Perfect, amazing and happy were just a few of the words Mel Nulf's family could use to describe such a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Many times, throughout the years Mel had to be the voice of reasoning while raising her two sons along with her husband. It was a true gift and reward for raising her boys to welcome two granddaughters, Alexandra and Sarah into her heart and home.
The final new episode of the classic television comedy, "I Love Lucy" was last aired in 1957. The year saw the peak of the "baby boomers", Elvis Presley purchased Graceland, the first nuclear reactor plant opened in Pennsylvania and the first space satellite Sputnik 1 was launched. Popular toys that children wanted that year included the marketing of the first Frisbee, electric toy machine guns, juke boxes, the Chemcraft Master Lab, and the Atomic Missile pedal car. That year on March 30th, in Huntington, Indiana, Melodye A. Nulf was welcomed into this world. She was the daughter of Clarence Ted and Ruth Virginia (Ellis) Wall.
Mel grew up in the Roanoke area before her family moved north of Columbia City to Tri-Lakes. She was involved with the Future Farmers of America group while attending Columbia City Joint High School. During her sophomore year, she was the Valentines' Queen and Robert E. Nulf quickly noticed her at the dance. Bob eventually started talking to her that night and soon began dating. Following her graduation with the Class of 1975, the two were married on August 30, 1975.
Being a hard and dedicated worker, Mel started working at Whitley Memorial Hospital as she attended high school. She showed dedication by working her entire career with the hospital and continued to work for the hospital at its newly opened facility in 2011, Parkview Whitley Hospital. In Mel's spare time, she loved to spend time with her family. She enjoyed traveling to visit her son Brad as he was stationed throughout the United States as he served in the U.S. Air Force. She also enjoyed swimming and decorating.
It was shocking news to her family when they learned that she was being transported to the hospital where she was on her way to work at. At 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, Melodye Nulf unexpectedly passed away at the age of 62. She is survived by her loving husband of over 43 years, Bob Nulf, of Big Lake; two sons, Brad Nulf, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Brian Nulf, of Big Lake; two granddaughters, Alexandra Smith and Sarah Nulf; brother, John (Emma) Wall, of Columbia City; sister-in-law, Shirley Wall, of Fort Wayne; and brother-in-law, Urban Shatzer, of Hartford City. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ted Wall; and sister, Diana Shatzer.
A gathering of family and friends will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday, August 11, 2019 at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Funeral Celebrant Sharon Brockhaus officiating. Memorial gifts may be given in her memory to the American Heart Association. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send her family condolences online.
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May God give you strength in this time of grief and fond memories
of Melodye A. Wall Nulf, CCHS Alumni Class of 1970
The Alumni of CCHS extends sincere condolences, thoughts and
prayers to "MEL"s family.
did not know Mel real well but got to know her from my son living across the street from her and Bob she always wanted to make sure you had anything that you needed sorry for the loss of your loved one she will be missed ,,,,🙏🙏Terry Hughes
My deepest sympathies for Mel's family and friends. Loss of a loved one is the hardest thing to have to go thru. I will always remember Mel's never-ending smile. Such a sweet lady. She will be missed by many 💟
Mary Slusher, RIP Mel, thoughts and prayers to the family, you will be missed.
My thoughts are with the family and friends of Mel!! She was such a joy to work with. She will truly be missed!!
Bob so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. Keep holding on to those wonderful memories as you grieve. Prayers for you and your family members.
To the family of Mel Nulf , my sisters and I send our heart felt sympathy to you , we lived next to her and her two brothers and sister in Roanoke for about 10 years what wonderful times we had all growing up togather, she had a heart of gold and was a special wonderful person, our thoughts are with you at this time of sadness, the Hull girls Cindy,Linda and Vickie and our brother Rocky.
From all of us here at Kirtland, our warmest
thoughts and deepest prayers go out to your entire family. Many of us had the great pleasure of meeting and knowing Mel; those times will be treasured.
My sweet, wonderful little cousin. You left us too soon. We had so many childhood memories to talk and laugh about. I will miss you. Sue Ann.
Bob, You have my deepest sympathy. I know I will always remember the good times I had with you and Mel. Many moons have passed since those days, but the lighthearted love that she brought to everyday living will never be forgotten by those who were lucky enough to have spent time basking in her sunshine. Somehow 50 years wasn't long enough. She was one of God's special souls. We were all blessed to have known her. Many prayers to you and the family.
I was sorry to read of Melodys passing. I grew up in Roanoke as well and we were friends back then... after she moved, we lost touch.. prayers to her family
Wow , it was shock when I read the news. I remember working with Mel back in the early days at Whitley Hospital. We always had fun and I will always remember her giggly laugh she had. She always had a smile. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, sorry to think that there may be a hole that no one will be able to fill. Miss you MEL.
Mel always had a smile for everyone who passed by her desk. She was a great resource person for her department who was always willing to help you out any way she could. We will definitely miss her. PWH Cardiopulmonary and Sleep departments
I leave my heartfelt condolences to the family in this sad family loss. Any who knew her were blessed with her smile, her laugh and friendly positive attitude. May you find peace and comfort in her memories.
Bob and boys, I loved your mother. After you work with someone for many years, you become like family. I don't live in Indiana anymore but always looked forward to hearing her voice and talking to her whenever I would call the hospital. Mel loved her family and shared so many happy things about her family. She will be greatly missed. I will be praying for you during this time of grief. Marcia Leitch
Sending my sympathies to Mel's Family, friends and co-workers. May each of you hold tight to the memories you shared together. My fondest memory is when Mel would call down to my office at Whitley Hospital and ask me to "come fix her computer, as it was obviously broke and it wasn't her fault!" She use to say it was hard to teach an old dog how to run a computer.....But oh my she excelled. Her laugh, smile, and positive attitude truly was a blessing to myself and many others. My heart aches, but I hold many wonderful memories of her. - Sandye (Gerardot) Parks
So very sorry for your loss. Mel was a wonderful coworker that always answered the phone with a smile when we would call. She was very knowledgeable about anything happening in her department. She was always so friendly when passing in the hallway. She was a great asset to Parkview Whitley and we will miss her dearly.
PWH Imaging Dept
Uncle Bob Brad and Brian, I am just so saddened to hear that our beloved Melody is gone , she sure will be greatly missed my love to you love Christy
So very sorry for your loss. Loved mel's always present smile and just to know she was working was a security for me she was a specialist at her job so knowledgeable! Loved her attitude! Andria Smith
Sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Mel for 40 years and always enjoyed her smile and laugh.
Sincere sympathy on Mel's passing. May you find peace and comfort in your memories.
Bob, Brad and Brian, so sorry. I loved working with Mel. She was an excellent employee and a great friend. Lots of fun memories working and playing with her. She will be missed.
I will never forget all the great times I shared with Mel and family on shriner lake. She was always so sweet to everyone she came in contact with. I am deeply sorry for your loss. God bless you all
I'm sending my prayers and thoughts to you and your family through this difficult times. I'm so sorry for your loss. I have meet Mel twice and she was always smiling and a loving person.
Your friend always!
Mel was a kind person, always smiling. I will miss her!! Our condolences Bob, Brian and Brad
Bob, Brad, and Brian; I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! Mel has such a beautiful spirit and she will be truly missed!
Thinking of you and your family, our prayers are with you for the days ahead.
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