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Michelle Shoemaker Pender

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Michelle Shoemaker Pender, 46, of Harrisburg passed away suddenly after a brief illness on Saturday, December 31st, 2022 at Community General Osteopathic Hospital.  Michelle was born on September 16th, 1976 in Harrisburg, to Cynthia Miller Shoemaker and Mike Shoemaker.  After living in Florida for several years, she returned to central Pennsylvania and was an EMT with Life Team for close to 15 years serving mostly in the city of Harrisburg.  She transferred to Children’s Community Pediatrics where her love of all children brought smiles and reassurance to patients and parents alike.

Michelle is survived by her husband, David Pender; son, Nicholas Shoemaker; step-son, Ethan Pender; father Mike Shoemaker (Terry Potteiger Shoemaker), mother Cynthia Miller Shoemaker; step-mother, Cathy Shoemaker (Mike Miller); siblings Justin Shoemaker (Samantha), Casey Shultz (Rob), Michael Miller (Brittany); nieces and nephews Jason, Jakob, Aubrey, Taylor, Sophie, Landon, Cole; and many, many friends, family and patients from her years of being a First Responder with Swatara Township Fire Service and Life Team EMS.   

An informal Celebration of Life for Michelle Shoemaker Pender will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2023 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the American Legion Post 998 – Lawnton – 4700 Derry Street Harrisburg, PA. 17111. All family and friends welcome to visit at any time in casual dress.

Donations to the Humane Society of Harrisburg in Michelle’s honor are requested in lieu of flowers.

The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Pender family.

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