Reprinted from the Palisadian-Post
Michele Scheiperpeter, who lived in Ventura for the last eight years, passed away peacefully October 21 at age 52, surrounded by her family in her home in Ventura.
Michele grew up in Pacific Palisades, where she attended Corpus Christi School, St. Monica’s High School and Palisades High. She met Carl Scheiperpeter of Pacific Palisades in high school. They were married for 34 years and lived in Mar Vista before moving to Ventura.
After raising two children, Michele went back to school at Cal State Northridge, where she earned a degree in physical therapy. She was working in Ventura and Ojai prior to her death. She fought GIST for three years before finally succumbing to it.
In 2006, Michele organized the first West Coast GIST Cancer Research Fund walk to raise money for GIST research. She was a caring, loving person and was always there for her family and friends.
Michele was a runner and a hiker and loved camping with her family and friends. Her favorite place to camp was along the Kern River in Kern County. The last few years they camped along the coast in Ventura in their five-wheel camper.
Michele was the daughter of Bonnie and Wally Miller of Pacific Palisades. She is also survived by her husband, who works for the City of Ventura; her daughter Naomi, 33, a teacher in Boise, Idaho; her son Jason, 31, who works in Las Vegas; her grandson Jacob; her sister Lisa Miller, who lives in Cambria with daughter Rose and son Brian; and her brother Jeff Miller, who lives in Seattle with his wife Colleen and their sons Brendan and Devon.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed at the Life Raft Group for GIST cancer research, 40 Galesi Dr., Suite 19, Wayne, New Jersey 07470.