Michele L'Heureux Elpi

June 1, 1950April 5, 2018

Michele L'Heureux Elpi passed away suddenly on April 5, 2018 while at home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She was born on June 1, 1950 to the late Irene and Dr. Jerome L'Heureux in Meriden, Connecticut, where she grew up. Michele attended St. Laurent School, Mercy High School in Middletown, Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire and Paier College of Art in Hamden where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and then studied at Yale Art School. Her varied career included advertising, public relations and medical illustration of a book called "Total Care of the Stroke Victim", which is in the Library of Congress. Michele was an accomplished, award winning artist. She exhibited and sold her paintings throughout New England and at the Seascape Art Gallery in Old Saybrook. Her work is included in private collections throughout the US, Europe and the Far East. Michele was always thoughtful and caring of others and a fun loving person, full of laughter with a positive outlook on life. She is survived by her husband John Elpi and her six siblings, Peirre L'Heureux and wife Carol of Meriden, Jean L'Heureux of Las Vegas, Marie Therese Gelinas and husband Dave of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Andre L'Heureux and wife Nancy of Madison, Suzanne Shulga and husband Scott of San Juan Capistrano, California, Jacques L'Heureux and wife Jody of Fishersville, Virginia, John Elpi's four adult children and dozens of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Swan Funeral Home at 1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook on Saturday, April 21st at 11AM. A burial will follow at the Cypress Cemetery on College Street (Route 154), Old Saybrook, Connecticut.


  • Calling Hours Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Marsha Vasiloff Abrahamson

May 15, 2018

Oh John....I am so sorry to hear of Michele's passing....I just found out and wished I could have been at her services. I share so many memories, spending time with her at Grove Beach as teenagers, then finding her again many years later, sharing the art world with her. She was a beautiful soul, and I will sure miss her. I am so sorry for your loss......... I am so glad that you found each other in life....with love Marsha

Yvette Fournier

April 8, 2018


The world has lost a true Angel, a selfless human being. Thank you for being so kind over the last 40 years.
Michelle, ma belle
These are words that go together well
My Michelle
Michelle, ma belle
Sont les mots qui vont tres bien ensemble
Tres bien ensemble
I love you, I love you, I love you
That's all I want to say
Until I find a way
I will say the only words I know that you'll understand.

I love you,

Chris Godfrey

April 8, 2018

I'm very sad to hear of your passing.
My mom walked around the house singing "Michelle ma belle" every time before your visit.
I'm thank for all the people we have shared in the art world.
All the odd jobs at your gallery/studio.
All the yummy lunches we shared while painting the kitchen.
And of course your wonderful way of inspiring Us all with your talents.
Thank you, Michelle, for being their for my mom when she was sick and all the great home cooked meals you made for our family.
You helped so many people and always went out of your way to make certain we all found comfort in your surroundings.
You will be forever missed as a great neighbor and tremendous friend.
Fly high, Michelle.

Love ,


Lori Hanlon

April 7, 2018

Getting together each year to celebrate our June birthdays !! With you Michelle and John and Peter & I . Also sitting on the deck at Nancy’s in the summer sharing stories and laughter....
Michelle you were in life a wonderful and giving person . You will be miss by many.
Our sympathies go out to John . You are in our prayers .
Lori & Peter

Jacques L'Heureux

April 6, 2018

Dear John,
We share the grief of the loss of your wife and our sister Michele.
We can find comfort in remembering the good times and happy moments.
Michele will be missed.
Jacques & Jody