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OBITUARY

Melanie Herrmann

11 October, 195512 June, 2021

Melanie Herrmann was born on October 11, 1955 in Holyoke Massachusetts to Helen Ives and Edward Pritchett. Growing up, she lived all over the country and traveled frequently due to her father being in the Air Force. She graduated from Bellevue East Senior High School in Omaha, Nebraska which she deemed as her home town. Melanie received a BSBA from the University of Phoenix, which is where she met her husband Perry in 1998. The two remained friends post grad, and officially started dating in 2008 which lead to their marriage in June of 2013. Melanie had a long and successful career, starting with being a Kelly Girl at First Data in her twenties, and worked hard to move up in the ranks through Western Union and finishing her career as the Vice President of Operations at TD Bank. She raised Max as a single mother while living in Parker, Colorado, her Colorado home town, and put in many years guiding him to the best of her abilities. Melanie had a passion for helping people develop and strived to help people around her be better and successful through mentoring. Those of you who knew Melanie, knew that she loved cooking, and with that hosting dinners for friends and families, and even tailgating for Bronco games. On Saturdays, you can most likely find her in the kitchen cooking, and she was infamous for her short ribs and her favorite cocktail, a classic gin and tonic. Meanwhile on Sundays, it was a Melanie ritual to get breakfast at the Tailgate in Parker, then go to the farmers market. Melanie also had a morning tradition of having her morning coffee or tea delivered to her while still in bed and would read her iPad and text her friends. Being the fun loving person that she was, you can always find her dancing, especially to Motown, at parties and functions, and always had a good sense of humor. Melanie loved her garden, and would look forward to Spring every year to be able to get back to gardening, and while it was winter here in Colorado, she would love to be in Florida to get away from the cold. Melanie also loved the outdoors and camping, fishing, walking the beach, and traveling around. Melanie loved her three grandchildren, Paxton, Hadley, and Clayton, and always wanted to make sure that she would be there if they were ever disagreeing with their parents, and even had a room in the basement ready at all times for them. Melanie and Perry would walk the Highline Canal almost daily, and she would always remind him to slow his pace, make their walk, enjoyable and to take everything in. Melanie was a very direct woman, and would let you know if you did anything that bothered her. She was also a shopper, and would love shopping in all sorts of places, even though she ended up, returning about 80% of what she bought. Despite how fun loving Melanie was, she was somewhat of an introvert. She didn’t like constant chatter and would make sure her iPad was close by. She loved playing word games and reading the New York Times.

She is survived by her mother and father Helen Ives Desilets and Edward Pritchett, Father Figure Marty Desilets, Sister Lisa Laughery, Brother David Pritchett, Husband Perry Herrmann, son Max Mulleneaux, Step-Daughter Ashley Romero, Step-son Justin Herrmann, Son-in-law Tony Romero, Grandchildren Paxton, Hadley and Clayton Romero, Niece Stormie Desilets, and Nephews Matthew and Adam Olson. Melanie is pre-deceased by her sister, Amanda Pritchett.

Melanie was a dear friend and mentor to many. She always inspired the people around her to be their best and treasured her family. Melanie had a healthy, wonderful life until she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the end of 2020. She fought valiantly.

Visitations for Melanie will be held at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary at 6601 South Colorado Boulevard, Centennial on Sunday, June 20th from 12:30pm - 4pm. Services for Melanie will be held on Monday, June 21st at 1pm followed by interment and a reception, also at Olinger Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Melanie’s honor to the University of Colorado Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, link below.

https://giving.cu.edu/MelanieHerrmann

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, 20 June , 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, 21 June , 2021

  • Entombment

    Monday, 21 June , 2021

  • Reception

    Monday, 21 June , 2021

Memories

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Francine Meyer

24 June 2021

Perry, Max, Mel's family and loved ones - my deepest condolences for your loss - she was extraordinary!

