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Life Story / Obituary


Darlene M. Melching, age 77 of Mendon Michigan, died peacefully on January 16, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. Darlene was born on July 3, 1940, in Kalamazoo Michigan, the daughter of Allen and Margaret (Borton) Carlson.

In 1958, Darlene married the love of her life, Carl W. Melching. Eventually the couple settled in Vicksburg Michigan, where she was a homemaker and stay at home mom to their four children; Mark, Brian, Karl and Leslie.

Darlene loved her family and was known by many nieces and nephews as “Aunt Dee”. With a feisty sense of humor she was a favorite Aunt to many of them. Although she loved being Aunt Dee, it did not compare to being Grammy! Her eight grandchildren and one great grandchild brought much joy and laughter to her life. She was in awe of them and would tell everyone “what good kids they are”.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mark Melching in 1981; a granddaughter, Amber Melching in 2011; and her six siblings. She is survived by her three children; Brian and Karl Melching both of Mendon and Leslie (Tim) Kudary of Vicksburg. Also surviving, her grandchildren; Michael, Courtney and Mark Melching, Cooper, Caleb and Carlie Kudary, Brooke Leonard and Brad VandenAkker; and a great grandson, Carter.

Darlene requested a private burial in Genesee Prairie Cemetery at a later date and for her family and friends to truly celebrate her life when the weather warms up. Celebration of life details will be announced later.

Please visit Darlene’s webpage at www.lifestorynet.com where you can read her obituary, sign the guestbook, and share a memory. Those who wish may make contributions to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan.

The family would like to thank Hospice care of Southwest Michigan for your wonderful care and support in these last few months.