.April 24 to
May 1, 2013.
.Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Melland 86, Oconto passed away peacefully at home after a lifetime of
illnesses. She was born on March 20, 1927 in Oconto to the late Wilfred
"Pip" and Rose "Mim" (Lemirande) Barribeau Sr. Darlene met her husband
John while he was working for Acme Tree Surgery. She worked at the old
Egg Plant in Oconto before she was married.
On August 28, 1948 Darlene
married John Melland at St. Peters Catholic Church, Oconto. After all
of her children were in school she started working at Racine Glove Co.,
Oconto until it closed in 1981. She also taught religion classes at St.
Peters for seven years.
Darlene and John loved to travel to all
different parts of the U.S. with her sisters her brother and vacations
every year with their children.
Survivors include four children Deborah
(Melland-Anderson) Coniff, Oconto; Renee (Melland-Belongia) Berg and
friend Mark, Oconto; Jeffrey (Dawn) Melland, Oconto; Tami (Melland)
Shields, Marinette; eight grandchildren Chad (Jessy) Anderson, Ryan
(Jen) Anderson, Heather (Eric) Ferris, Brandi (Micah) VandenBranden,
Nikki Belongia and friend Shae, SPC Christopher Melland stationed in
Washington State and fiancee Becca Martinez, Travis Melland, Kendra
Shields; eleven great-grandchildren Tyler, Riley, Kyle and Kody Ferris;
Parker and Alexis Anderson; Garrett and Riley Anderson; Logan and Kylee
Neta; and Brooklynn VandenBranden. She is further survived by one
sister Marlene (Ralph) Hall Jr., Green Bay; one sister-in-law Donna
Barribeau, Oconto, both being special to her. A special niece Judi
(Bob) Kelsey, Green Bay; Goddaughters Cherie Cichanofsky, Green Bay and
Kris (Dennis) Polsen, Naperville, IL. Dar had an extended family with
Jim Coniff's children Lorie, Cathy, Tracy and Chris with nine
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by
one son-in-law Jim Coniff; one brother Wilfred "Curly" Barribeau Jr.;
three sisters June (Cyr) Zanders, Sally (Alvin) Rudolph and Laverne
Friends may call at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto
from 9:30-11 AM Friday. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Friday April 26,
2013 at the Church with Father Joel Sember officiating. Interment will
be at Oconto Catholic Cemetery, Oconto. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home,
Oconto is assisting the family. Please visit www.rhodescharapata.com to express online condolences.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone at
Unity Hospice for the fabulous support to our family in their care for
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