Mel - It has taken me a while to be able to write any words here, - I am just one of the so many who will miss you, but I will miss you dearly. Thank you for your friendship, thank you for being genuine, thank you for being you, and thank you for my 60th b-day greeting(shared), it was one of my favs - Miss always at work looking beautiful, perfectly coiffed and glamorous - contributing a totally casual, looking so happy and confident, while walking her dog in the snow photo was just great, it was just you - and I loved it! Love you and miss you - XOXOXOXOXO

Jenny Sobania

23 June 2021

I first met Melanie at Western Union. I was a hired consultant and I sat right outside her office. She was intimidating! She was always put together, very professional, and ran a tight ship! "We need to be buttoned up" she would always say to me to make sure our clients were happy with our service. She raised the bar for me and set expectations high so I had to be on my "A" game at all times. We were colleagues and eventually became good friends. She was a mentor both in the workplace and in my personal life, helping me to navigate my way through my career as well as the teenage years of raising my kids! We would have great chats and we made each other laugh. I miss her. She left us too soon.

Angie Robinson

21 June 2021

Dearest Perry and family,
Melanie filled the room when she entered.
We love you all dearly, our thoughts and prayers are with you always......

Erin Jung

20 June 2021

Melanie was a life force. She inspired so much good in the world. Melanie sent my son a kit to grow and release butterflies. Not only are there 10 more butterflies in the world because of Melly, the wonder I saw on my son's face as he watched them fly off was priceless. Melanie was an incredible friend and mentor to me. I loved her very much.
To Perry, Max and all of Melanie's family, our deepest condolences.
With love,
The Jung Family

Kristine Schneider

20 June 2021

I first met Melanie when she was a participant in the Women's Vision Leadership Institute where I was a facilitator and coach. She was so enjoyable to get to know, and it was so rewarding to work with her. She was a bright, perceptive and caring leader and manager, a rare combination in many circles. Melanie was liked and respected by her classmates and colleagues as well as our staff. In addition we shared an appreciation for Gumbo and Louisiana cooking as well as dining on good food, no matter the meal. I am so saddened to hear of her untimely passing. My prayers and condolences go out to Max, Perry and the rest of her family.

Caron O’Malley

20 June 2021

I only met Melanie once when she hired me to care for the Redington Shores condo in Florida. The rest of my communication was through texting. She was always so kind and always asked how I was doing before we got to business.
She always asked about her two plants out on the balcony and to make sure they were watered. She was so happy when I sent a photo of one of them blooming. May you Rest In Peace

Tena Brooks

19 June 2021

Perry, I actually shared a memory, but I didn't leave a note for you or Max. Though we didn't talk often, I love Mel, learned a lot from her. I wish I hadn't missed the post on FB and wish I had known she was suffering. I regret I wasn't there for her. I would have been had I known.
You were a great gift for her. If there is anything I can do please let me know.
My heart to yours

Tena

Tena Brooks

19 June 2021

Mel and I were at a silent auction …. Biding against each other on a vacation week in Scottsdale. We were not best buds at this time, though after a few drinks we noticed that someone else was bidding against us. So like any 'want to win' women would, we dropped our competition and ganged up on the third guy to out bid him. Side note: Mel and I are both slightly introverted and both pretty direct. Though she was more politically correct than I am. Back to the story: the next morning she walked into my office, looked at me with her smirk, arms crossed over her chest and said. “Do you really think we can go on vacation together and still have fun?” I looked at her “What have we done!” We both laughed, decided we could live separately together for that one week. Instead, we had a great vacation, shopping, playing cards, eating out and such with our husbands. So much fun in fact, that we did the exact same thing the next year, only this time we did it on purpose. She and I were fiends from that time on.

Pete Karas

19 June 2021

Perry, Max and Family,

So very sorry to hear of your loss and of Melanie’s passing. I was fortunate enough to work with Melanie during our time at First Data and Western Union. Hers was always such positive energy, and with such a great laugh, whatever the circumstances.

Rest in peace Melanie, you will truly be missed.

In deepest sympathy,

Pete Karas

Denise Jaworski

18 June 2021

My sincere condolences to Perry, Max and family.

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and work with Melanie throughout my career at First Data / Western Union. Melanie was an extremely hard working, intelligent, passionate leader. She had one of the most robust career building tools to develop those around her, as well as herself. Always wanting to know how to enhance her skills to get to the next level.

More than an amazing colleague, she was a wonderful friend. We met for lunches and dinners all around town. There was never a time that she failed to ask about me and my family. I loved hearing her talk about her family. Max was always a topic of conversation, as she was so proud of him and was always looking out for his best interests.

I sit here today feeling like this world lost a beautiful person. I know I lost the most precious friend one could every hope for.

Rest In Peace my dear friend Melanie!