Melanie D. Walicki, age 51, of Pentwater, went to her heavenly home on June 25, 2021. She was born February 24, 1970 in Frankfort, Michigan to Lewis "Lyndon" Kirby and Pamela (Updyke) Kirby.
Melanie lived in Frankfort and Sterling Heights briefly before growing up in Pentwater. She was a 1988 graduate of Pentwater High School. She married Thomas Walicki on May 13, 1989. Melanie was a member of First Baptist Church in Hart. She was a dispatcher for Mason-Oceana 911 for sixteen years before going back to school and earning her R.N. degree. She never gave up on her dream of being a nurse, which took her twenty-five years to achieve. She was employed at Spectrum Memorial Medical Center in Ludington before working at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility. Wherever she worked, Melanie enjoyed creating a connection with her co-workers.
She loved being with her grandkids. She enjoyed the Upper Peninsula, cooking and sunsets. Most recently, she enjoyed spending time on the boat that she and Tom purchased. She enjoyed her time on the water and even in the water in spite of not being the strongest swimmer prior to acquiring the boat. Something that truly defined her giving spirit took place when she volunteered to be on a bone marrow donor list in 1988 and donated marrow to a twelve year old boy a few years later. During this time she had health complications from the procedure and was told she could stop, but chose to forge on with the donation while risking her own health.
Melanie is survived by her husband, Tom; her children, Andrew Walicki, Meghan (Robert) Greiner, Matthew Walicki and Amanda Walicki; her mother, Pamela Kirby; her grandchildren, Destiny, Jacob, Emma, Nicholas, Ember, Elliott and Amaya; her siblings, Holly (Robert) Rought, Shannon (Kraig) Genter and Paul (Lori) Kirby; nieces and nephews, Brendan, Morgan, Abbi, Caleb, Luke, Claire and Alice; and many other relatives on Tom's side of the family. She was preceded in death by her father, Lewis "Lyndon" Kirby and her parents-in-law.
Visitation for Melanie will be held Wednesday, June 30th, 6-8 pm at First Baptist Church in Hart. Visitation will continue on Thursday, July 1st from 10 am until the funeral service at 11 am also at the church. Interment will be in Pentwater Township Cemetery following the funeral luncheon. Please consider either Covenant Christian School, 2980 W. U.S. 10, Ludington, MI 49431 or Oceana Christian School, 3258 N. 72nd Avenue, Hart, MI 49420 as a memorial.
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