Michelle Jennifer JOSEPH (née Ansell )

Passed away suddenly at home on May 30, 2022.

Aged 41 years

Dearly loved wife of George.

Loving and devoted mother of Noah and Xavier.

Loved daughter of Ray (dec.) and Agnes Ansell.

Loved sister of Ashley and Lauren and aunty of Valencia.

Loved niece of Gerard & Ann Peoples and Neville & Val Hogan.

Loved daughter-in-law of Theresa and Joseph and their families.

While the family specifically request no donations,

a future fund has been set up on behalf of Noah & Xavier for contributions in lieu of flowers.

For account details please contact [email protected]

Funeral Notice

ServiceJune 7, 2022 - 2:00 pm140 Botanic Road Warrnambool , VIC View MapVenue: Emmanuel Centre, Emmanuel College McAuley CampusView live stream

A Funeral Mass for Michelle will be offered at The Emmanuel Centre, Emmanuel College McAuley Campus, 140 Botanic Road Warrnambool on TUESDAY (June 7) commencing at 2.00p.m. The cortege will leave at the conclusion of the Mass for the Tooram Memorial Park Cemetery, 582 Hopkins Point Rd, Allansford. Vigil Prayers will be offered at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Selby Road Warrnambool on Monday evening commencing at 6.00p.m.


  1. I have just learnt of the horrible news of Michelle’s tragic passing. Michelle and I studied Japanese together at Melbourne Uni back in the early 2000s. We bonded over our shared love of Japan and I have enjoyed watching her life via Facebook over the years. She always looked so happy and surrounded by love. Deepest sympathy to all of her family.

    Sarah Mathews June 11, 2022
  2. I’m heartbroken. I met Michelle at the gym in Naples, Italy. She was always smiling had wonderful, encouraging words. Words can’t express how sorry I am for her loss. Deepest sympathies to her entire family.

    Debbi Thomas June 11, 2022
  3. Dear Agnes,Ashley, Lauren & Valencia, George, Noah & Xavier
    Our sincere sympathy to you all on the loss if Michelle. She will be missed by all who knew her as a happy, passionate caring person.

    Sue Sicely & Norm Garner June 10, 2022
  4. I only met Michelle once in person but even so I was incredibly touched by her warmth, compassion and enthusiasm. She clearly had an ability to bring joy to everyone around her and I’m sad I did not get to spend more time with her. Deepest condolences to all her family, friends, students and colleagues. She will be deeply missed but it is evident her legacy will live on through all the beautiful memories and the lives of those she has so positively influenced.

    Sam Webster June 9, 2022
  5. For Agnes, Ash and all Michelle’s family, we extend heartfelt sympathy and offer our support anytime in anyway. Sincerely, with love, Denise & Sophie xxx

    Denise A Borton June 9, 2022
  6. We are so saddened to lose such a valued, dedicated, motivated and kind teacher. You were not only a beautiful mentor, but a friend to Molly. Our community will miss you greatly. The legacy you have left will not be forgotten. Deepest sympathy to all of the family.
    Andrea, Joe, and Molly Welsh

    Andrea Welsh June 8, 2022
  7. Heartfelt condolences from Jayamma Felix Texla Matilda & Juana 🙏

    Jayamma Felix June 7, 2022
  8. I had the privilege to have worked with and shared an office with this incredible human being. Words cannot convey my deep sadness and send condolences to George, Noah, Xavier and extended family. Rest In Peace Michelle

    Wendy McDuff June 7, 2022
  9. Agnes our hearts break for you, but having read these amazing tributes you can take great comfort in the wonderful caring person Michelle was.
    Noah and Xavier through all these beautiful words will come to know just how special their Mum was.
    Heartfelt condolences from the ‘Park Conheady’s’

    Janet Conheady June 7, 2022
  10. Agnes , I can’t ever imagine how you will be without Michelle.
    Life is so unfair sometimes.
    We pray that you all have the strength to care for those beautiful boys. Loving sympathy to George Ashley and all the family

    RIPMichelle , safe in the arms af her dad ( ray).

