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Elizabeth M. Melcher

Elizabeth M. Melcher


Elizabeth M. Melcher

GRIFFITH, IN — Elizabeth M. Melcher, 99, of Griffith, passed away peacefully Friday, September 11, 2020.

Born August 13, 1921, as part of the Greatest Generation, she has lived through the Roaring '20s, Great Depression, polio epidemic, World War II and COVID-19.

Preceded in death by loving husband of 52 years, Raymond W. Melcher; grandson, Mark A. Merrifield; sisters, Mary (Cline) Pettit and Norma (Bill) Goins; parents, Lena (nee Marchand) and Hiram Hizer; and dear friends, John and Ann Hajduch.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Art) Merrifield, Lila Melcher and Cindy (Mike) Lax; grandchildren (Late) Mark Merrifield, Cheryl Merrifield, Crystal (Jason) Poling, Carrie (Matt) Bunkowske, Nicole (Nate) Larrabee, Wiyan and Kayden Lax; great-grandchildren: Blake and Reece Merrifield Sharp, Levi and Luke Poling, Chaucer and Zander Larrabee and Alvin Bunkowske; brother, Bob (Eleanor) Peterson; and sister, Marjorie (John) Gullans; dear friend, Yogi Suroviak; and devoted helpers, Melissa Rothchild and chosen great-granddaughter, Bella Cogley.

She received the coveted Ted Sailor Humanitarian Award for her strong advocacy and countless volunteer efforts for our special needs community. She served on the Board of Directors of LARC in Lansing, IL, and was a member of the Mother's Club. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and in her earlier years sang in the choir at Hammond Methodist Church. She worked at the election polls.

Her greatest joy in life was her family and friends. Her loving personality endeared her to everyone!

Funeral services will be held on Thursday September 17, 2020, at 10:00 AM at WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 921 W. Glen Park Ave. (45th Ave) Griffith with the Rev. Ken Puent officiating. Burial to follow at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville. Friends may meet with the family on Wednesday September 16, 2020, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at WHITE FUNERAL HOME.

For more information please contact WHITE FUNERAL HOME at (219) 924-4100 or visit us at

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