Melanie Tetu

Melanie Lois Tetu

Wednesday, March 17th, 1976 - Saturday, February 13th, 2021
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Melanie Lois Tetu
“After struggling through life for over 40 years with Post Vaccine Encephalopathy, I am finally free to fly”
Melanie Lois Tetu of Stratton, ON was born March 17, 1976 in Emo, ON. She passed peacefully, early Saturday morning February 13, 2021 at the age of 44 at La Verendrye Hospital with her Mom and Dad by her side.
Melanie was predeceased by all four grandparents, Aunty Georgette Tetu-Gill, Uncles Doug Gill, Jerry Tetu, Dave Pastuck, Rodney Lange, Cousin Shawn McDonald and special friend Tammy Haney who would do anything to make Mel laugh and I mean ANYTHING.
She leaves behind, her Mom and Dad Lois and Ed Tetu, brother Mark and sister Tina. Also left to mourn are her Aunts, Diane Devlin, Marlene Pastuck and Coreen (Sue) Tetu. Aunts and Uncles Lorraine and Ken McDonald, Shirley and Lloyd Henrotte along with nephew and niece, Kristopher and Michelle and too many cousins to name. Left behind also, is her very close friend Donna who worked with Mel for over 30 years. Thank you for what you did for Mel over the years Donna!
Despite the many challenges Melanie faced, we had lots of laughs and good times together. She was a real daredevil with an amazing sense of humour!
Three years ago, Melanie moved to Community Living where she shared an apartment at 145 Hudson Drive, Fort Frances. While there, Melanie made some very good friends with many of her workers. I know she gave some of them a run for their money if things didn’t go the way she thought they should, she didn’t hesitate to phone Kim, Tara or Dad. She was very feisty and tough as nails. She was one who could stand up for herself. Proud of you Mel!

Lois and I would like to thank Dr. Laxton along with all the other doctors and many nurses involved with Mel’s care over the last two weeks. Your compassion, honesty and just good, old fashioned caring will always be appreciated. We would also like to thank everyone for your donations and prayers during the fundraising back in the 80s when we took Mel to New York for her operation. Our friends who insisted we take their car to bring Melanie to the doctors in Winnipeg many years ago. The kindness that has been shown Lois, Melanie and I over the years is something that has been very humbling and something that we will remember forever. There are a lot of very good people in the Rainy River District and beyond!

Just before Tammy passed she told Melanie that when she felt a breeze, it would be her flapping her wings. Now that you two gals are together, spread your wings and fly.

A service to be announced at a later date.

If you so desire, donations may be made in Melanie’s memory to The Riverside Foundation or the Kiwanis Club in Fort Frances by cheque made payable to the charity, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, ON P0W 1E0.
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    Stratton Cemetery
    Stratton/Morley Twp P0W 1N0
    Interment ill take place at a later date


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Ellen Bartlett

Posted at 02:09am
We met Melanie on a Sailin' with Daylin cruise three years ago and were captivated by the fact she had the same name and was almost the same age as my daughter Melanie, with Melanie T's March 1976 birthday being just 3 1/2 months later that Melanie B's. I've sent Daylin some of the pictures I took of your Melanie on the cruise so perhaps he will share them with you. I know she enjoyed his wonderful shows, and we certainly enjoyed getting to know Melanie and her caretakers. You have our deepest sympathy in the great loss this is for you, I knew then that she was moving after the cruise to the community living place described in the obituary, and I'm glad to know now that things went well there.


Posted at 03:22pm
Thinking of you! Melanie's beautiful smile could leave a permanent imprint on the hearts of those who were so lucky to meet her.

Ed Tetu Posted at 03:31pm

Thank you JoAnne.❤

Dawn Pastuck

Posted at 06:39pm
We will miss "Melanie Tetu".
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Ed Tetu Posted at 03:34pm

That k you Dawn.❤

Susan Martin

Posted at 08:45am
Ed, Lois and family, words cannot express the sadness I feel for you and your families in Melanie’s loss.
I feel very honoured to have met Melanie and worked with her.
She was an amazing unique person. She taught me patience, to listen..(especially to her). She challenged me and would find humour when she succeeded!
I will always remember her with a smile in my heart,
I loved how her eyes lit up when you came to visit, expect when she was mad about something.
Spread your wings and fly Mel fly. You’re free!♥️🙏🤗

Ed Tetu Posted at 03:35pm

Thank you Susan.❤

Melissa Hinrichs

Posted at 04:05pm
Lois and Ed,

Mom and I wish to express our heartfelt condolences and sincerest sympathies in acknowledgment of Melanie’s passing.

Although we were mere acquaintances and crossed each other’s paths only occasionally over the years, we thought about Melanie a lot and she was spoken of with fondness around her special St. Patrick’s Day birthday.

Despite the many challenges she faced throughout her life, she faced them with determination and courage.

Please take comfort in knowing that although the depth of your grief and pain cannot be felt by others, those of us who share a similar family dynamic and bond, extend our love and support to you during this difficult time as well as in the days ahead. May your comfort be found in the memories of Melanie that each of you hold in your heart.


Dorothy and Melissa Hinrichs.

Ed Tetu Posted at 03:38pm

Thank you Dorothy and Melissa.❤

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