch will be held on December 28th at 2:00 pm at St. James’ Episcopal Church, 14 Cornwall Street NW, Leesburg, VA. Those in attendance are encouraged to wear something colorful as a representation for Michelle’s cheerful life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kreuch Family Education Trust via https://www.gofundme.com/michelle-kreuch-memorial-education-trust