Melanie Margetanski
Melanie 57, formerly of England, and beloved daughter of Jacqueline Margetanski, Chicago, transitioned suddenly on 4 April in the Netherlands. A precious and proud mother to Liam and Joseph, Netherlands, a loving sister to brothers Jamie, Thailand and Ray, England and Aunt and cousin to many in Pennsylvania. A loved and respected good friend, especially to lifelong school friends Kate and Collette, and to many others around the world through her travels and work at the United Nations tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Lebanon. Melanie was kind, loving, intelligent, funny, loyal, a beauty inside and out. A free and unique spirit who will be loved and missed by her family and all who knew her. The universe has lost a gentle soul. Sleep well our Angel. Your loving family.

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Apr. 17, 2021.
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I didn't know Melanie, but I can imagine what a beautiful spirit she must have been, and how much such a person meant to her family and friends. While many of us think about how we can make the world a better place, she was actively working to do so. I do know her mother, and my heart aches for her loss. I pray that time will bring healing to her and to all those who loved Melanie who are suffering through this time of terrible loss.
Virginia Greene
April 24, 2021
I never met your daughter but she had to be a special person to have been your daughter!
Our hearts grieve for your loss.
Peter May
Friend
April 24, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Petras Simkus
Friend
April 24, 2021
Aunt Jackie, Jamie, Ray, Liam and Joseph - my heart breaks for all of you. Not only was Melanie my cousin, she was my friend. She was a wonderful person who adored her family. Rest in peace dear cousin.....until we meet again!
Jill Collier
April 23, 2021
Sending you and your entire family our heartfelt sympathies on the sudden passing of sweet Melanie. May her smile and beautiful spirit remain in the hearts of her loved ones and the many lives she has touched forever. She will be dearly missed. May her mother Jackie, find peace and comfort from all of her friends and loved ones who care deeply about her during this difficult time.
Paul, Carol, Emma, Liam Richards
April 23, 2021
Dan and I wish to convey our deepest sympathy at the loss of Melanie. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. Talented, smart and so charming. So fortunate to have met her. We send our love and prayers to Liam, Joseph, Jackie, Jamie and Ray.
Joan & Dan Kociak
April 22, 2021
Jackie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember your stories of your family and how much you love them. I never met them but you made me feel like I knew them all. You have my thoughts and prayers,
Jim Kociak
April 22, 2021
My Dearest friend Jackie, there are no words to express my feelings, you are an extraordinary woman and therefore your daughter was too, I know her life journey was cut short, but her internal and external beauty will remain impregnated in this life forever. My deepest condolences to you and your family. And thousands of blessings for you, your children and grandchildren. With all my love, a forever friend.
Dora Guel
April 22, 2021
To my dear friend Jackie and her family, my heart is broken for your loss of your beautiful Melanie.. From all Jackie’s stories I’ve come to love your family!! All our love Doc, Jennifer and Maggie ❤❤
Jennifer Gnap
April 22, 2021
Jackie, I just learned tonight of Melanie´s passing...we are so sorry for your loss. I loved hearing the stories of your family after we tucked my mom in bed. Many prayers sending your way.
Heather McCullough
April 22, 2021
I'm so saddened to hear of Melanie's passing. I've been a long time friend of her mother who is the kindest person I've ever met. Jackie has shared many stories throughout the years. Thoughts and prayers to her mother, brother and sons.
Maribeth
April 21, 2021
Dear Jackie, My family and I are deeply saddened and very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your entire family are in our prayers, thoughts, and hearts. We love you, Love Paul Gnap and the Gnap Family
Paul Gnap and the Gnap Family
April 20, 2021
My deepest condolences & hope on seeing you soon, Richard
Richard Gessner
April 20, 2021
Mi más querida amiga Jackie, mis oraciones siguen contigo desde que supe de la pérdida de tu hija. Se que no hay palabras para reconfortante , mi más sentido pésame. Mil bendiciones para ti y tu familia, te quiero mucho y siempre estaré para ti.
Dora Guel
April 19, 2021
I had the pleasure of meeting Melanie and her sons, Liam and Joseph, several years ago here in th USA. They were a joy to talk to and we had a wonderful time. They were so welcoming to me as Grand Mama"s friend. Love and kindness was Melanie's life, her legacy to her sons, and a gift to all of us who knew her. What a beautiful way to be remembered.
Ben and Patricia Sherpetis
April 19, 2021
Our heart goes out to you dear Jackie. Melanie was beautiful inside & out. We recall how lovingly you spoke of your dear daughter and her family and the children. Our heart breaks- God bless you and your family- -Prayers-
Sara & Steve Grassi
April 18, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to the family. 57 is far too young to pass.
George Pollack
April 18, 2021
My sympathy goes out to Your family. I spoke to Melani only a couple times but could tell she was a loving and special person.
Dorothy Zivich
April 18, 2021
My sincerest condolences to my neighbor Jackie and her family. RIH Melanie.
Virgil Wilson
April 17, 2021
To our Dear Friend Jackie,
Our hearts are broken over your devastating loss. Words cannot heal your pain, but know that we are here for you in spirit and in person. Although we did not know your sweet Melanie, we see how much she has done in her life as a deep reflection of you and how dearly she will be missed. Our love goes out to you and your grandson, family and friends. God Bless...
Bethanne Lode & Terry Mahaffay
Friend
April 17, 2021
We offer our sympathy to Jamie and Ray and Liam and Joseph. The loss of your sister and beloved mother is overwhelming. As friends of your mother and grandmother we too feel your pain. We know from the beautiful moments she has shared with us we also feel your heartache. May you find peace within and know we will continue to pray for all of your family.
Rick and Bernadette Orr
April 17, 2021
Our hearts are broken for you. Your daughter truly was and will always be the light of your life. She is a beacon of hope, charity and love that has left this world.
Rick and Bernadette Orr
April 17, 2021
Our deepest sympathy and peace to all her mother, sons, family and friends.
Macnamaras
April 14, 2021
Our hearts are broken. Prayers and love to the family.
Sandy globke
April 11, 2021