Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO


Melissa P. Tanguay

August 30, 1985June 13, 2019
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Melissa P. Tanguay, beloved wife, mother, daughter, friend, sister, niece, and cousin, passed away on June 13, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 30, 1985, the first of three children born to Cindy Kerwin and the late David Kerwin. Melissa graduated from Coronado High School in 2003. She was pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in her true passion, software engineering, through Arizona State University online while taking care of her two boys. She explored many different jobs including computer programming and software engineering at Apple and CVS. Melissa was a fearless and adventurous person, who cherished her friends and family dearly. She was a black belt in Kempo Karate, a talented artist, and an avid gamer. There were few challenges that she ever backed down from and she could always be counted on to try something new. She loved snowboarding, Donkey Kong, eating sushi, playing Cards Against Humanity, spending time with her friends, and so much more. She is survived by her husband, Jay Tanguay; sons, Finn and Jay Jr.; mother, Cindy; sisters, Teresa and Brenna; as well as a host of wonderful aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Visitation will take place Friday, June 21, 2019, from 4:00-8:00p.m, at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs. A funeral service with reception will take place from 10:00 am-2:00p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Swan-Law Funeral Directors, 501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/jfqs8m-memorial-fund-for-melissa or Trust Fund set up by Jay Tanguay for her sons.


  • David Kerwin (Deceased), Father
  • Cindy Kerwin, Mother
  • Jay Tanguay, Husband
  • Finn Tanguay, Son
  • Jay Tanguay Jr., Son
  • Teresa Kerwin, Sister
  • Brenna Kerwin, Sister
  • Janis Tanguay, Mother-in-law
  • Scott Tanguay, Father-in-law


  • Visitation Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 23, 2019


Melissa P. Tanguay

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Carrie Fanola

June 23, 2019

Melissa was a close family friend of ours. My husband Ralph and I were fortunate to have met Melissa about 4 years ago. We were seated next to her at a Hibachi Grill restaurant and striked up a conversation which led us to become fast friends. She was even so kind and generous to offer us her sushi that night, to people she just met. Melissa was the type of person that would have given you the shirt off her back. She was such a nice, lovely person with a good heart. Melissa and I would talk on the phone for hours on end about everything. We instantly bonded over being new moms especially since our babies were both born in August just a few days apart. We would even joke that Finn and Karina would get married one day. Then, Melissa met the love her life, her husband Jay who also became our good friend. They would always invite us over for their famous BBQs and they were they only couple we would do double dates with! We always have fun just hanging out with them! Then soon afterwards they had JJ Jr around the time we had our twin girls.

I would describe Melissa as beautiful, ( she had the best cheekbones!), accomplished, wicked smart and super funny with a sharp, witty sense of humor. She was a comedian. Her laugh was contagious and never failed to me laugh, too. More importantly, Melissa was a loving and devoted mother and wife. Even though she was taken away from us way too early and it is absolutely heartbreaking that her sweet, precious baby boys lost their mom, I hope she finds peace knowing they will be taken care of by Jay, an amazing dad, who will always carry on her memory. And she can now finally be reunited with hers. All the good ones go first! I love you Melissa and will miss you dearly. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.

Jade Cisneros

June 17, 2019

I met Melissa in 2013. We became friends & started hanging out. We would make beaded jewelry with her friend Kellie, go out to eat or order in and watch Archer, comedies on Netflix or just hang out and talk. We would have deep, heartfelt conversations about, life, love & faith. She went with me to a Christian retreat in 2014 in Woodland Park. It was such a peaceful weekend. We were pregnant with our sons (Finn & Daniel) at the same time. We talked about taking turns watching both boys if we were able to be stay at home moms. I was unfortunately not able to and had to return to work after he was born. I visited her at the hospital when Finn was born & even got to go see him in the NICU. We stayed in touch over the years. I remember bringing over Macaroni and Cheese from Panera shortly after she moved into her new house when she was pregnant with Jay Jr (JJ). I got to see Finn again and meet Jay (TJ) for the first time. We talked about her goals & dreams for her family's future. We would talk on the phone for hours and text each other over the years. We cried together, laughed together & swore we would do better at keeping in touch. She invited me to her wedding last year & I wasn't able to make it since I had to work & had no time off available. I still regret not being able to go. I spoke to her just last month. She was going to come with me to the most recent retreat in May. The timing just didn’t work out, as her mother in law was coming into town that weekend. We were planning on getting together this summer to take the boys camping or do a girl's weekend. I miss her so much & wish I could have seen her at least one last time. My heart is broken for TJ & her sons. Prayers to all of her family & friends on this tragic loss. Melissa was a beautiful person inside and out. She is and will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. ♥

Robin Coen

June 17, 2019

On behalf of Smile for a Lifetime, please accept our deep felt condolences for your loss. May God bestow on you strength during this time.

