Dr. Melanie Peterson

Obituary of Dr. Melanie Marie Peterson

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Dr. Melanie Marie Peterson, 63 of Lansdowne, PA formerly of Gerry, NY passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 25, 2023 at her home. She was born March 16, 1960, in Jamestown, NY to the late Wayne and Leona Peterson of Gerry, NY. A 1978 graduate of Cassadaga Valley Central School. Melanie was also a graduate of Wayne State University and held a Juris Doctorate from University of Buffalo. She most recently worked as an insurance broker for The Assurance Group. She was a retired trial attorney at U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Philadelphia, PA and a former Attorney with Sanders and Sanders in Buffalo, NY. She was also former instructor for the University of Maryland, teaching abroad on U.S. Army bases for 8 years. Melanie’s most devoted passions were her love for her cats and her family. She was a long-time board member, Secretary, volunteer, and foster mom with Animal Friends of Lansdowne in her adopted town. She opened her home and heart to many cats and kittens in need of foster care and rehabilitation. She enjoyed playing the piano, singing, back-yard barbeques, and sharing her pool with her friends and family. Melanie is survived by her sister Sally (Greg) Peterson Dallas of Gerry, NY, brother-in-law Robert Olson of Jamestown, NY, step-aunt Lois Woodams of Gerry, NY, her beloved cat Thorndike and several foster kitties that were in her care, and close friends who mourn her passing. Preceded in death by her parents, sister Wendy Susan Peterson Olson, maternal grandparents Nels and Norma Johnson Woodams, step-grandfather W. Edward Woodams, paternal grandparents Gustav and Helen Peterson. Also Aunt Dr. Annita B Watson, Uncles Courtney and Bruce Peterson, and a number of her beloved pets, including cats Elmo, Velvet, and Archie. A memorial service to be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Animal Friends of Lansdowne, P.O Box 869, Lansdowne, PA 19050 (animalfriendsoflansdowne.org) or to the Gerry United Methodist Church, Route 60, Gerry, NY 14740
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