February 4, 2021

Michelle B. Tichota

Michelle Bourgeois Tichota, age 43, of Omaha passed away February 3, 2021. She was born August 13, 1977 in Lake Charles, Louisiana to Thomas and Judy (Talazac) Bourgeois. Michelle was a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduating from Woodlawn High School (1996) and Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in international business (2006).

Our sweet Michelle, “Mich”, had a love for both playing and coaching volleyball, reading, jewelry making, cooking, and above all else spending time with family.

Survivors include husband Robert Tichota and feline daughter Callie. Mother Judy Bourgeois; mother-in-law and father-in-law Katherine and Randolph Tichota. Sister and brother-in-law Becky and Gerald Calegan. Brother and sister-in-law Scott Bourgeois and Monika Saigal. Sister-in-law Amy Sanderford and husband Aaron. Nieces Katie and Lauren Calegan; Josie and Emily Sanderford. Michelle was preceded in death by her father Thomas Bourgeois and feline son Marcellous.

Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Wyuka Funeral Home. The service will be livestreamed HERE.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 5:00-8:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 5:00-6:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Memorials in lieu of flowers to the family to be designated for The Cat House-Lincoln, Harvest of Books-Lincoln and Club Legacy Volleyball Scholarship-Omaha all in care of Wyuka Funeral Home, 3600 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510.

Interment Fairview Cemetery Lincoln.


  1. Robert and family our deepest sympathy over the loss of Michelle.
    What heaven has gained with such a beautiful, strong and dynamic human being. Sending much love, hugs and an abundance of prayers for each of you.

    • My deepest sympathy Robert. So very sorry to hear of your loss. All of my prayers sent. Michelle will be truly missed by so many. God be with you and your family. Sincerely, Scott Amend 🙏💐

  2. Robert,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With our deepest sympathy,

    Holly & Cody Amend

  3. Robert, I was so deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and family as you journey through and praying for peace knowing she is in good hands. Big hugs for you, Robert.

    • Sorry for your loss will keep her in my prayers

  4. She was a phenomenonal person. My heart, thoughts, love and hugs go out to her loved ones and every single life she touched. She was an angel on earth that gained her well earned wings. She will be loved and missed always.

  5. Dear Robert and all if Michelle’s family and friends,
    We are heartbroken fir all of you! We will be praying fir your peace a d comfort as you travel thus bumpy road ahead! We believe Michelle was received into Jesus arms abd comforted fir her loss of mire time with all of you on thus earth! But, we also believe she will be praying fir your peace to know someday you will all be reunited in our eternal home!! Love, Dick and Phyllis

  6. Robert,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Michelle was a great friend. We immediately clicked when we first met. My thoughts are with you.

  7. To the Family…
    You have my deepest condolences and sympathy. I worked with Michelle many years ago and every now and then we would say something on social media.
    We’ve had many laughs together. I will keep the family in my prayers.She will be missed.

  8. We thought of you with love today,
    But that is nothing new.
    We thought about you yesterday,
    And the days before that too.
    We think of you in silence.
    We often speak your name.
    Now all we have is memories,
    And pictures in a frame.
    Your memory is our keepsake,
    From which we’ll never part.
    God has you in His keeping,
    We have you in our hearts.

  9. Michelle touched our hearts from the moment we met her. We will miss her dearly and we are very sorry that we could not be at the side of her loved ones. We embrace the family from this distance knowing that our hearts are there and our souls have been enriched by Michelle’s love of life and her relentless fight against her illness. May she rest in Peace.

  10. Dear Robert and Loved Ones,
    You have my deepest condolences and sympathy for your loss. Michelle was such a beacon of light to our team at GitGo. She made us smile everyday. I always looked forward to logging on and spending my day virtually with her. She was a genuine and positive person to the fullest. She will truly be missed.

    With Love,

  11. To Michelle’s loved ones,

    I had the pleasure working with Michelle at GitGo and she was so sweet and kind. She always brought light to our team and laughter. Every time we talked she had a way of making my day better or making me laugh. She will truly be missed. Prayers to the loved ones who will be missing such an incredible woman who I know not only touched my heart at work but in each and everyone’s lives who had the pleasure of knowing her.

  12. I will never forget Michelle’s positive radiant light, and I’ll forever be grateful to have had Michelle in my life and on the GitGo Team even for too brief a time. We will all miss her dearly. She made such a positive impression on everyone she touched. Robert, we are sending you so much love & light through this difficult time.

  13. Robert and family,
    We are so sorry and want to extend our deepest sympathy. You and your family are in our prayers. We so enjoyed the time we go to spend with Michelle over the years as her volleyball family. We will miss her. God bless.

    Tony, Wendy and Carley Damme

  14. Robert,

    I am absolutely heartbroken to hear about Michelle’s passing. Even though we lost touch with each other over the years she has always remained in my thoughts. She was an amazing woman and will always have a special place in my heart.

    Sending love to you and your family.

  15. I am deeply saddened by Michelle’s passing. She was an amazing person. I first met her at bus stop for MBS in 6th grade. Michelle lived down the road, and I was the new kid who had recently moved to Baton Rouge. The changes were rough but Michelle was a big help. Our friendship continued through the years and I was so happy when she went Woodlawn. There her passion for volleyball grew exponentially. She was an amazing spirit and will be deeply missed!

  16. She was such a special person, full of kindness and fun. I had the joy of working with her during some of my first years as a teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

    “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    I can’t help but think of this Maya Angelou quote and how true it is for Michelle, as she brought so much happiness to the world- her memory will continue to bring joy to many.

  17. Robert, Spencer and I are heartbroken for the loss of your precious wife. We pray that you feel the love being sent to you during this time of sorrow. Even though we didn’t know Michelle we knew she must have been a gem to ge chosen by you. Blessing to you and Randy, Kathy, Amy and Aaron and Michelle’s family.

    • Even though I never met you, I wish you were still here. Robert still has a tough time with you being gone. Even the responses he made me read about you.. you seemed like an amazing person. One day.. I hope to go to your grave and honor your memory. You were gone too soon.


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