Melnyk, Gwendolyn (Aged 91, Chatham)

Published On October 16, 2017 | By bjackson | Obituaries

A resident of Chatham and formerly of Coatsworth, Gwen Melnyk passed away at the Chatham-Kent Hospice with her family at her side on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the age of 91.

Predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Edward Melnyk (2011).

Loving mother to the late Dale (1996) and Charlotte Melnyk of Chatham, and Wayne and Doreen Melnyk of Woodstock. Grandmother to Steven and Melissa Melnyk of Woodstock, Lisa and Loc Nguyen of Barrie and great-grandmother to Alex, Nicholas and Ava. Survived by her brother Larry Young (Cheryl) of Leamington and sister-in-law Lydia Melnyk of Leamington. Predeceased by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws Olga and Peter Mereszak, Mary and Fred Wahl, and Paul Melnyk.

Also missed by nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Gwen was an active member of St. Andrew’s United Church and the UCW and a former member of the IODE. She enjoyed wintering in Florida with her husband Edward for 35 years.

Special thanks to Gwen’s church friends for their friendships over the years as well as to the staff and volunteers at St. Andrew’s Residence and the Chatham-Kent Hospice for their care and compassion.

Cremation has taken place. Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 am until the Celebration of Gwen’s Life at 11:00 am with Gabriella Cutler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in memory of Gwen to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be left at

McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, 519-351-2040

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