    Marion, Bob & Jane Bowman June 7, 2022
  11. Heartfelt condolences and Prayers 🙏 May her soul Rest In Peace

    Mathewkutty.j June 7, 2022
  12. Heartfelt condolences from

    Mariammama Varghese Toji’s Aunty
    Varghese V Varghese, uncle. Cousine brothers Vimson, Tomson, and Dennison, from Canada

    Varghese V Varghese June 7, 2022
  13. As I watch the service online in Hiroshima, Japan, I feel very sad to see Michelle go. Michelle was one of my students as well as my friend who helped me start a new life in Warrnambool. We cooked sukiyaki together and she taught me how to make a pavlova. I went to see her in Miura. We lived at Queen’s College. I helped her with Japanese, while she helped me with English. All the memories remind me of how much she loved Japanese culture and language. I would have loved to work with her between our schools in Australia and Japan.
    My deepest condolences to Agnes, Ash, George, Noah, Xavier and family.
    I miss you, Michelle.

    Shizuka Kandori June 7, 2022
  14. We can not even imagine the heartbreak at losing such a beautiful, vibrant mother, daughter, sister, aunty, friend and teacher. Our own hearts at broken at the incredible loss to all who loved her and in particular her beautiful babies. Wishing you all our love and deepest condolences. The Hales family xxxx

    Angelina Hales June 7, 2022
  15. Michiko san.A supportive colleague,amazing educator and true friend. 安らかに眠る
    My thoughts are with you George and boys, Agnes,Ashley and family and the extended Emmanuelcommunity.

    Daryl Chislett June 7, 2022
  16. Michiko san.A supportive colleague,amazing educator and true friend. 安らかかに眠る
    My thoughts are with you George and boys, Agnes,Ashley and family and the extended Emmanuelcommunity.

    Daryl Chislett June 7, 2022
  17. I was so saddened to hear of Michelle’s sudden passing. I knew Michelle during our crossover years at Brauer College. I remember her as vibrant, fun, very talented and always wearing a friendly smile.

    Sending my deepest condolences, love and prayers to Agnes, Ash, Lauren, George and little Noah & Xavier.

    May you rest in peace Michelle.

    Julie Norman (nee Gloury)

    Julie Norman June 7, 2022
  18. I’m so sorry to hear about Michelle’s passing.
    Michelle, I remember going to Warrnambool with you( with Miura students.)
    You were a dedicated and gentle teacher.

    Thank you and goodbye my friend.

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

    Ryoko Oda(Koyama) June 7, 2022
  19. Thinking of you all and condolences to you and yours from us in Healesville at such a sad time.
    With love and blessings David and Christine Fitzpatrick, Nathan, Cass and the kids.

    David and Christine Fitzpatrick June 7, 2022
  20. Passing on my Condolences to George , Noah and Zavier , also to Agnes ,Ashley and extended family . Michelle was truly a beautiful person who I had the privilege to work with . Treasure all the precious memories you have of her
    Maree Couch

    Maree Couch June 7, 2022
  21. Deepest Condolences Agnes and also to Ashley, George, Noah and Xavier.
    With much love from Jean Fitzpatrick’s family – David and Chris, James and Meridith.

    Meridith Hutchinson June 7, 2022
  22. Mi-shellie, this afternoon we say goodbye 😪

    The next time we have Thai lunch together, we will keep a place for you. Who on earth is going to place the order? That was your job & it always gave us a little giggle.

    If crying could bring you back, you would be with us now. We have cried & cried & cried and today we will cry some more.

    We will support George in every way we can and Noah & Xavier will grow up hearing endless stories about their happy, fun, energetic, beautiful & devoted mum, from “The Aunties”… yes we are a collective!

    Our hearts are broken.
    We will miss you deeply,
    We will remember you with a smile & often a tear.
    We love you heaps.

    Your Gals…
    Kazza, Shazza & Cazza

    Carolyn June 7, 2022
  23. Fly high sweet girl … May that beautiful smile live on in your gorgeous boys.

    Sharyn M June 7, 2022
  24. Heartfelt condolences and Prayers 🙏 May her soul Rest In Peace

    Cherian family, Texas, USA June 7, 2022
  25. I will always remember Michelle for her kind heart, her big smile, her vibrant energy and as a genuinely warm and wonderful individual—one we will miss greatly. Michelle had such a positive impact on so many people and her presence will be dearly missed. Our sorrow is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege to know her.
    Michelle, you will be in our hearts and memories.
    My heart goes out to George, Noah, Xavier, Agnes, Ashley, Lauren, and families.

