Mary Jane Melchior

February 9, 1942April 28, 2020

Mary Jane Melchior of Kent, Ohio was born in Canton, Ohio of Joseph W. and Clementine R. Melchior who preceded her in death. She died on April 28, 2020.

She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and St. John College with a baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Religious Education. She loved her first graders as an Elementary Education Teacher in Bay Village, Ohio and her work as Director of Religious Education in Smyrna, Georgia as well as parishes in the Akron/Cleveland and Youngstown areas. She also taught high school religious education in the Akron area. She is preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Clementine Melchior, her brother Joseph Melchior Jr, and her sister Lynita Fockler. She is remembered by her brother William Melchior of Orlando, Fl., and a sister Charlene Melchior of Phoenix, AZ. as well as 12 nieces and nephews and their families. She loved her family and the companionship of good friends. Mary Jane enjoyed the beauty of nature, had an avid interest in sports and keen interest in politics. Appreciation is extended to all those who cared for her, especially in the last months of her life.

Due to covid-19 there will be a private burial with a celebration of life held in the coming months. Family members and friends will be contacted when plans are complete.

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Carole Nettle

May 22, 2020

Jane was the kindest and truly best person, I have ever known. She always put other peoples needs before her own. I believe that she is the head of all angels in heaven watching over us. I love you Jane. I feel lucky to have known you.


Susie Wyszynski-Stephens

May 14, 2020

Such wonderful memories of having Sr. Mary Jane as my first grade teacher while she was at Annunciation School in Akron 50+ years ago. I had thought of her often over the years. Always smiling, she was so loved by the children. May she rest in Eternal Peace with our Lord.

shelene studzinski

May 14, 2020

Mary Jane was a sweet woman that I will not forget...she worked at our Parish, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora for a number of years along with Sr. Connie.... she brought a real sense of family and caring to a large (at the time) impersonal group of parishioners.... She was easy to talk to and always had time to listen ... I was sorry to see her leave our Parish... God Bless her and her family....

Rita Klein

May 13, 2020

My heart is broken at the loss of Mary Jane. She was a gentle, loving soul who came into my life at just the right time. Her impact on me will live on in my soul forever. She unlocked scripture for me and brought me ever closer to the feminine godhead. She now guides me "from the other side." Much love and comfort to Connie and all the family.

Maureen Tighe-Brown, H. M.

May 12, 2020

Dear Mary Jane! What a kind, happy, wonderful person! I was with her from c.1960-1966, especially at St. John College. And she was such fun to be with! My heart is grieving for her friends & family, for the enormity of their loss. My heart is with you.

Charlene Melchior

May 12, 2020

I will miss my sister greatly as we had countless times thru the years of sharing and caring for each other. It was an honor to have you as a big sister for 70 years. We ended up miles apart from each other but that didn't deter the bond we had. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being there.

Those of us you leave will continue on day by day. We will hold you in our hearts and when feelings of sadness creep in we will seek solace from the wonderful memories we have of you.
As Mom always said, "Love is Eternal"

Carol McGirr

May 12, 2020

The last time we saw Mary Jane (Janie) was when we all attended her sister and brother-in-law (Nita and Art Fockler) funeral and everything that was included during that time. She was a true friend to everybody she met.

Sounds like she was sick for a while so I’m glad she is no longer suffering and has joined her sis and others that I know she will be happy to see.

Love from John & Carol McGirr
Naples, FL

Beverly Mccravy

May 11, 2020

We have been friends for 48 years. I will miss talking and laughing with her. We might not have talked often but like friends , when we did we enjoyed catching up and talking about family, that was so important to her. She will be truly missed by my family.
Bev McCravy
Smyrna, Ga

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