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Melody Diann Mincheff

Melody Diann Mincheff

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SPARTA — Melody Diann (Picantine) Mincheff passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.

Private graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Maple Hill Cemetery in Sesser, with Morton Johnston Funeral Home in Benton providing arrangements and Pastor Tim Gregory officiating.

Melody was born Oct. 9,1960, in Christopher, to Lego and Dixie Lee Picantine.

She married Chris Mincheff on July 23, 1989.

Survivors include her husband, Chris Mincheff of Sparta; mother, Dixie Lee Spotanski of Sesser; son, Dustin Darnell of Sparta; daughter, Caitlin (Jason) Vielweber of Freeburg; grandchildren, Kaylee Marie Darnell of Steeleville, and Juliana Claire Vielweber of Freeburg; sister, Christal Laird of Mount Vernon; brother, Franklin Tepovich of Sesser; in addition to several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice in Fairview Heights, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

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