Barbara Jo Melnyk

Oscoda, Michigan
June 28, 1950 - January 27, 2018

Obituary Notice

Barbara Jo Melnyk, passed away on the evening of Jan. 27, 2018 after fighting her forth bout of cancer at her home in Oscoda Michigan. She was born on June 28, 1950 in Tacoma Washington to father Irwin and mother Mary (Jacob) Hill. Barbara grew up in a military family with three other siblings, older sister Janet, and younger brother and sister Mickey and Colleen. The family was stationed at multiple bases throughout the United States and twice in Germany while she grew up. She graduated high school in 1968 at Eisenhower in Lawton Oklahoma. While she was attending college at Cameron University she met private class E5 John Melnyk. They later married on June 7th, 1971. They spent their first years of marriage together in Germany while John finished out his services and where they had their first child Rachel. After his service they stayed in Wisconsin for a few years and had their final child Samuel. They settled in Michigan where Barbara worked for a short time in a tax firm. She loved her family and spent the remaining of her career as a home maker to her husband and children. In her youth and middle age Barbara enjoyed cross stitching and quilting. Many of her beautiful pieces can still be found in the homes of friends and family throughout this country. Barbara and John retired to the small town of Oscoda Michigan, where they enjoyed hosting friends and family. Barbara is survived by her husband John Melnyk, Mother Mary (Jacob) Hill, brother and sister Mickey and Colleen Hill, daughter Rachel (Melnyk) O’Brien, son in law Casey, grandsons Shaden and Liam O’Brien, son Samuel Melnyk, daughter in law Suzanne ( Shellito) Melnyk, and grandsons Nate and Marik Melnyk. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her. Rest in peace Barbara Jo Melnyk, age 67. Condolences may be shared at


Our prayers our with you in your time of sorrow , and beyond. She is no longer in pain or ill. Rest in peace Momma Melnyk..
— Pamela Renner & Billy Schlick
I'm so very sorry for your loss! Prayers for all of you that God may guide you thru this very difficult time! May your beautiful memories bring you some comfort. You will miss her forever, but she will always be in your heart and at your side from this day forward! God bless you all and her.
— Vallie Nalecz
John, Rachel and Sam... I am at a total loss for words and cannot even begin to express my deepest sympathies through my own tears. Barb was one of my absolute dearest friends and I only wish I had never, ever lost contact with her. Please know I am grieving along with you and I am sending my most heartfelt love to all of you.
— Jan Harris
Barbara was such a delightful friend. We lived across the hall from each other in Germany and used to bundle our girls into strollers and take them for walks along the Danube. She always had a ready smile, calm demeanor and wonderful advice. She truly is one in a million.
— Bonnie Hunter
Dear John, Rachel, and Sam,
Our family have the fondest memories of Barbara and you all. She was always the steady calm for all of us. She was always family first. The Hill girls all shared this welcoming love. We are saddened by her passing but know that her life was well lived in the quiet life of her family.
— Cornelia Hill
My sympathy's are extended to the Melnyk family. Barbara was a special friend, and it saddens me to think we got out of touch when her and John moved to northern Michigan. John, Rachel, Sam and family, your wife and mother and grandmother was a talented, valued friend. She will be missed. Love Carol
— Carol White
We lost a wonderful, amazing friend and neighbor here in Oscoda. A chair at the Bunco Club table and the Daffy Quackers' birthday celebrations, and a seat on our crazy jaunts will always be Barbara's. My sincerest sympathy to her family; may your memories of all the good times with her and your shared love ease your grief. Your painful battles are finally over, Barbara; Rest in Peace.
— Penny Lee
Our sincere condolences. We have enjoyed living next door to Barb and John. We will miss our chats with her. Thinking of John and Barb's family at this time.
— Vicky Lynn and Rick Stadler

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