She as a 1953 graduate of Buchtel High School, Akron, and a 1957 graduate of Ohio University, where she earned her BA in Elementary Education. She was active in the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, and Ohio U, where she met and married her husband, Donald W. Santee. She went on to teach kindergarten in the Wadsworth Public Schools.
Melva was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was described by friends and family as energetic, thoughtful, kind, chatty, and a fun loving, witty red head.
Her greatest joy was raising her three children and was most proud of her grandchildren and grand dogs. Melva enjoyed reading, shopping, traveling, entertaining and spending time with family and friends. She loved watching and attending sporting events of all types. She took great pride in growing huge beautiful red geraniums, and tulips of all colors.
Melva was preceded in death by her parents; younger sister, Dorothy Jarrett; and stepmother, Alma Minck.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Donald W. Santee; children, Jill (Kurt) Bock of Gotha, Florida, Jeffrey (Amy) Santee of Monroe, Connecticut, Julie (Kevin) Trapp, of Yardley, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Erin and Ryan Trapp, Paige and Will Santee; sisters, Mary Virginia Minck of Boise, Idaho, Martha (Richard) Everhard of Wadsworth.
The family will receive friends Thursday, January 17, 2013, from 3 until 5 P.M. and 7 until 9 P.M., at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St, Wadsworth. A Funeral service will be conducted at 11 A.M., Friday, January 18, 2013, at First Christian Church, 116 E. Boyer St., Wadsworth. Interment will be at Sharon Center Cemetery, Sharon Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778 or The Trent-Kelly Youth Fund, c/o First Christian Church, Wadsworth.