    Kylie June 7, 2022
  26. Dear Michelle
    You were such a beautiful person. I was so lucky to work with you and call you a friend. You were a caring, dedicated, passionate and creative teacher and person.
    You will be sadly missed.
    Love and condolences to George, Noah, Xavier, Agnes & Ashley xx

    Lyn McElgunn June 7, 2022
  27. Ms Joseph was a great teacher that I will always remember, she always had a smile and loved to spread the smile around with everyone, my condolences to the family.

    Joseph Amarant June 6, 2022
  28. Sending my deepest condolences to the family and friends for the loss of Michelle. Such a loving and lively person who could always make us smile. May you rest in peace.

    Georgina Thalassinos June 6, 2022
  29. Dear Ms Joseph – I thank you for looking after and loving my son Joseph ( Joe )at Emmanuel College.
    I sincerely wish that your family find comfort and peace in the knowledge that you now walk with God, and with Him, you will watch over them always, with all your love.
    Amarant family.

    Leonie Amarant June 6, 2022
  30. Deepest condolences to George, Noah, Xavier and families.

    We are so saddened by the loss of your beautiful Michelle.

    We had the unique experience of sharing both our babies early moments and many firsts together. Such precious memories that we will always treasure. Michelle’s influence will forever be present in all the milestones we see from here on.

    Our special friend, we will miss you
    Love Hayley, Tom, Jack and Phoebe xo

    Hayley Arnold June 6, 2022
  31. To the most beautiful rose in the garden of Eden, the garnet of our family..Michelle, you have always been the most wonderful person I had ever met.
    May our dear one’s soul rest peacefully in god’s paradise.

    Sindhu Thomas June 6, 2022
  32. So saddened by the loss of Michelle; my fun-loving, heart-warming, sometimes wacky friend from college and awesome teacher. My thoughts are with her family, particularly George, Noah and Xavier. Much love and comfort to you all.

    Anna Hills June 6, 2022
  33. To our dear Michelle,
    There are no words to express the heartbreak and the overwhelming sense of loss that we are feeling. Over the last few years you had become one of our best friends and we will miss our chats, laughs and catch ups dearly. You always knew what to say and what to do with a smile.
    Our hearts go out to George, Noah, Xavier, Agnes, Ash, Lauren and families.
    May you Rest In Peace Michelle and know that we will always look after your beautiful boys 🤍
    From Julia, Mark, Xavier, Theo, Jackson and Alex.

    Julia Smith June 6, 2022
  34. Throughout my adolescent years, I don’t think there was a person who had a bigger impact on me than Michelle. Growing up, I often felt isolated – particularly at high school. Miss Joseph was the first teacher I had to really understand me and my dreams/ambitions in life. Not only was she an excellent teacher, she was a good friend and constant support – even after I completed schooling at Emmanuel.

    Although I may not have been a big part of her life, she was a formative part of mine, and the person I am today is partially due to her mentorship. I’ll be forever grateful and indebted to her.

    Sending love to George, Noah, Xavier, Agnes and the rest of her family.

    Elijah Ziegeler x

    Elijah Ziegeler June 6, 2022
  35. Ms Joseph,
    Thank you for believing in us and inspiring us to work harder and aim higher in everything we do. We would not be where we are today without you. We will always remember you for your kind heart and encouraging spirit and we are so thankful to have had the chance to be taught and mentored by you.
    Sending all our love and thoughts to the Joseph and Ansell families. ❤️

    Emmanuel Japanese Class of 2020 June 6, 2022
  36. May God give her soul eternal peace and a safe resting place with him. Our most sincere condolences to Toji Noah and little Xavier.May God give you strength and courage to overcome this sorrowful time. Our prayers always with you.

    Bincy padinjarekalam & family.

