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Brenda Melvin

September 7, 1942 — January 1, 2021

Brenda Melvin

Brenda K. Melvin

Age 78 of Coal City, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at Morris Hospital.

Born September 7, 1942 in Pontiac, Illinois, Brenda Kaye was a daughter of Eldo Arnold and Donna Louise (Ward) Brady. She was 1960 graduate of Chenoa High School, and went on to marry Roger E. Melvin on October 16, 1960 in the Presbyterian Church of Chenoa.

Brenda was a member of the Coal City Area Club. She was active in the Order of the Eastern Star. Throughout the years, she served as a Worthy Matron, Grand Lector, and the Grand Representative of Illinois and Wisconsin. Brenda was an avid doll collector from various eras (1930-1950).  Brenda cherished family time at their vacation home in Friendship, Wisconsin.

Brenda will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in her family. She loved spoiling their dog Buster.

Though her passing is just 5 short weeks following the loss of her husband, Roger, the family finds comfort in knowing that both Brenda and Roger were cherished by all who were blessed to know them, and they will long be remembered and ever so missed.

Survivors include three children: Dean (Marianne) Melvin of Coal City, Darren (Heather) Melvin of Wilmington and Jennie (Art) Johnson of Crest Hill; son-in-law, Todd Schumacher; eight grandchildren: Heather (Derek) Davis, Matt Melvin, Brian Popovich, Katie Cialone, Julie Popovich (fiancé, Hunter Sayers), Amy Popovich, Douglas Johnson, and Brady Johnson; five great grandchildren: Emily Popovich, Braxton Davis, Kade Melvin, Jace Cialone, and Ella Popovich; one brother-in-law, Michael Melvin of Oglesby; one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Melvin of Streator and numerous nieces and nephews.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roger on November 28, 2020; daughter, Debra Schumacher; sister, Linda Volk, and one brother, Edwin Brady.

Per Brenda’s wishes, green flameless cremation rites were accorded.

The family will celebrate both Brenda and Roger on Saturday, June 12, 2021. A memorial visitation will be held at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway (one block north of Illinois Route 113) in Coal City on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of memorial service 3:00 p.m.

Together, Brenda and Roger will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Joliet.

Please no flowers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Brenda’s memory be made to the Coal City Food Pantry, to help those in need in our community.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Brenda’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Brenda Melvin, please visit our flower store.


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