Michelle Decker (1969-2017)
The Message of Hope was taught and believed by Michelle Decker at Our Savior Lutheran School from 2013 – 2017. She taught math and language arts for Middle School grades, instilling in students a love of learning, language, and writing. With unbridled enthusiasm and unstoppable optimism, Michelle made learning fun and engaging for each student. In all of it, she let her faith in Christ shine. She was very outspoken about her trust in God and her confidence in Christ’s love, and she deeply desired to share that faith and love with her students.
Michelle’s faith, trust, and hope in Christ were magnified when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in August, 2016. For the following 8 months, she endured radiation and chemo treatments on the weekends, adamant about teaching her students during the week. Her encouragement came through teaching, the love and support of her husband Chris and daughter Bailey, and the prayers of God’s people. Through her trials and struggles, she shared with her students and colleagues her confidence in the Lord, and reminded each of us that “God’s got this.”
Miriam shared the Message of Hope and love of Jesus as a Lutheran School teacher for 33 years. She taught at St. Peter (St. Peter, IL), St. Matthew (Walled Lake, MI), and First Lutheran (Charlotte, MI), before coming to Our Savior Lutheran School where she taught for 23 years.
Especially when it came to sharing Jesus with young children, Miriam had a special gift. She is remembered for her great sense of humor, her warmth and positive attitude, and devoted care to family and students. Her support for Lutheran Education went beyond the classroom and included serving on the LCMS Michigan District Early Childhood Board, volunteering for the Lutheran Adult Gathering in Mackinac, and involvement in her congregation. Her children, Katie, Karen, and Andy Sohn, attended Our Savior Lutheran School, as well as Miriam’s grandchildren, Ryan, Micah, and Ella Couser. Miriam retired from Our Savior in 2014.
During her courageous battle with ALS, Miriam held onto her hope in Christ, looking at ALS as ‘Always Loving the Savior.’ On December 22, 2016, the Lord called Miriam to His heavenly presence, where she now stands with the saints in light, awaiting the Day of Resurrection and our joyful reunion with fellow believers in Christ.