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Melody M. Derleth

June 1, 1935 - August 14, 2021

Melody Margaret Derleth, 86, passed away peacefully in her family home on Walnut St. in Beaver Dam on August 14, 2021. Melody was born June 1, 1935, the daughter of Henry H. Derleth and Violet Van Sant Derleth in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She attended grade school in Fox Lake, Horicon, and Beaver Dam and graduatedContinue Reading

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sandie campbell left a message on August 27, 2021:
Melody was a wonderful friend to my mom, Jo Bleick. They worked together many years but their friendship went beyond work. My mom passed 18 months ago. They were special duo and we send our condolences to Linda and Frank, My mom loved seeing you both on her visits. God Bless. Sandie Campbell
Eric Haralson left a message on August 26, 2021:
"Miss Derleth" was my homeroom teacher in junior high, and I believe she was new, so we kids didn't know who or what we were getting. It soon became clear we were the luckiest kids of all. She was always on our side, a true guide and friend, but also tough enough (firm but fair) to call us out if need be (no pushover ever!). But mostly she instructed and "mentored" us just by being herself, namely warm, humorous (she loved teasing), and really cool. We loved Miss Derleth completely. She once told everyone she had to miss the Cornstalk Carnival, "sorry, you kids have fun"--and we all bought her story. Then at the Carnival this garish clown kept circulating and greeting us all by name in a deep voice (spooky), and absolutely nobody guessed that it was she, Miss Derleth--a great disguise and prank! She also took a few of us down to the Rathskeller of the UW Union so we could see what college students looked like ("behave yourselves now"--she added). What a generous treat on her part! For a good number of years afterward, my mother who'd taken a shine to Mel/Melody invited her regularly for dinner, so I was very fortunate to keep our friendship alive. I'd stop in to catch up in Beaver Dam whenever headed to family in Green Bay--very good times. She and I also took in some UW football games together, too, and she was a pro with her football-watching gear, warm and comfy and roaring for the Badgers. Talking all the time about other stuff, too--a person with so much curiosity, knowledge, kindness (a gentle listener and easy laugher), whose company was always full of fun and spirit and thoughtful give-and-take. She was a teacher after all!--and I love her still. God bless you, Mel!
Todd & Beth Ehlenfeldt left a message on August 24, 2021:
Mel was a special lady, a family friend for many years. Always a treat to see her on the golf course. Our sympathies to her family.
Buck Denzer left a message on August 21, 2021:
Linda - so sorry for your loss.. take care and Got bless
David Merle Wuesthoff left a message on August 20, 2021:
Hank and the Derleth family, I'm so sorry for your loss. She was one of my favorite ladies to talk to. She will be sadly missed by many and all. She was a fantastic lady and I will miss her. Merle Wuesthoff
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Kathy Woock left a message on August 20, 2021:
Melody was a great person, thought of others. I worked at voelkers steak house and she was a great customer. She will be greatly missed.
heather hussli left a message on August 19, 2021:
Aunt Mel you made such a tremendous impact on my life in ways you'll never know. I know how blessed I was to have you as a role model and guide throughout my life. You were like my second mom growing up and I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with you making Christmas candies, golfing, going to sporting events but most of all showing me the true meaning of family! You were an amazing human being who touched so many people's lives...I love you and now you are with my mom and sister at peace! Aunt LInda thank you for being there for her all of these years your tireless devotion was a true gift to Aunt Mel...Love you forever Heather
RC Campbell left a message on August 18, 2021:
The best neighbors a person could have. God bless all the Derleths. Luv ya Linda!
Bruce Winning left a message on August 18, 2021:
What a great Lady , sure will be missed. our prayers are with her family RIP.
Bruce Tish Winning
Culpeper, Virginia
Koepsell Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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