Melvin J. Odachowski
1938 - 2020
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Melvin J. Odachowski

Ocean City - Melvin J. Odachowski ( MO'S )was born February 8, 1938 and joined his brothers and sisters in heaven on Oct 19th2020 where we are sure there is one heck of a Family Polish Party going on. Mel fought the ultimate fight against Parkinson's for the last 32 years and his commitment to life was just amazing. Beloved husband of 58 years to Mary Ruth Greenwell Odachowski, loving father and role model to his three children and their spouses, the late Monica Rae Murphy, Matthew Odachowski, wife Denise and Mark Odachowski ,wife Alysha. Mel was a religious man and blessed with 7 grandchildren (Lyndsey, Tyler, Reid, Jett, Sean, Amber and Vanessa) and they all made him proud. Mel grew up with a large family and was preceded in death by his parents Walter and Stephanie along with his siblings Walter, Florian (Reds), Richard, Leon, Eddie O , Regina, Sister Mary Ester, Delores and Matilda (Tillie). They are now all together and they are all missed and thought of often.

Mel retired from Mergenthaler Vocation School in Baltimore City as a school teacher and his passion was his "work hard "mentality. His belief was you must work hard and be committed in order to succeed and prosper. Mel was liked by anyone that met him and many times thought he was a comedian. His numerous business cards such as "Grumpy (with side marks) , "Can't Sleep -Constipated" and "Here is my card, not worth anything but it is FREE" made us all laugh. His love of family, his laughter and over all character are already missed.

A private service will be held Thursday October 22nd and when COVID 19 is under control we will have a celebration of life reunion with no masks.

The family asks that you "Do it for Mel" - Please don't send flowers, help someone struggling and pay it forward such as larger "Tip " to a waiter/waitress and write on it " I did it for Mel". Please post on Facebook (SBYNEWS) anything you did to make a positive difference….."I did it for Mel" He was our "ROCK "and will be forever missed! If you wish to pay tribute to Mel, please share and pay it forward. If you post on social media -please use the hashtag #IdiditforMel. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Letters of condolence may be sent via:

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Published in The Daily Times from Oct. 21 to Oct. 22, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
The Warfield Family
November 14, 2020
Dear Mary and family, I am so sorry to hear about Mel's passing. Please know that Maria, Joe, Jr. and I are sorry for your loss. May he RIP. Many happy, good memories from Anthony Ave.
Anne Diguardo
October 30, 2020
Dear mark and Mary
Sorry for your lost Mel will b in our pray
Michaelene Kaminski
October 29, 2020
Dear Odachowski Family Members,
Laura and I and our entire Jenkins family wish to express our sincere condolences for the passing of your Father.
Buddy & Laura Jenkins
Buddy Jenkins
October 27, 2020
Mary & Family,
I taught with Mel at Mervo for many years. I was so sorry to hear about his passing. Mel was a great guy, an excellent teacher and role model to his students, and a Mervo legend. It was an honor to know him, and be assured he helped hundreds of students not only learn about printing, but they also learned about the value of hard work and the importance of respect for others. I extend my deepest sympathy.

In memory of Mel, I made Halloween treat bags for the faculty at the school where I have volunteered—St. Francis of Assisi.

With sympathy & friendship,
Bonnie Russo (Social Studies, Mervo, 1970-2002)
Bonnie Russo
October 24, 2020
I have the BEST childhood memories of growing up across the street from you on Anthony Ave.!! Such wonderful times. I'm so very sorry to hear about Mel's passing. Prayers and Hugs
God Bless you,
JoAnn Dannemann Huebler
JoAnn Huebler
October 24, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to you, Mark, and to your entire Family. Your Father’s final tribute here was so filled with love and laughter.
Walter & Doreen Brewer
October 23, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Pete and Lin, Salt Life residents
Peter Barry
October 22, 2020
Mary -- I was very sorry to read about Mel's passing. You may not remember me, but some 40-odd years ago I bought your house on Anthony Avenue. Mary Filar and I have remained in contact in through the years and she always told me when she would get together with you guys when she was in Ocean City, and she told me about his Parkinson's. My condolences to you and your family.
Pat Blackwell
October 22, 2020
Mel and I taught together at Mervo and I went to school with his brother Richard. Mel was always the life of a party , especially at my 50th birthday, where he roasted me good. I enjoyed the times that the Mervo crowd would get together, with Mel and Mary . GOD BLESS MEL.
October 21, 2020
Jason Ortt
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