Melanie C. Bartlett, 49, of Union City, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence in Battle Creek, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born October 12, 1964 in Battle Creek to Joel and Maybelle (Landfair) Bartlett.
She graduated from Union City High School with honors in 1982 and from Albion College in 1986 with a degree in Home Economics. She continued her education with a degree in Fashion and Textiles from Fashion Institution of Technology in New York City and earned her master's degree from Michigan State University. Melanie taught sewing as a teacher's assistant while at MSU and worked on and off for many years at InterVarsity's Cedar Campus in Cedarville, MI. She had also worked at Lord & Taylor, Jo-Ann Fabric and was a home companion and caregiver for several years. Melanie was an avid and talented crafter, enjoying knitting, crocheting, sewing and papercrafting. Most recently she enjoyed making blank homemade greeting cards for our nation's heroes deployed overseas to write home to their friends and loved ones for the organization, Operation Write Home.
Melanie is survived by her beloved cat, Butterscotch Sundae (Scottie), mother; Maybelle Landfair-Dulin of Coldwater, uncle; Charles Bartlett of Union City, sisters; Heather (Randy) Carter of Union City, Holly (John Blaskie) Bartlett of Union City, Janice (Jeremy)Gauss of Union City, brothers; Shane Hodge, D.O. of North Wilkesboro, NC, David (Samantha) Hodge of Wyoming, MI, step-mother, Callie Bartlett of Union City and seven nieces and nephews; Jordan (Janice) Green, Cody Carter, Daniel Blaskie, Julianna Blaskie, Makayla Gauss, Braedon Hodge and Graham Hodge. She was preceded in death by her father; Joel Bartlett, who passed away September 5, 2013.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 12:00 Noon with one hour of visitation prior to the service at 11:00 a.m. at the Putnam Funeral Home in Union City with John Blaskie officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Union City. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Union City United Methodist Church with Pastor Andy Baek officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice of Battle Creek, Operation Write Home or the