Michelle Truex Podesta, 52, of Freehold Township passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, August 23, 2020. She was born in Milford, Connecticut and lived in Freehold Township. Michelle worked at Music University in Freehold where she was a music teacher for vocal and piano music. She was a graduate of Freehold Township High School. Michelle earned her Bachelors Degree in Music Education at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance at West Chester University in West Chester, PA, and attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Freehold.
Michelle is survived by her children, Taryn Ann Podesta and Joseph Podesta, III of Brick; her parents, Kevin and June Truex of Freehold Township; a sister, Kimberly Twarkusky and her husband, Dave of Hamilton; and a nephew, Sean Irelan and niece, Kristi Irelan, both of Olmsted Falls, Ohio.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at The First Presbyterian Church, 118 West Main Street, Freehold on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM. The family hopes you will be able to attend the service to join with them in celebration of Michelle’s life. Due to COVID-19, the family has decided NOT to have a family and friends get-together following the service. Arrangements by Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township. For those who desire, donations in memory of Michelle may be made to either, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA), 99 Cherry Street, Milford, CT 06460 or First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, 118 West Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728. For information, directions or condolence messages to the family, visit www.claytonfuneralhome.com.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.