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Marion Charvat Melody

November 21, 1933- October 09, 2020

  • Obituary

    Melody, Marion Charvat of Riverview. October 9, 2020. Age 86.

    Marion passed peacefully surrounded by her family. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Otto Charvat and Mary Palus in 1933. Marion was the loving mother of Colleen Marie (David) Ford, Timothy Kevin Melody and the late Patrick John Melody. Proud grandmother of Courtney Ford, Ryan Ford and Brendan Melody.

    Marion loved to travel around the world and had a deep appreciation for the arts, music and culture. She truly lived a life of adventures and always had a story to tell. She graduated from The University of Michigan in 1956 and from there received masters degrees from Eastern Michigan University, Northern Illinois University and Wayne State University. Marion retired from Trenton High School after 33 years of teaching physical education. After her retirement, Marion joined the Peace Corps and spent three years in Botswana, Africa teaching art to the village children. She continued to send clothing and books for many years after she had left the village.

    Marion's true passion was art. She was a part of many art and philanthropic organizations such as Reckless Prophets, Women's Caucus for Art, Downriver Council for the Arts, American Red Cross and participated in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk until she was 75!

    A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at St. Cyprian Catholic
    Church and River's Edge Art Gallery from 2-6 PM.

Memorial Service

Saturday, November 21, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

St. Cyprian Catholic Church

13249 Pennsylvania,Riverview Mi , US, 48193

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, November 21, 2020
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Rivers Edge Gallery

3024 Biddle Avenue, Wyandotte, MI 48192

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Immediate Cremation

0 Replies to “Marion Charvat Melody”

  1. JS

    Marion was always an inspiration for me when we taught together at Trenton High School. She had such a broad awareness of and appreciation for the world, and her stories of the Peace Corps were very moving. She was also an artist known for her work with handmade papers: https://www.artprize.org/marion-melody# She still is my example of how we can choose to expand our awareness and creativity and concern beyond the limits of our own geography. Now she is part of the earth she loved so much.

    Julia Strimer

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