    Bincy George June 6, 2022
  37. You always dreamed big Michelle, with an infectious smile that matched. Saddened to hear of your no longer with us. Deepest sympathy to your family.
    Rest peacefully xx
    Sharna A

    Sharna A June 6, 2022
  38. Condolences to all Michelle’s friends and family at this sad time. I remember her as a great college friend at University with such a warm and fun attitude towards everything. Praying for your peace and healing during this time of mourning.

    Catherine Harris June 6, 2022
  39. We can’t put into words how sad we feel with the passing of Michelle but know how lucky we were to have you as a friend. So much to live for. I loved your honesty, conviction and genuine appreciation and love for the people around you. The loss for George, Noah, Xavier, Agnes Ash and Lauren is hard to comprehend.

    Rest in peace Michelle.

    Noel, Leanne and family

    Noel Mugavin June 6, 2022
  40. What a bright, caring, energetic & persistent young woman . You finally got to marry the love of your life and have the children you loved so dearly. Your friendships were made to last a lifetime. Taken too soon .

    Helen Sobey June 6, 2022
  41. My son was a student of Michelle’s at Emmanuel College for several years. She was a dedicated, caring and passionate teacher who went above and beyond. She was always there to answer students’ and parents’ questions – and she organised an amazing local Japanese camp during the pandemic. She will have a lasting impact on many lives. My deepest sympathy to Michelle’s family.

    Jennifer Wohlers June 6, 2022
  42. Michelle, the most outstanding teacher and the most beautiful person.

    Thank you for all of the laughs. I will always remember your quick sense of humour and your infectious, big friendly smile.

    My thoughts are with the Jospeh and extended family at this very difficult time.

    Rest easy, Michelle.

    Much love x

    Emily M June 6, 2022
  43. I am so grieved at the sudden passing of Michelle. I am really grateful for all your help when I was in Australia. I had a wonderful time because of you. You organized many memorable experiences for me.

    As an assistant teacher, I learned a lot of things from you. I respect your attitude towards work. 
    Deepest condolences to her family. Rest in peace, Michelle.

    Hiromi Zako June 5, 2022
  44. Michelle, our kind and loving friend.

    Thanks for the walks, laughs and memories.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Allison, Cathy and Helen.

    Helen Kelly June 5, 2022
  45. I will so miss you Michelle. Even though I was 10 years older, we shared so many common interests. You were such a great mentor for our kids and went above and beyond to provide such amazing opportunities for all kids learning languages at Emmanuel. Our whole family will miss you and your energy for life. Love to George and your 2 beautiful babies Noah and Xavier.
    Carolyn, James, Liam, Joseph, Daniel and Emily Mahony xxxx

    Carolyn Mahony June 5, 2022
  46. To Agnes, Ashley and all of the extended families, our deepest sympathy on the sad and sudden loss of Michelle. Thinking of you all in your time of sorrow. May your courage and strength bring you comfort. Rest in Peace Michelle

    Be Gleeson and Family

    Jo Gleeson June 5, 2022
  47. My sincerest condolences to George, Noah and Xavier and to Agnes, Ashley and family.
    Michelle, I am forever grateful for your passion and enthusiasm for education and for your generous spirit in sharing your time and knowledge. I will miss being able to pick your brain… and I’ll miss your smile.
    Anne Robertson and family.

    Anne Robertson June 5, 2022
  48. Condolences to Agnes, Ashley, George, Noah and Xavier.
    Michelle, for pretty much the last twenty years we have worked together, run together and partied together and you were better than me at all three. You were a great friend to Mayumi, Mick and Ray. We will all miss you so deeply. Your tireless quest to provide the best possible educational experience for all students you worked with will serve as an inspiration as we try to continue the amazing work you have done.
    Time now to rest.
    Tony Slockwitch and family.

    Tony Slockwitch June 5, 2022
  49. Forever grateful for the amazing teacher, mentor and friend you were.
    I will miss your visits with Noah and Xavier everytime I came down to visit Mum.
    You were such a kind, funny and beautiful person to everyone.
    Love and support for George, Noah, Xavier and family xx

    Georgia 💕

    Georgia O’Leary June 5, 2022
  50. I will remember Michelle as a truly fantastic teacher. Kind, warm, welcoming, thoughtful and compassionate. Always there to support her students. Michelle helped me find the direction I wanted to take my life in. To follow in her footsteps. Michelle poured her all into her work and always managed to get to the heart of things. I looked up to her as a smart, sincere, strong-willed and passionate individual who would stop at nothing to see her students grow. Michelle is responsible for some of my fondest memories.
    I owe so much to you Michelle, you will be missed dearly by your students. I only hope to make you proud.

