Melanie was born April 6th 1996 in Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL to the parents of Todd and Alice. She is survived by her two sisters, Sydney (26) and Delaney (21). She was the niece to Bradley & Diane, Rick & Jan, Julie, Mark, Chris & Beth, Kurt & Cheryl and Doug & Gina. She was a loving cousin to many.
Melanie had a deep love for learning. This started at an early age when she attended Lawrence Armor Day Preschool. Her creativity and passion as evident to all that knew her. The family moved to Pennsylvania where she attended Groveland Elementary where they lived for short period of time. During that time she made many friends in the subdivision that made the move for her from Chicago easy.
In 2005 the family moved to Lake Orion, MI where Melanie attended Stadium Drive Elementary, Scripps Middle School and Lake Orion High School. She stood out as a great student and made friends quickly. She had many interests and loved to write stories, read, participated in track and cross country. She had a keen knack for languages like Japanese and French. At her 8th grade graduation she was selected to give the key note address to her class.
Melanie found her true passion for Color & Winter Guard during her time at Lake Orion High School. She participated all 4 years and was one of a select few across the country to be chosen to participate in the All American Band in San Antonio, TX.
Melanie continued her education by attending Oakland Community College and then Michigan State University where she graduated from the James Madison College with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in International Relations and a Minor in French. During her junior year she had the opportunity to study abroad in Belgium. During her time abroad she had the opportunity to visit the Netherlands, France, and England.
While she was at MSU she continued to participate in Color Guard with a group called Ovation. She also served as a Director at South Lyon High School working with their Color and Winter Guard program.
Upon graduation Melanie moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan where she worked as a clerk for the Kent County 61st Street Courthouse. She caught on quickly to her tasks, was a hard worker and model employee.
She loved knitting, dancing, ballet, cooking, and gardening as activities to keep her active. She was a big fan of the Walking Dead, Criminal Minds and typically any scary/horror movies.
Melanie had a beautiful heart and someone all of us loved deeply.
Due to CDC recommendations visitation and funeral services will be held privately.
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