Elizabeth “Betty” Juanita (Heiny) Melvin


Elizabeth “Betty” Juanita (Heiny) Melvin, age 87, of Kendallville, died Monday, May 18, 2015, at Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.

She was born in Indianapolis on Jan. 12, 1928, to Leo Heiny Sr. and Helen Marie (Behymer) Heiny.

Mrs. Melvin graduated from Warren Central High School in 1946.

She most recently worked for Major Engineering in Greenwood until retiring 2006.

She was a member of the Community Congregational Church in Franklin.

Mrs. Melvin was a lifelong Indiana resident, spending the last year and a half at the Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.

She was a devoted mother, meticulous bookkeeper, excellent seamstress, euchre player, and had mastered the pressure cooker for all of her meals. Most importantly there will be no more confusion and all her memories have returned; we will forever miss our sweet Mom.

Survivors include her daughters, Teresa “Terry” (David) Laur of Kendallville and Karen (John) Kolodzej of Nashville, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Christopher and Allison Pozezanac of Raleigh, North Carolina, Jennifer and Charles Mavis of Avon, Anna Elizabeth Kolodzej and Michael Kolodzej, both of Chicago; three great-grandchildren, Mason Mavis, Megan Mavis and Morgan Mavis, all of Avon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hite Funeral Home, 403 S. Main St., Kendallville. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Washington Park East Cemetery, 10612 E. Washington St., Indianapolis.  Officiating the funeral service will be the Rev. Dan McLaughlin. Burial will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Preferred memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240 and Riley Hospital for Children, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.