    Indiana Sharrock June 5, 2022
  51. The untimely demise of Michelle was very shocking even if I don’t know her personally.It was her mother in law Mrs.Thresimma Joseph,my cousin sister used to talk about Michelle as an ideal daughter in law who uphold Christian values and principles in her life.Being an Australian she could well acquainted with Indian culture and traditions.She could articulate herself with Padinjaracklam family in a short span of time after marriage with Togi(George)
    For me it looks as if a beautiful bird flew down to a nest, laid two eggs ,hatched two handsome baby birds and flew away to infinity.
    Let us pray for the eternal repose of the departed soul.Amen.

    Varghese Gregory June 5, 2022
  52. There are no words to describe the love we share for our beautiful friend Michelle.
    From the moment we met, we knew that you would be more than a teacher, that you would be a life long friend.
    You never failed to make us laugh and smile, something that we will treasure forever.
    We are so grateful for the time we were lucky enough to spend together.
    We love you and will hug Julia extra tight for you. ❤️

    Our thoughts are with George, Noah, Xavier and family.

    Demi and Lauren June 4, 2022
  53. So beautiful and much loved to so many.
    We will be forever grateful for the time you spent with Lauren, as a teacher, mentor and dear friend.
    Our deepest sympathy to the Joseph and Ansell families, to Julia, Mark & family.
    Love the Zanker’s xxx

    Ashley & Dianne Zanker June 4, 2022
  54. It is with great sadness that we extend out deepest love and sympathy to George, Noah, Xavier, Agnes, Ash, Annie, Geds, Nev, Val, and to George’s parents and extended family.

    An energetic spark in our lives for 23 years, we’re so blessed to have known you and loved you, and to have been loved by you.

    Lisa Downs, Simone Cutting, and Queens College friends.

    Lisa Downs June 4, 2022
  55. I am very saddened to learn of Michelle’s sudden passing. During my tenure as an assistant Japanese language teacher at Emanuel College, I learned a lot from you, especially the love of teaching. You were the most passionate, dedicated, creative, confident, caring, and supportive teacher I have ever met. The time I spent with you at Emmanuel cannot be replaced by anything. I will miss you a lot! Rest peacefully, Michelle.

    Sawako Suzuki June 4, 2022
  56. From being a student and trainee at Emmanuel, Michelle was a very welcoming person in the school community. Always a positive personality and great friend to my mum. Deepest condolences to her family, Rest In Peace

    Jacob Hetherington June 4, 2022
  57. Goodbye Michelle. You achieved your heart’s desire in your beautiful little family, but you have left our world too soon. May God bless you and those you leave behind.
    My heartfelt sympathy to Agnes, George, Noah and Xavier.

    anne wines June 4, 2022
  58. To our dear Michelle,

    We are truly heartbroken 💔 you were an amazing friend, teacher, cousin and neighbour.
    May you rest peacefully and know you will always be in our thoughts.

    Sending all our love to Agnes, Ashley& Lauren, George, Noah and Xavier. Kisses and Hugs xoxo

    Thompson’s June 4, 2022
  59. You called me Cazza
    I called you Mi-shellie
    My kids called you Ms Joseph
    We all called you our friend

    We will miss you deeply, remember you fondly and love you dearly forever.

    Our love and support to George, Noah & Xavier, Agnes, Ash and their families.

    Cazza, Georgia & Xavier xx💚xx

    Carolyn Roache June 4, 2022
  60. Our sincerest condolences to Agnes, Ashley and family on the loss of Michelle.

    It is often hard to find the right words at a time like this.
    May you find peace, comfort, courage and all the love you need in the days to come.

