In Memory

Michele Paulette Dow (Aherns-Giancola)

July 18, 1951 - January 13, 2022








Age 70, Passed Away on January 13 She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia; father, Paul; mother, Marion; and stepdad Roy Person. She is survived by husband Bob Giancola; two sons, Paul and Tyler; ex-daughter-in-law Robin, and beloved grandsons, Liam and Kian, as well as siblings Jim (Barb), Mike (Jackie), Karen (Ed) Dullea, Rick (Mary Jo) Person, Nancy (David) Eike, Dave (Sharon) Person; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, a universe of dear friends, and her pup, Gia. Michele cherished her sons and adored her precious grandsons, delighting in their hockey acumen. And when she and her husband Bob found each other seven years ago, they traveled the country on motorcycles and wintered in Florida. They laughed, they joked, they doted on one another. They wed simply and loved deeply. She loved all of her many dogs, giving each of them creative backstories, voices, personality traits, and a closetful of canine couture. She adored chocolate and was ever in search of the perfect chocolate cake, cookie, pie, and fudge, often "encouraging" family members to make homemade sweets for her to try. A realtor by trade, Michele relished, and perfected, the art of schmooze. Her quick wit was unparalleled. Her malapropisms legendary. And her penchant for giving everyone nicknames was a source of much laughter. A force of nature, Michele is greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the clubhouse at Keller Golf Course, 2166 Maplewood Dr., Maplewood, with visitation at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., testimonials and stories at 7 p.m. We encourage you to share your stories, have a laugh, swear a little, and eat as much chocolate as you can—Michele would want that.

Published in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press April 3, 2022

Michele Ahrens-Giancola Dow passed away on January 13 in Florida, from Covid.  Michelle had a double lung/heart transplant back in 2010, and was doing fine up until a few months ago when she started needing dialysis. She and her husband Bobby traveled to Florida after Christmas, as I believe they spent part of their winter there.

(Shared by Judy Anderson Zielinski)

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01/17/22 06:46 PM #1    

Jean Anderson

Michele was a dear friend of my twin sister's,Judy Anderson Zielinski, and me. We grew up with her in our neighborhood, and went to Hazelwood Elementary School with her, were close with Michele, and her siblings, and her parents. Ten years ago, Michele needed a double lung transplant,almost died before she got this transplant. Michele was doing good for a long while. However, then she started having problems with her one of her kidneys, was placed on a kidney donation list, and had been put on kidney dialysis. She had a Wonderful Awesome husband, Bobby Giancola, they winter in Florida with their adorable little dogs. They went to Florida this year, and this is where our Michele got Covid. With other parts of her body also failing, Michele just couldn't fight off the Covid,and everything else. Michele died with Bobby holding one of her hands, and a good friend,Cindy, holding her other hand, and saying goodbye to her. I will miss Michele so much, her great humor, and her beautiful self. Michele was a gem, a Diamond. We love you, Michele.

01/18/22 07:01 AM #2    

Thomas Hoffman

Jean, what a wonderful tribute to Michele.

01/18/22 09:47 AM #3    

Mary Maloney (Miller)

Thank you for your post, Jean. Your loving words about your friend and our classmate make Michele come shining through.

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