From the Staff of Smile for a Lifetime.

Allusen Wilkie Roberts

June 17, 2019

Dear family of Melissa, my cousin, Cynthia Kerwin's first born daughter, we shared a birthday, August 30th. Melissa and I were connected through Facebook. I followed her story through this digital medium, and I loved her unique style and beautiful smile. She obviously loved her husband and sons. Praying for the whole family as they struggle through their loss, even though I don't know the cause of her death.

Jillian El Boualaye

June 16, 2019

I knew Melissa in Elementary school at Divine Redeemer and later became friends again in Highschool. She was one of my best friends she introduced to Harry Potter novels and I would go to her house after school and have pizza and watch dragon tales! She also was an amazing artist and we would sketch and color with Prisma colors. We also loved playing video games and do silly Spanish skits which was always a lot of fun. She was always kind to those she met. Highschool would have been a lot harder for me without her friendship. We lost touch after highschool but met when we could. She was absolutely in love with her boys and husband and was a great mother. I am so sad she isn't here anymore and will miss her always. All my love Melissa.

Dan Gibson

June 16, 2019

Melissa and i went to school with eachother from third grade to freshman year of high school . While everyone was trying to be a cool kid , melissa was always herself no matter what . A true flower that always grew with or without sunshine , she was self sustainable, always kind ,and was never affraid to be herself . The last time i spoke with her was in 2012 vaguely , but ill never forget how intelligent she was growing up and i wish we had spoke more often .
A memory that stands out the most was when i was attending corpus christi high school and i was somewhat of an outcast and i was bummed out one day on the playground and she came up to me and welcomed me to the school and we talked about stuff i collected at the time ( starwars and marvel) it made me feel better and leff of a black sheep . She was great at drawing and i remember her drawings and lisa frank pencil boxes and pouches that were always well organized . She had the paper mate erasable pens that were hot back then because they were new . Melissa we all miss you and remember you forever . Rest in peace friend

Daniel Wooten

June 16, 2019

Melissa and I were best friends we met at the summer after 12th grade we started college together and we talked daily we used to just sit around and make packs with one another like by the time we were 40 we were going to go visit Japan together we were going to start a podcast that was going to change the world a video games and video game review webcast that we started in the early 2000 we always had an adventure we always make jokes about being Dynamic Duos her Dee me Dennis from Always Sunny in Philadelphia Batman and Robin Wonder Twins we even had have nicknames for one another she called me chocolate bear and I called her kiwi I loved her as strongly as u can love someone ill miss are grabbing sushi and catching up talking about the ppl in are lives she always had to approve any woman I was with since I was 20 yr old before we dated she met them and I'm glad you got to met my wife and approve her. Melissa will always be my buddy, best friend

Kellie Orfield

June 16, 2019

Melissa was my best friend In high school. We used to hang out at each other’s house and after school or go to the mall and go straight to hot topic lol. We would do everything together. She was born a day before me and would always rub it in that she was older then me lol. We loved scary movies and would watch horror movies all the time. When we would hand out at our houses, we would do lots of crafts. I tried to teach her to crochet so many times but since I’m a righty and her a lefty it was so hard lol. I usually just gave her whatever I was working on anyways lol. I will truly miss her. I’m sad that life distanced us after we graduated but I’m glad she found me and we were back in each other’s lives. I will miss you Melissa ❤️.

Chris Jenkins

June 15, 2019

Melissa was like the older sister that I needed in my life always helping me with the bad things and celebrating the good in the grad fashion that only she could, she was extremely loving and caring of those that she knew and was one of the best people that you could ever hope to meet in your life, most people go to their friends when they need something, and i was no exception to that, but from her what i needed most was guidance and she had that in abundance. Without her having been in my life i would hate to think about the kind of person that i would be. she will be missed and my thoughts go to her family and other friends because through her, we are all family