Farewell to ‘inspirational’ Michelle

Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral of young Alzheimer’s victim Michelle Boryszczuk from Wickenby, who died aged 44.

Michelle - who is thought to be one of the country’s youngest Alzheimer’s victims - died on May 8 after a five-year fight with the debilitating disease.

Friends and family sobbed during the service at Lincoln Crematorium as they heard stories of Michelle’s remarkable courage and endless determination.

In a fitting tribute, Michelle’s husband Steve and other family members shunned traditional black clothing and wore colourful Alzheimer’s Society t-shirts .

Steve, who has raised thousands for the charity, looked emotional as he said goodbye to his “soulmate”.

Service conductor Sandra Barker said Michelle was talented in many ways, kind and loving.

She said: “She was an inspiration to us all.”

The service heard how Michelle was a creative and selfless woman who wanted to remain in control for as long as she possibly could.

Mourners were told Michelle had written a diary outling how she wanted to be cared for and the type of funeral she wanted to have.

BBC Lincolnshire radio presenter Rob Underwood, who knew Michelle, did a reading at the service.

He read out an inspirational quote from Michelle’s diary.

Mourners listened to Michelle’s advice about how to have a long, loving relationship, like she had with Steve.

Michelle had written about the importance of spending time together and discussing problems. She wrote: “Say exactly what you mean, men don’t always get it.”

Rob told those present that five more people would have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease during the short time it had taken him to read the quote from Michelle’s diary.

Mourners held a one-minute silence to remember Michelle.