Melanie Jane Handke was born on December 15, 1957, at Crawford County Hospital in Denison, Iowa to Ed and Ila (Siglin) Handke. Melanie was baptized and confirmed at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Dunlap, Iowa. Melanie graduated from Dunlap High School in 1976 and married Dan Vandemark on October 15, 1976. The couple was blessed with three children; Scott, Laurie, and Danielle.
Melanie moved to South Sioux City, Nebraska where she worked for the Gateway 2000 Computer Company. During this time, Melanie started developing health issues. She moved to Omaha to work for Mutual of Omaha Company feeling she could get better medical care. However, Melanie's health continued to deteriorate and she was soon put on permanent disability. She continued to struggle with increasing health problems for the next 15 years until she finally lost the battle.
Melanie passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Josie Harper Residence Hospice House in Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 57 years, eight months, and 18 days.
Melanie was preceded in death by her grandparents. She is survived by her son, Scott Vandemark and his wife Casi of Woodbine, Iowa, two daughters, Laurie and her husband Brian Doyle of Louisdale Nova Scotia, Canada, and Danielle Vandemark of Logan, Iowa; two grandsons, Devin and Noah; mother, Ila Handke of Glenwood, Iowa; father, Edward Handke of Wall Lake, Iowa; three sisters, Kayleen Stessman of Tampa, Florida, Ellen and her husband Larry Davis of La Combe, Louisiana, and Jodi Majorek of Charlotte, North Carolina; as well as various aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Melanie will be forever in our hearts.
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