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Melissa Ann Protz

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Melissa Ann Protz

Age 33 of Seattle, Washington, died July 16, 2014 in a sailboat accident.

Melissa is the beloved daughter of John & Joyce (Schneider) Protz of Port Charlotte, FL. Born May 7, 1981, in Manitowoc Wisconsin, she attended Roncalli High School graduating in 1999. Melissa attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for two years where she was a member of the tennis team. In order to pursue her passion for Marine Biology, she transferred to James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, Australia where she graduated with honors in 2003. She then moved and began her career at the Dolphin Research Center, studying dolphin behavior, in Melbourne, Australia. To be closer to family, Melissa moved to Denver, CO enrolling in veterinary school at Bel-Ray Institute. During her studies, Melissa interned with the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL and graduated with honors as a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2005. In 2009, Melissa moved to Portland, OR and worked as an educational youth coordinator at the Portland Zoo, where she fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. In 2011, Melissa moved to Seattle, WA to be close to family and pursue a degree in teaching. She enrolled at Seattle University and graduated with a master's degree, highest honors in 2012. She accepted a position as a sixth and seventh grade biology teacher at Assumption Saint Bridget School in Seattle. Her joy for teaching showed and was "always about the kids." Whether she was taking sea water from the ocean or keeping tomorrow's experiment in the staff refrigerator, her main goal was bringing science to her students. Melissa's concern for the environment, extended far beyond the classroom. Her sense of adventure took her around the world. Her passion for the outdoors showed in all that she did - from hiking, camping, downhill skiing, scuba diving, biking, boating, backpacking, sailing, to countless road-trips. Her dog, Bodie, accompanied her on many of her travels - they were the perfect pair. Melissa was a selflessly engaged and influential daughter, sister, cousin, godmother, and friend. She gave thoughtful gifts and knew those in her life well. Even more so, her relationship with others was the greatest gift anyone could give, and she did it best. She saw the best in people, and because of this, was able to have deep and giving relationships with those in her life. Her love for her nieces and nephew and the impact in their daily lives was full of grace, sacredness, and has forever drawn them closer to God in an immense way.

Survivors include: her parents: John and Joyce; brother and sister-in-law: Matthew and Mary Elizabeth (Rudolph) Protz; beloved companion: Bodie, grandmother: Jane Protz; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family requests donations be made to: The Melissa Protz Scholarship Fund, Assumption Saint Bridget School, 6220 32nd Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115.

A memorial Mass for Melissa will be held at 10:00 AM at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 732 18th Avenue East, Seattle, WA. on Monday, July 28, 2014.

With love, the family sends a special thank you to Melissa's surrogate family, James II & Shannon Schneider, their children Lucia, Clara, god-daughter Marianna & James III of Seattle. Their love and care for Melissa was a true blessing.

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