A lifelong West Salem resident, Michele graduated from
Northwestern High School in 1978. She then attended Akron University, Orrville
Branch before moving to Pittsburgh. She graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of
Mortuary Science with honors in 1982. Michele and her parents, David and Lois
Matteson have been serving the West Salem and tri county communities with dedication,
compassion and commitment since 1953.
She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and an
active member of the community serving on West Salem Village cemetery board and
the West Salem United Methodist Church Leadership Board. She is a member of
West Salem Quota, American Legion Axillary and Northwestern Ruritan Clubs. She
holds an insurance license in the State of Ohio.
Michele takes her professional life very seriously and she
is apart of many organizations so she can continue to grow and learn as a funeral
director. She is a member of The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA),
The Ohio Funeral Directors Association (OFDA) and Ohio Embalmers Association
Michele was a past member of the Town & Country Fire and
Rescue Squad. Where she served on the rescue squad before retiring after almost
40 years. She was in the first EMT class in 1977 before Town & Country Rescue
Squad started in January 1, 1978.
When her children were young, she was a Cub Scout, Boy
Scout, Brownie and Girl Scout Troop leader where she served on various
committees. She currently is an organizational advisor of the Congress 4-H
Power 4-H club.
Michele married David Devore September 23, 1989 in the
United Methodist Church. They have two children, a son, David and daughter-in-lay
Molly Devore and a daughter, Victoria Devore.