Michael J. Meloche

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August 1, 1944 - December 16, 2012

Michael J. Meloche passed peacefully from this life, at home, early in the morning of December 16, 2012 after fighting a valiant, yearlong battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Maureen (nee Desmond) and their three children, Kristin Sagedy (Rob), Joseph Meloche (Ann Marie) and Terry Meloche (Denille). He is also survived by his nine loving grandchildren, Ryan Sagedy, Abigail Meloche, Madeline Meloche, Shannon Meloche, Grace Meloche, Andrew Sagedy, Bridget Meloche, Michael Sagedy, and Kelly Meloche. Mike was predeceased by his first grandchild, Katie Sagedy.

Mike is survived by his two brothers-in-law and their families: Jack and Maryann Desmond (Kimberly Desmond, Tara and Bill Lenz, and Shaun and Nikki Desmond) and Neil and Geri Desmond (Jessie Desmond, Carrie and Gary Lauck, Erin Desmond, and Tracy Desmond and Kevin Zumbrum).

He is survived by his six brothers and sisters and their families: Norma Peters (Dick), Dolores Chamley (Tom), Margaret Easa, Tony Meloche (Susan), James Meloche (Brenda), and Robert Meloche (Pam Burkholder), and their children. Mike is also survived by a host of friends and colleagues from his life.

Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan to Norman and Anna Jean Meloche, who both predeceased him. He was an industrious and driven man, with a heart and a generosity that surpassed even his large physical stature. He was the product of an Oblate education, graduating from Salesian High School in Detroit prior to living in community as a Brother in the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. The majority of his professional career was spent with Detroit Diesel, in one of its many incarnations - beginning by working on the line in the plant making engines and finishing his tenure as a regional service manager. For a time he worked for Carey's Diesel in Leipsic, Delaware, the American Public Transit Authority (APTA) in Washington, DC, for MCI (Motor Coach Industries) and finally for Espar. During his career he traveled to all forty-eight of the contiguous states, able to navigate highways and areas in all of them.

Beyond his love for his family, Mike's other great love was the great outdoors. Some of the happiest times of his life were spent on a dock or a beach or boat fishing, or in the woods hunting for deer and pheasant or on the water hunting for ducks and geese. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mike retired to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware in 2009 to a home that he loved and shared with Maureen. Together they established a loving and welcoming environment. He was happiest when his home was filled with his grandchildren. He knew about their concerts and games, their classes and their grades, and through the past few months lived to hear about their successes.

The family will receive friends and relatives at St. Edmond Catholic Church, 409 King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware beginning at 10 AM on Thursday, December 20, 2012. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated immediately following the visitation, beginning at 11:00 AM. Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Mike's memory to Hope With Heart, PO Box 737, Harriman, New York 10926 or to Delaware Hospice, Inc., 911 South DuPont Highway, Dover, Delaware 19901.

Please visit Mr. Meloche's Life Memorial and sign the online guest registry at

www.parsellfuneralhomes.com

Published in The News Journal on Dec. 18, 2012
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