    Diana and John

    Diana and John Aitchison June 4, 2022
  61. Our heartfelt condolences for the sorrowing family and prayers for her soul ! It was too hard to believe this sad news !
    Kunjumon & Mariamma
    Nedumparampil ,


    Mathew Varughese June 4, 2022
  62. We were saddened to learn of Michelle’s sudden passing. Agnes our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ashley & Lauren;George, Noah, Xavier;and all family, students, staff and friends at this extremely sad time. Rest peacefully Michelle. 🙏💕

    Johnstone June 3, 2022
  63. Michelle, whenever we think of you we smile.
    In your formative years you were a lovely young neighbour who would always give us a lovely wave, a “hi” and beautiful smile!
    Loved catching up with you.
    Our deepest condolences to Agnes and Ashley and your wider family at this tragic time. The world has lost a rare treasure.
    Joan & David McFadden

    Joan McFaden June 3, 2022
  64. My deepest condolences to Agnes, Ashley and family on the loss of your daughter and sister. My thoughts are with you. Alison Bonjer.

    Alison Bonjer June 3, 2022
  65. Our deepest condolences to Toji, Aunty & family. Our prayers to the family.

    Chris&Nisa June 2, 2022
  66. Our family is devastated by the untimely death of a loving Sister-In-Law and aunty to our children. Your love and caring to the family will never be forgotten. Rest in peace dear Michelle!
    Until we meet again,
    Jacob (Toby), Juny, Joel, Emily and Ashley

    Juny Jacob June 2, 2022
  67. To all Michelle’s beloved family and friends. 💐
    Our deepest heartfelt Sympathy to you all at this very sad time.
    My twin sister and I grew up with Michelle and her family in early years as her cousin in laws. Spent many times together at her mother Agnes’s home and at her late grandmothers home … (LaL.)sharing Christmas times together.
    Cuz Michelle….. you always had such a beautiful heart and smile. So generous and caring to others.💕
    A super proud mum of two little ones, a loving and devoted wife to George , a proud daughter to your mother Agness, and loving sister to Ash and aunt to their child.💕
    I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss, your family connection so strong and a commitment to education to be admired and respected.😇💕
    All Your family, friends and community shall miss you so much love.💗
    I am so saddened for your little precious family left behind. 😢
    Rest In Peace beautiful , keep shining! 🌟
    Thinking of you all. Xx 🙏🏻💗✝️💐

    Kylie Hogan and family

    Kylie Hogan June 2, 2022
  68. To a wonderful teacher and mentor. Our family was blessed to have known you and our children to have been taught by you. Rest peacefully Miss Ansell/Ms Joseph. Our thoughts are with your family and the greater Emmanuel College Community. Richard, Kerry. Bonnie, Caleb, Elijah and annabel Ziegeler.

    Kerry Ziegeler June 2, 2022
  69. I knew Michelle as George’s wife and caring,loving daughter in law of Thressiamma Joseph..She was one the best caring loving daughter in law and mother ..My deepest sympathy and prayers for her soul and family..

    Agitha Paul June 2, 2022
  70. Goodbye my old friend.

    Sometimes I think the universe knows those who are only here for a short time and blesses them with a most extraordinary life. You always lived life to the full. You were the life of the party, you chased your dreams around the world and gave everything 100%. Your passion for life sent you across the world to meet George and bless you with two beautiful babies.

    My deepest condolences to Agnes, Ashley, George and Noah and baby Xavier.

    Rachael Moore (Storr)

    Rachael Moore June 2, 2022
  71. Dear Michelle,
    Your loss is deeply felt by all who knew you & loved you. It’s not fair, you had so much to give, so much to contribute & so much to give to your loved, beautiful & cherished children. Being a mother gave you such a sense of pride you loved your boys. And our friendship established in primary, secondary school & more recently connected again over ‘motherhood’. Your smile radiated warmth & your thirst & passion for education was truly commendable. We are all at a loss without you in this world. I am heartbroken for your family to survive you & your children to miss you. My deepest sympathy to George, Agnus, Ashley & families. The world has lost a bright an amazing lady. I will look for you in the stars. Till we meet again.
    Cherie Phillips (O’Grady) & family xxx

    Cherie Phillips June 2, 2022
  72. We are very saddened to learn of Michelle’s passing. Deepest sympathies to Agnes, Ashley and Lauren and George and family. In our hearts always. Love Carol, Tim and Catherine and Michael

    Catherine Long June 1, 2022