Hodges-Kiser Funeral Home

9231 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, FL



February 22, 1942September 14, 2019

Melva Hisrich, 77, passed away September 14th, 2019 at Health Park Hospital. She was born in Valparaiso, Indiana to Gladys Mitchell and Tom Drake. She lived in Eau Claire, WI for 33 years and has been in Fort Myers, FL for the past 18 years. Melva and Joe were married in 1968 and celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on August 10th. Melva worked as a social worker for Eau Claire County for 27 years and was a leader in her local and state AFSCME union. She was a constant reader, avid member of the Democratic Party, active member of PEO Chapter B – Fort Myers, and a member of St. Columbkille Parish. Melva was preceded in death by her parents, Gladys and Dave Mitchell. She is survived by her husband, Joe, daughters Mary (Scott) Jenkins, Kate (John) Juckem, sisters Gini Krahn, Sue (Bud) Magyar, and Linly Mitchell, grandchildren Jake, Andrew, Maggie, Lizzie, Joey, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Columbkille Parish, 12171 Iona Road in Fort Myers on Tuesday, September 24th at 11 am with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, Melva suggested contributions to the American Lung Association, the Democratic Party, or St. Columbkille Parish. Arrangements by Hodges Kiser Funeral Home.


  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, September 24, 2019



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Teri Gray

September 24, 2019

Dear Joe, Mary, Katie and Family,
We’re sending love, hugs, and sincere sympathy from your family in Valparaiso. Although my memories of Melva are a bit distant, they are fond and warm...She was a loving niece to Jim and Jo through the years, always sending “Bohemian baked goods” to them at Christmas time (thanks Joe). To me she was an admired older cousin who was very intelligent and loving. The Makovsky family Christmas memories are some of my oldest and dearest... I remember Melva’s excitement and enthusiasm when Star Wars came out in 1977, and several years later, I remember her clapping with approval when I told her my husband had a vasectomy! I remember that although Melva had somewhat of a rough start to her adult life, once she met Joe, she flourished, and with him built a wonderful family life!
With Love, The Browns and Grays

Linly Mitchell

September 23, 2019

Melva gave me the very best birthday ever the year I turned 8, I got to take a train all by myself from Valpo to Chicago to visit my big sister and fiance Joe. They had a fabulous time planned for me. We went to the top of the Prudential building and watch them dye the river green, and we saw the St. Patrick's Day Parade, went to Lincoln Park Zoo, ate great pizza , we went to the circus too, she even had a cake for me at her dorm when we got back. Best birthday ever!
She also let me be one of her kids when I was a teen (I was a challenge to say the least) I was blessed to be able to share so much time with my nieces who I adore. I also was able to go to the best high school ever. Most likely if Joe and Melva hadn't taken me in I never would have graduated. Because of watching them I learned how to be the best mom ever. I learned what unconditional love really was, they never gave up on me. There was a yellow legal pad that had rules and consequences , I did mention I was a challenge.
Anytime I needed to talk Melva was always there for medical advice or any other advise. I loved taking politics with her too. The last time I visited them we had a Thanksgiving dinner just like my high school days. When we made the stuffing any that didn't fit in the bird was the perfect breakfast. I'll treasure every moment I was blessed to have with Melva she was seriously special! You'll be missed my sister. I love you laa💜

Beth Hicks

September 19, 2019

Sorry to learn that Melva passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Joe. Thinking of you at this difficult time,
Ed and Beth Hicks

Gloria Hochstein

September 19, 2019

I have so many fond memories of Melva and Joe and Katie and Mary from their time in Eau Claire--those memories could fill a large volume. I recall the wonderful themed Halloween parties at the Hisrich house on Garfield Ave. in Eau Claire, WI. Melva and Joe were the consummate hosts, and everyone wanted to be at those parties. The food was amazing, and Melva and Joe inspired great cleverness and ingenuity in the themes and costumes.

I also remember many days and evenings spent playing their version of Balderdash. Melva was so well read and so smart that it was hard to fool her with a fake definition of an unusual word. But we always had much laughter in the process.

Melva will always be a vibrant part of my memory bank.

Gloria Hochstein, Eau Claire, WI