Thanks for the outpouring of love and affection for Melinda you have all shown to us here and on Facebook. Included here is the obituary that will appear in the local paper on Thursday. Note also that this also appears, and you can download photos and memories on the remembrance page of the funeral home at this link. We hope to see all her Tucson friends on Saturday. For those looking in from the Midwest, we're aiming for Saturday the 15th of October at Malone's Funeral Home in Geneva for a memorial for her Illinois friends and family.
Melinda Jo Ketelsen (née) Johnson, 60, entered into eternal rest September 22, 2016 after a 3 year battle with lung cancer. Born in St Louis, the family relocated to Aurora, IL in 1967. Melinda entered her life’s work as a nurse specializing in the NICU, spending 30 years at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, IL, and 5 years at UMC in Tucson, AZ. Her compassion and caring is revealed by the multitude of former patients, parents, co-workers and friends that love and care for her dearly. She is survived by her beloved husband Dean in Tucson, her sister Mary Alice “Maj” (Jeff) Williams of Sugar Grove, IL, nieces Robin Johnson and Kathy Pelanek, nephews Trés Johnson and Rick (Susan) Pelanek, and numerous nieces and nephews and relatives by marriage from the Ketelsen and Johnson family, and many dear friends and former co-workers. She was preceded in death by her parents Richard L. and Alice Mary Johnson, her brother Richard L. Johnson Jr. and her sister Susan Mary Charles. A memorial will be held at Abbey Funeral Chapel, 3435 N 1st at 1pm on Saturday, October 1, followed by a celebration of love at El Saguarito Restaurant, 1763 E Prince Road. Charitable donations may be made in her name to your local animal shelter, or to Hope Animal Shelter, PO Box 1996 Cortaro, AZ 85652.