Melvin Allen Montanye

February 10, 1940December 24, 2020

Melvin Allen Montanye, Age 80, died on Thursday December 24th, 2020 at his residence. He was born in 1940 in Pittston PA.

He had been a resident of Warminster PA. since his marriage in 1962. Melvin graduated from West Pittston High School in 1958. He then attended and graduated from Bloomsburg State College where he Captained the Huskies Football team and met a cheerleader named Kathleen Sinkler.

Melvin married that Cheerleader, the former Kathleen Sinkler, in 1962, celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary on Oct 12th, 2020. They have two children Michael (Phoebe) Montanye of Gilbertsville, PA, and Eric (Suzanne) Montanye of Wayne, PA. They have 8 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Hitchcock of Wyoming PA.

Melvin received his Master of Education from Temple University and his Graduate Certificate for Principalship from Lehigh University. He began his teaching career in Centennial School District leading the accelerated program. Following that position, he began working for Penn State University as the director of Student Teaching for Centennial School District. His career as a Principal began in the Bensalem School District, opening the brand new Valley Elementary School and finishing his career at Rush Elementary School, where the Library bears his name, retiring in 1998.

Melvin’s faith in Christ was always at the forefront of his life, serving as a Deacon for Dotterer Memorial Baptist Church and later as an Elder for Davisville Church. He continued to teach Sunday school and Bible Studies as well as volunteering as a counselor for Joni and Friends camps, a ministry serving the disabled. He was an active member of the Churchville Rotary club where he served as President.

A memorial service will be held at a later date with the hope that friends and family will be able to collectively celebrate Mel’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mel’s name can be made to Joni and Friends through their website at


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Donna Dickinson

January 9, 2021

I started working at Valley School as Mel's secretary, when I was 19. He was my first real "boss" out of high school. Mel opened a brand new school, hired his staff, and made magic. Our Valley family was young. We all grew together, with Mel as our leader. He was kind, caring and bright, with a great sense of humor. Everyone had such great respect for him. He was the type of boss that you never wanted to disappoint.
Our hearts ache for his beautiful family, for this great loss.
We thought this man would live forever. In all of our hearts, he will.

Susan Field

January 6, 2021

Mel was everything a teacher could hope for in a Principal. More importantly, he was a Real Person, a “Mensch”.....
Who offered his students and teachers :
Mel touched all of us, and we are better for having had him in our lives. He is, always will be, my Hero!

Pat Orner

January 6, 2021

Mel will be remembered forever by many as The Best Principal, for his supportive and encouraging way of leading teachers, not bossing us. His pride in our schools, and his good wit kept us wanting to do even more for students and families.
I also had the good fortune of working with Mel and the Rotary, designing the parade float signs for a few years, and, working with Mel and Kathy at the Davisville Church Special Needs event. His appreciative smile, Kathy’s added kind words, will certainly keep the warm spirit and memory of the Montanye family alive and with me forever. God Bless you all.

Lynne Blatt

January 6, 2021

I had the privilege of teaching at Valley Elementary School under the leadership of Mel. He taught us all to be better teachers and better people. I will always remember his quick wit and his special smile.

Beth Gentile

January 5, 2021

Our world is a poorer place with Mel gone. He inspired and mentored his staffs, was a valued colleague among his fellow principals and a role model of empathy and compassion for everyone he encountered. May he Rest In Peace.

Penny Dusak

January 5, 2021

I had the privilege of starting my teaching career under the capable leadership of Mel Montanye at Valley Elementary School during its' inception. We were all so young and green around the collar at that time but Mel, in his infinite wisdom, found a way to shape us into outstanding educators. He was supportive, caring, smiling, and always had kind words to share.

A memory that comes to mind was during the holidays when Mel would come around to the pods with the Cultural Arts teachers singing carols wearing a crazy knitted hat made with, of all things, beer cans! I know there must be a story behind that hat that I do not remember. He so enjoyed wearing it!

Mel was a devoted educator and mentor to many "Valley Girls" and Guys over the years but his family and his beautiful wife, Kathy, were the loves of his life. He was always proud of and spoke highly of his family.

I will always have fond memories of Mel and his life well-lived!

Penny Meyer Dusak

Charles Chapman

January 5, 2021

Mel, along with his beloved Kathy and her family, were at the heart of the ministry of Dotterer Memorial Baptist Church in Churchville. I had the privilege of being their pastor from 1976 until 1989. They served in many roles, including Mel teaching an adult Bible class.
In addition to Mel's strong faith, his calm and friendly personality
was evident. On a more personal note, his distance running inspired me to try it! Sadly, that ended when he became paralyzed and almost died. But his recovery and vision of how he could show Christ's love, even from a wheelchair, opened many doors for him, including the Joni and Friends ministry. Even with setbacks, his spirit remained strong and he touched many lives. Kathy was always at his side, cheering him on and loving him. Thank you Mel, for always helping others to see how much you can do when your help comes from the Lord!
Charles Chapman

Robert Dickinson

January 2, 2021

We have lost the best among us. So many memories of this wonderful man are shared by so many. Our work, our character, our everyday interactions were greatly influenced by Mel. His influence on us went way beyond our professional lives.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his family. We are all better people because of him.

Donna and Bob Dickinson

Kathleen KathleenPearce

December 31, 2020

With my deepest sympathy for a wonderful kind man. We shared many good memories when we work together at Valley school. He will be greatly missed And remembered. I will keep in my prayers

Frances Halpern

December 30, 2020

Mel was a wonderful principal. He was kind and generous. He was always the best. He was one of a kind. I will never forget him. He touched many lives. He made everything better. He will be missed.