Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Melanie Sue Austin, 55, of Eastlake, secretary, seamstress, signer

Melanie Sue Austin, an Eastlake resident and Rose-Mary Center secretary, who died Monday, June 29, 2009, at age 55, made costumes for Civil War reenactments and started a choir to interpret hymns in American Sign Language (ASL) at Erieside Church.

She worked as a secretary for 10 years at the Rose-Mary Center in Euclid.

The Painesville native, whose maiden name was Heidinger, graduated from North High School in Eastlake.

A prolific seamstress, she created costumes for many church and school plays, as well as costumes for herself and others for Civil War reenactments throughout the eastern United States in which she participated. She also enjoyed photography.

Her family says that most importantly, Melanie had a pure heart and loved to serve others.

Survivors include her husband, Don; daughters, Deanna Lynn and Courtney Renee; stepdaughters, Ronda Boomhower, Kimberlee Austin and Marcella Godleski; grandchildren, Matthew Feiters, and Joshua and John Thomas Boomhower; sisters, Melinda Weinberger (Melanie's twin) and Penny Corbet; and brother, Frank Heidinger.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Erieside Church on the Boulevard, 221 E. 320th St., Willowick.

Donations may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119.

Arrangements are by Davis-Babcock Funeral Home of Willoughby.

This obituary was originally posted on ObitsOhio.com on July 3, 2009.

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