Michelle Setter



FROM 1994 TO 2012


JULY 6, 1972 - MAY 23, 2017

Michelle Renee Setter, age 44, of rural Lane, Kansas, formerly of Humboldt, Kansas, died May 23, 2017 at Miami County Medical Center, Paola, Kansas.

Michelle was born July 6, 1972 at Iola, Kansas. She was the youngest of five children born to Paul and Dorothy (Reaves) Setter. She grew up in Humboldt and graduated from Humboldt High School with the Class of 1990.

During her high school years, Michelle played basketball for the Humboldt Lady Cubs. They were the only Humboldt girls' team making it to State from 1990 until 2017. She was a member of the Full-O-Pep 4-H Club and the National Honor Society.

After high school, she continued her education at Allen County Community College and earned her Associates Degree. Michelle continued her education at Pittsburg State University where she earned her teaching degree in 1994 and later her Masters Degree in July of 1999.

Her teaching career began at Osawatomie High School as an English teacher from 1994 until 2012, when her teaching profession was cut short due to her health condition. She also taught Spanish, Journalism, and was the sponsor of the Scholars Bowl team. She had also been a sponsor for the Osawatomie High School Dance Team. At the high school, you could find Michelle serving as a volleyball line judge, taking tickets at sporting events, and attending all school activities. She took several trips with the students in Spanish Club and the Junior Class.

Michelle and her high school sweetheart Joe Ornelas have made their home in rural Lane, Kansas since the mid '90s. She thoroughly enjoyed the country life with pets, a huge garden, and lots of flowers. Babe was her canine companion, a yellow lab, and she also had several cats. She loved canning and cooking and was well known for her homemade salsa, jalapeno jelly, and blackberries. She was an avid reader and belonged to the Persian Pickle Book Club. Nothing got between Michelle and her KU basketball games. Social media was an important part of Michelle's life, it kept her connected to family and friends.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother, her paternal grandparents Andrew and Mary Setter, maternal grandparents Edmund N. and Ora Belle Reaves, an infant nephew B. C. Ames, and her fiance's father John Ornelas. She is survived by her fiance Joe Ornelas of the home; her parents Paul and Dorothy Setter; her siblings Mike (Pam) Setter, Melinda (Cole) Herder, and Amanda (Doug) Ames all of Humboldt; 9 nieces and nephews David, Jeremy, and Anna Setter, Ryan Herder, Janelle (Herder) Williams, Megan Herder, Cade Ames, Briana Ames, Alex Donnelly; including her fiance's sister Elizabeth Donnelly and mother Ana Ornelas; many other relatives and friends.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, May 26 at Dengel & Son Mortuary, 605 O'Neal Ave., Osawatomie, KS, 66064. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 30 at the Humboldt Methodist Church, 806 N. 9th Street, Humboldt, KS, 66748 with visitation following.

Contributions in her memory are to the Michelle Setter Memorial Scholarship at Osawatomie High School, the Michelle Setter Memorial Scholarship at Humboldt High School, or the Humboldt Library in care of Dengel & Son Mortuary - Crematory, 605 O'Neal Ave., Osawatomie, KS, 66064.


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