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Melissa Joy Lewis

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Succumbed to the ravages of mental illness and passed on November 17, 2011 at the age of 38. Preceded in death by grandparents Jerry and Lillie Lewis, step-father John Roszak. She is survived by father Alfonso Lewis, mother Linda Roszak, sister Jessica Lewis, grandparents Clarence and Isabelle Rhode, step-sisters Caroline Thompson and Katie Meltzer, aunt and uncle Shari and Mark Rhode, aunt Jean Rhode, cousins Andrew and Mat Rhode and many loving members of the Lewis, Rhode and Roszak families and dear friends. Melissa was born on April 27, 1973 in Minneapolis. She loved music and art from an early age. We marveled at her creativity and imagination. With her violin in hand, she was a member of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, orchestra at Minnehaha Academy and a chamber group at Carleton College. In her drawings she tried to capture the bold color and intensity of a Frieda Kahlo piece. Melissa was gentle and caring, with a playful streak. She was loved. A private service was held on November 26. A celebration of her life will take place in late April. Memorials preferred to People Inc., 317 York, St. Paul 55130.

Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 27, 2011
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