Melanie J. Lanc
1942 - 2020
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Middletown, NY
Melanie J. Lanc
August 31, 1942 - April 4, 2020
Circleville, NY
Melanie J. Lanc, a retired longtime Village Clerk and Treasurer for the Village of Washingtonville, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2020 surrounded by her family at her home in beautiful surroundings. She was 77 years old. The daughter of Melvin and Ann Hannema Cox, she was born in Goshen, August 31, 1942. Melanie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Melanie and John were married on the grounds of the Mohonk Mountain House on June 2, 1989 and returned there every year to celebrate their anniversary. One of Melanie's greatest pleasures was travelling the world. However, her most favored vacation was camping and canoeing in the wilderness of the Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada, portaging from one lake to another, enjoying the sights and sounds of loons and moose. She also loved sailing and scuba diving in Caribbean Sea, skiing, working and gardening around her home. She loved the holidays; the house would be decorated for all of them. And especially loved celebrating them with family and friends. The more the merrier. Her holidays were full of laughter and love. On Melanie's necklace was her motto "Live, Love, Laugh" and she lived by that. She experienced life to the fullest, sharing her joy with others and travelling with friends. Melanie was described as a kind, happy, energetic person, always willing to lend a helping hand, a positive influence, a mentor, an inspiration to many people, a breath of fresh air, making a huge difference in many lives. She will be missed.
Melanie was a member of the Lenten Sewing Club supporting the pediatric unit of Horton Hospital, a life member of the Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, a life member and past president of The Middletown Garden Lovers' Club, a member of the Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer and a gardening volunteer on Bannerman Island for 13 years.
Survivors include her loving husband, John; daughter, Christine Nelson of Walden, NY; son, Donald Roberts, Jr. of Cornwall, NY; stepdaughter, Zorka Lancova of Czech Republic; stepson, John R. Lanc of Dingmans Ferry, PA; daughter-in-law, Arlene Ruggiero of New Windsor, NY; grandsons, Nicholas H. Nelson, Dylan H. Roberts, Dan Kucera; granddaughter, Heather L. Blair; great grandchildren, Colby and Grady Blair; sisters, Cheryl Schuck of Richmond, IN, Nancy Brown of Wilmington, NC; sister-in-law, Irena Griffin of Montgomery, TX; nephews, Jeffery Cramer of Branson, MO, Daniel and James Leahy of Washingtonville, NY; niece, Rita Lewis of Greensfork, IN; cousins, Phillip Haakmester of Middletown, NY, Mary Lou Cortright of Seaside, CA, Kristen LaPointe of Otego, NY and many friends.
A gathering of family and friends will be held in the summertime when the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and we can celebrate Melanie's life that made such a huge difference to so many people.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer (CROC), PO Box 860, New Hampton, NY 10958.
Arrangements have been made under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.,
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Bonnie Bale
April 21, 2020
Such a wonderful friend, mother, grandmother and wife. I will miss her and her loving ways and easy smile. Rest in peace my friend.
Bonnie Bale
April 21, 2020
Rest in Peace Melanie. Our families share many good memories. Wishing God's peace to all. Elsa Gerow Cameron
Elsa Cameron
April 14, 2020
We had fun handling out water bottles on the
Crocs race in Rock Hill. Miss her greatly. Selby
April 12, 2020
John and family,
So sorry about your loss. Her energy and spirit will always be remembered.
Jim Loughran
April 12, 2020
I am so sorry to read of Melanie's passing. She was a lovely person with a beautiful smile. My thoughts and prayers to her family.
Gail Swalm
April 11, 2020
So sorry to hear this about your wonderful mom, wife and grandmother.
especially during this time, but I'm sure all her wonderful memories will give you such comfort during this time. Sending virtual hugs. Ps She is beautiful!
April 11, 2020
I'm so sorry to learn of Melanies passing. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. Prayers for John and family. May she Rest In Peace.
Barbara Cosgrove
April 11, 2020
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