Michelle Suzanne (Reiter) Hovorka

Michelle Suzanne (Reiter) Hovorka was born November 25, 1981 in Edmonds, WA, the eldest child to Steven Reiter and Jill (Jesperson) Breeze.

Michelle passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the age of 36 years in Western Montana.

She grew up between Bothell, Everett, and Selah, WA, most recently residing in Lebanon, OR.

She was an excellent student, graduated from Selah High School in 2000, and then went on to graduate from University of Washington with a B.S. Microbiology. After graduating from University of Washington, she married her high school boyfriend Zach Hovorka in 2005 and relocated with him several times to support his pursuit of becoming a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned her Master’s Degree in Human Anatomy from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO. Most recently she taught Anatomy at Western University of Health Science in Lebanon, OR.

Michelle was a dedicated mother, a supportive big sister, and a brag-worthy daughter. Her parents taught her to love nature by taking her camping, hiking, canoeing, and tidepoling; she carried on this tradition with her own daughter, taking her on adventure weekends and visits to numerous National Parks. She loved the ocean since childhood; her favorite part about living in Oregon was taking her daughter on weekend-trips to the beach. Michelle also loved literature. Even as a child, she would devour a whole book in one sitting. Anyone who met her could see she was confident, capable, and intelligent. Those that knew her best saw her domestic, nurturing, and humorous side. She crammed so much living into her too short life.

She is survived by her full family including father and step-mother Steve Reiter & Nadine Velasquez, mother and step-father Jill & Jim Breeze, brother Brian Reiter, sister Andrea Reiter, husband Zach Hovorka, daughter Wren Hovorka, in-laws Jim and Sue Hovorka, grandparent Betty Jesperson, Nadine Velasquez’s two daughters and a son, Jim Breeze’s mother Barbara and sons, five aunts, five uncles, nine cousins, 11 second cousins, three nieces, and a nephew. Preceded in death by grandparents Harry and Inga Reiter and Les and Gladys Jesperson.

Her family will host a memorial for her at the Yakima Area Arboretum on July 22. Her family asks for those who wish to contribute at her memorial, please share a memory or photo for her family to keep. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Park Foundation at donate.nationalparks.org.