BLOOMINGTON — Delphine C. “Del” McMichael, 87, of Bloomington, passed away at 9:47 a.m. Thursday (April 18, 2019) at Martin Health Center, Bloomington.
Her service will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. Chaplain Joyce Rinkenberger will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday at the memorial home. Entombment will be at Park Hill Mausoleum, Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to Unit 5 Educational Foundation, in care of Oakdale Elementary School, Normal, where her daughter Jan taught special education for 35 years.
Del was born April 30, 1931, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Stephen H. and Frances M. Hlebovy Olenick. Del grew up on the family dairy farm, helping to make ice cream treats and working in their dairy store in town. She was active in high school events including as a drum majorette in the school band. Del married Thomas R. “TR” McMichael on Aug. 28, 1954, in Poland, Ohio. He preceded her in death on Feb. 4, 1997.
Del is survived by her children, Patti (Mike) Powell, Goreville; T. Scott McMichael, Coloma, Mich.; Jan (Gary) Ewen, Heyworth; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers and sisters, Stephen “Smokey” (Donna) Olenick, Boardman, Ohio; James (Olga) Olenick, Franklin, Ky.; Mary Francis (Bob) Rish, Lowellville, Ohio; and Virginia Riley, Kennesaw, Ga. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Mike Riley.
Del attended Youngstown College Business School, receiving her ABA degree and was a member of the Alpha Iota sorority. After graduating, she worked for Associates Financial Services in Youngstown where she met and married Tom. They transferred to South Bend, Ind., in 1958, where they raised their children and made many lifelong friends. In 1976 they moved to Naperville, where she worked at Amoco Research Center. In 1989, they moved to Bloomington-Normal to be closer to family.
Del enjoyed collecting antiques, going to flea markets, and called herself a “garage sale junkie.” She also enjoyed playing bridge and golf. She was in the women's league at Ironwood Golf Course in Normal. In 2007, she made a hole-in-one. Most of all, Del enjoyed spending time with family, sewing quilts for her grandchildren, and traveling.
Del was loved by many and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.