July 3, 1940 – June 20, 2020
Melissa deCastro wife of the late Julian Edmund deCastro Jr., mother of Alicia (Ed) Kwietniewski , Capt. Samuel Fletcher (Jill) deCastro USN and the late Julian Edmund deCastro III. Grandmother to Eddie, Anna, Ben, Annie and Elliot. Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Daughter of the late Ruth and Daniel Sullivan. Sister of Alice Dillon and the late Barbara Cass, and Landers Sullivan . Melissa was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She grew up on Lexington Avenue and bought a house with her husband 3 doors down from her childhood home, where she lived until 2017. She graduated high school from the Buffalo Seminary. Later, she worked as a secretary at the Trubee Collins brokerage firm from 1961 to 1963. After taking some time to have a family, she felt a desire to go to school. At age 30, in 1970, she started classes at Rosary Hill to become a reading teacher. She Graduated in 1974 and immediately went on to earn a masters degree at Buffalo State College. She became a Buffalo Public Schools Teacher in 1976 and retired in 1999. She deeply loved Buffalo and spent her career giving back to the youth of the city through her teaching. She was descended from Pascal Paoli Pratt, founder of the Manufacturers and Traders (M&T) Bank, President of the Buffalo Seminary for 20 years, and nephew of Hiram Pratt, one of the first mayors of the city of Buffalo. Melissa's great aunt was Katherine Pratt Horton, who ran the Buffalo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Melissa loved her friends and kept in touch with many from childhood her entire life. She loved her book clubs and spending time in the Thousand Islands in summertime. She loved to laugh and had a wonderful sense of humor. There will be no prior visitations. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at TIME at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Buffalo. Please assemble at the church. Flowers gratefully declined. Online condolences may be shared at www.hoyfuneralhome.com
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June 27, 2020
We remember Melissa from Cathedral School and growing up in our neighborhood. We five guys meet every Sunday and have fond memories of growing up the area. We discuss things great and small and that included our fondness for Melissa. Over the years we even discussed inviting Melissa to one of our gatherings but it never happened. Anyway, we have followed her family and we miss her. She was a lovely woman. We hope God will sustain you in your loss.
Tim Drury from Lexington Ave.
Kevin Brinkworth from W. Utica
Pascal Pratt from W.Utica ( a cousin)
Fred McNeela from Anderson Place
Pat Smith from Anderson Place
June 26, 2020
Farewell and Godspeed, Melissa.
June 25, 2020
Very sad to read this. Melissa's parents, the Sullivans, were our family's next-door neighbors on Lexington Av. (Buffalo) for some years, and when my brother and I used to double-date, Melissa was his partner.
My condolences to her wonderful family.
And an odd P.S.: when a business moved my wife and I to Lexington, Kentucky, who should live across the street (Montavesta) but Melissa's brother-in-law, Pete deCastro.
- Fred Cooley
June 24, 2020
When I remember Aunt Melissa I think of family gatherings at Gramma and Grampa Sullivan's house on Lexington Avenue in Buffalo. My oldest memory of her is laughing in the sunlit stone room at Easter time when she was still living at home before she married Uncle Jed. She was beautiful and smart and funny... and like all of the Sullivan women she had a natural, down to earth, effortless, elegant and charming way about her.
Rest peacefully, Aunt Melissa.
Love to Alicia, Sam, Aunt Alice and the rest of our family,