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Melanie V. "Mel" Rathbun

Melanie V. Rathbun    “beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister”

CHRYSTAL, Pa.---Melanie V. “Mel” Rathbun, 78, of Chrystal, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, December 14, 2019, in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, after a short illness.

Born on Sunday, May 4, 1941 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Lewis and Emily Trask Voorhees.  On December 31, 1958 in Arlington, Virginia, she married Howard H. Rathbun, who survives.

Mel was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  She was employed by Olean Advanced Products for over 30 years, where she was a member, former vice president, and former union steward for Local IBEW in Olean. She was also co-owner of Rathbun Farm Maple Products in Chrystal. 

Mel attended and was a Sunday school teacher at the Chrystal United Methodist Church.  For many years she served as secretary for the Eleven Mile Cemetery in Chrystal.  She enjoyed bird watching, hunting, baking, wood carving, and photography.  Her greatest joys were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband of over 60 years are her daughter, Paula L. (Gerald) Weber of Chrystal; her son, Howard S. “Duffy” (Ann Marie) Rathbun of Chrystal; six grandchildren, Emily M. (Kabel) Kellogg, Sally L. (Kendal) Karr, Forrest H. (Nikki) Rathbun, Paul A. (Emily) Rathbun, Stephanie J. (Zachary) Good, and Rachel M. Rathbun; seven great-grandchildren, Karter, Wyatt, Anna, Landry, Jake, Lily, and Melanie; her brother, John (Bobbi) Voorhees of Hillsboro, N.H.; a sister-in-law, Mary Sue (Dave) Shemeld of Cuba, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mel was predeceased by an infant son, John Hull Rathbun; her sister, Jacqueline Voorhees Carpenter.

Private funeral services will be held at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Mel’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mel, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

 





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A candle was lit in memory of Melanie Rathbun

John V Dec 17 2019 12:00 AM

That was the best,I lot of happy tears.

Cindy Dec 17 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Melanie Rathbun

Cindy Dec 16 2019 12:00 AM

Mel was a very special person..always smiling and could make us laugh always. We loved her and are sad we wont see her again...love you my friend.

Michelle Karr Dec 16 2019 12:00 AM

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A candle was lit in memory of Melanie Rathbun

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Crystal Dec 16 2019 12:00 AM

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Paula and Gerald Dec 15 2019 12:00 AM

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