Michelle Lorraine Cyrus

April 27, 1964 ‒ December 08, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Michelle Lorraine (Barkeloo) Cyrus

Our much beloved Michelle transitioned to her heavenly home surrounded by family on December 8, 2018. Although she is gone from our sight, her memory and love will always remain in in our hearts. Michelle fought a long courageous battle against ocular melanoma, during that time she displayed incredible strength and courage.

Michelle was born April 27, 1964 in Lancaster, CA to the late Robert and Wilma Barkeloo. She was preceded in death by 3 half-brothers. She has 2 sisters Terri (Steve) House and Amber (Rob) Thompson and 4 half-sisters and 1 half-brother. A graduate of Hayes H.S. in 1982, she worked 30 plus years for Buehler’s as a baker. On October 21, 2000, she married the love of her life and the man she called, “my amazing husband” John Cyrus. They enjoyed many great times and adventures together. Michelle was blessed with a daughter Nicole and grandson Colton, and former son-in-law Clayton.

Michelle loved spending time with her husband, daughter and grandson. They enjoyed crafting together, trips and girls’ days out. Michelle adored her grandson and spent time teaching him state capitals, math facts and many fun things. Michelle was always full of life and as the family celebrated many occasions around the family table, it was her knack for selecting the perfect humorous card that brought many belly laughs. Many a stray cat and dog, (goats and mini-horse) stole the heart of Michelle and ended up with a spot at the feed bowl. Michelle also loved doing home DIY projects, scrapbooking and crafting. Before marrying, she was very proud of the house she and Nicole called home as she had designed and oversaw the building of it.

Michelle was a former member of Delaware Church of Christ in Christian Union and more recently attended New Hope Reformed Church, Powell.

Michelle had a special bond with her sister Terri who was a godsend during her time of illness. Terri spent many hours sitting and caring for her sister, her kindness and help was greatly appreciated. Michelle also wanted to show her love and appreciation to Theresa and Gary Perry for the many family meals she enjoyed around their dining room table and to Steve and Jen Cyrus and Betsy Shaffer and Rod Essig.

The family will receive friends on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware where services celebrating Michelle’s life will follow at 2:00 pm. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Family and friends are then welcome to gather together for a reception in the Snyder-Rodman Community Room.

In lieu of flowers, Michelle requested donations be made to St. Jude http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?px=5537255&fr_id=39300&pg=personal

To share a fond memory of Michelle or to offer a condolence to her family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com



  • To John, Nicole and other family members I extend my deepest condolences for your great loss. May you find the strength you need to cope by reaching out to your heavenly Father in sincere prayers.

  • I remember years ago working in the same place, Michelle always had a way of lighting up a room by walking into it ! She was and always will be one beautiful lady. Our prayers continue for all of you and your family.

  • Another member of our Buehler family has passed. Michelle was a big part of that family… her courageous battle to win the fight was so impressive to all of us. Her work ethic was fantastic. She will be missed but never forgotten. May your family be at Peace as you are now free of pain. Our sympathy from Michelle’s Buehler family to the Cyrus family. Peace to all.

  • I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. I can only how you must feel. I have personally found comfort in scriptures like Job 14:14,15 which remind me that God cares so deeply for us that he yearns for the day when he will bring us back to life (John 5:28, 29). I hope that these words bring you comfort as well.

  • You have our sincere condolences. I remember her at Hayes and my wife and I will remember her from church.

  • Dear John and family:

    Dale, Teresa, and I were so sorry to hear about Michelle. I know she was a great blessing to you and your family. She gave cancer quite a fight. She is no longer in pain and that is a blessing. May the Lord be especially close to you during these sad days. We will be praying for you. All of our love. Darlene

  • We offer our sincere and warm condolences to you, John, Nicole, Colton, and rest of the family that Michelle held so dear.
    You waited for and found your perfect sole mate and wife, John.
    There are no words for such a deep, deep sorrow. Please be sure that you are in our prayers.

    John & Debbie White

  • I remember the day Michelle went to the alter, im thinking the day she got saved but i may be wrong, I’ll never forget John’s face when he headed back to his seat. The tears, the look of such thankfulness. Something that stuck with me all these years. So so sorry for your loss but even more thankful for the promise of our eternity in heaven.

  • My sincere condolences to all the family. I knew Michelle and Teri from high school and then reconnected with Michelle at Grace Brethren. My prayers are with you for comfort in this time of loss.

  • Please give my condolences to Michelle Barkeloo Cyrus’s family.

    I am a former teacher of Michelle’s, and although she was in my classes many years ago, I remember her very fondly. John, you were one of my students, too. I am very sad to read about your wife’s passing.

    Best, Dan Morrison