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On Friday, November 23, 2012, Melvin Norman Vesely, of Cranberry Township and formerly of Baldwin Borough, died of lymphoma. Loving husband of the late Nancy Perry Vesely; beloved father of Carol Ann Vesely and Edward P. Vesely; and beloved grandfather of Shannon Vesely, Brian Farr and Paige Vesely. Mel was born on December 7, 1925 and was the second child of John and Agnes Vesely of Pittsburgh. The family, including older brother Edward, was active in Troy Hill Presbyterian Church. Melvin graduated from Oliver High School in 1943. He served in World War II (87th Infantry Division) and received a Purple Heart. After earning his BS and MS degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in 1951, Mel began a long and distinguished career in education at the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Mel combined his sense of humor with innovative teaching to inspire his math students at Herron Hill and Carrick High Schools. Later he served as an administrator and as principal at Overbrook Elementary School. Mel loved music, theater organ and the arts. In his golden years, Mel took up jogging and ran in the Pittsburgh marathon at age 63. In keeping with his motto "exercise is the magic pill", Mel continued to run in the Pittsburgh Great Race until age 85, when he came in second in his age group. At 86, he still claimed to be a "kid at heart". His sense of humor, optimism, inquisitive mind, generosity and zest for life were an inspiration to all who knew him. A Celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Sherwood Oaks Retirement Community, 100 Norman Drive, Cranberry Twp., PA 16066. Memorial contributions may be made to the or the Sherwood Oaks Scholarship Fund.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Dec. 3, 2012
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