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In Memory of

Melio Lawrence LaVella

May 14, 1943 - May 18, 2017

Obituary


Melio L. LaVella, lovingly called "Mel or Sonny" by friends and family, 74, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2017 at the Cape Coral Hospital following a long battle with COPD. He is survived by his partner and companion of 24 years, Donna Peterson; his daughter, Helene Haston and husband Buddy of TX; his son, William LaVella and wife Kristy of TN; his daughter Leslie Dine and husband Ronnie of MO; his son Melio Amon LaVella of MO; his sister Ruth Lucov and husband Michael of PA; his brother Ron LaVella and wife Margo of CA;...

Melio L. LaVella, lovingly called "Mel or Sonny" by friends and family, 74, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2017 at the Cape Coral Hospital following a long battle with COPD. He is survived by his partner and companion of 24 years, Donna Peterson; his daughter, Helene Haston and husband Buddy of TX; his son, William LaVella and wife Kristy of TN; his daughter Leslie Dine and husband Ronnie of MO; his son Melio Amon LaVella of MO; his sister Ruth Lucov and husband Michael of PA; his brother Ron LaVella and wife Margo of CA; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Preceded in death by sister Laura Orsinger and husband Bob of PA. Raised in Herminie, Pennsylvania, the son of Melio and Ann (Kristofik) LaVella he was a longtime resident of Lake Fairways in Fort Myers, Florida. In his early years, Mel would help caddie at Oakmont Country Club and at Baldock Country Club where he learned to love the game of Golf. After graduating from Hempfield Area High School in 1961, he joined the United States Air Force as an Airman where he served until July 1965 and then served in Reserve Duty until 1967. Following his service with the Air Force, Mel moved to Hawthorne, California and was employed by Northrop Corporation where he worked for 25 years and retired as a Manager. Mel then moved to Florida joining D.J. Gould Electric in Fort Myers where he worked for 10 years until his retirement. He not only took pride in his work, but truly relished the friends he made during his time at Northrup and at D.J. Gould. Mel had a passion for golf, woodworking, trains, travel and reading. A private service will be held on May 22, 2017 at Hodges Funeral Home in Fort Myers, Florida.For information, please call (239)334-4880. Online condolences may be offered at www.leememorialpark.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park.