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40, died on February 24, 2013. Melissa was a devoted mother to her three daughters, a dedicated wife, an adored daughter, a precious sister, and a true friend. With her gentle and generous spirit, she was a brave fighter and a compassionate crusader for thoughtful medical care for others. Melissa graduated from Duquesne University with her Bachelor's Degree and her Master's Degree in medical ethics. She worked tirelessly as a Patient Advocate and as a Director of Patient Relations for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian, counseling critical care patients and their families with boundless enthusiasm and deep empathy. In her professional and personal lives, she touched everyone she met with her unforgettable and enduring sincerity, empathy, strength, grace, and sense of humor. Melissa is survived by her treasured parents and best friends, James Nicholas and Marianne Frances Kratsa; and by her loyal brother, Eric Alan Kratsa. She was preceded in death by her profoundly cherished sister, Kara Lynn Kratsa, whom Melissa closely cared for during Kara's final months in 2008. By far her greatest accomplishment in life was the family she created with her beloved husband, Kevin Leonard Orie, in whose eyes she was an angel, and their three precious daughters, Ava Katarina Orie, 6, Kara Lynn Orie, 4, and Alexa Katerina Orie, 2, all of Pittsburgh, PA. Melissa and Kevin brought three beautiful souls into the world - the three great loves of their lifetimes - and nurtured them into the exceptional children they are today. In lieu of flowers, Melissa suggested that donations in her memory be made to Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, Pittsburgh, PA 15215. The Memorial Service will be private.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2013
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