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The Munising News
Wednesday, August 13, 2003


Melba Cicelia Negilski, age 84, of Munising, died following a brief illness on Sunday, August 10, 2003 at Marquette General Hospital. She was born on May 27, 1919 in Caspian, Michigan to the late Charles and Cicelia (Frangquist) Negilski. Melba moved to Munising as a young child and graduated from Wm. G. Mather High School in 1937. She worked at the Munising Co-op before marrying Stanley M. Negilski on August 3, 1942. They were married over 52 years before he preceded her in death on April 18, 1995. Melba was a homemaker and raised her two sons before beginning employment with the Munising Public School system. She was a teacher’s aide for many years in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Melba was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She and Stanley were very active in the Polish-American Society. She was a wonderful cook and not only made wonderful cinnamon buns, but spent many weeks helping prepare food for the annual “Polka Mass”. Melba was a member of the Munising Senior Citizens and she played in the Kitchen Kettle Band. She served on the Housing Commission Board and was on the Election Canvassing Board. She enjoyed Polka music and watching Lawrence Welk on Saturday evenings. Melba loved being a grandmother to her grandchildren and she enjoyed her family and friends. She was generous with her time and talents and people were her profession.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law – David and Gail of Greenfield, IN; two grandchildren; brothers – Roswell (Pearl) Anderson of Munising and Alard (Helen) Anderson also of Munising; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved her very much.

Besides her parents and husband, Stanley, Melba was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Charles on February 10, 1979, and a brother, Marlin Anderson.

Deacon James Anderson and Rev. James Downing will conduct her funeral service on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 10 a.m. at the Bowerman Funeral Chapel. Interment will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Munising.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Munising, Northwoods Home Health and Hospice, or the Lakeshore Manor Memorial Fund in memory of Melba.

Submitted by Connie Duke




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