Melissa A. (McGowan) Sheetz

Melissa A. (McGowan) Sheetz, 44, of Oaktown, passed from this life on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Indianapolis.

She was born on May 27, 1976, in Rushville, Illinois, to Donald E. and Dorothy A. (Burton) McGowan.

Melissa married Christopher L. Sheetz on Oct. 10, 2020.

Melissa was a member of the Edwardsport United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker, wife and mother. Melissa really enjoyed her animals, crafting, fishing, and she especially enjoyed quality time spent with her family.

Family left to cherish the memory of Melissa include her husband, Chris Sheetz; three daughters, Hannah and Emily Lerch and Abigail Armstrong at home; her father, Donald E. McGowan of Bowen, Illinois; three brothers and their spouses, Donald and Phoebe McGowan of Phymouth, Illinois, William and Beth McGowan of Princeton, and Joey McGowan and his partner, Shannon, of Phymouth; and one sister, Sara McGowan and her fiance, Jason Ward, of Bowen.

Melissa was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy McGowan; and her infant babies, Holly Noel Lerch and Joshua Benton Lerch.

Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Odon United Methodist Church with Pastor Debbie Payne officiating. Melissa will be laid to rest in Walnut Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the church.

In compliance with state regulations, social distancing and face masks are required by all attending.

All arrangements have been entrusted to Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon.

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