Delaine Melo, age 75, 1322 11th Street North, Fargo, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley on Tuesday, May 18, 2004.
Delaine Helen Shern was born to Emil and Evelyn (Halvorson) Shern on May 25, 1928 in Viking, MN. She grew up on a farm near Viking and graduated from grade school there. She went to high school in Newfolden, MN and graduated in 1946. She met Vergil Melo while in high school. Delaine moved to Fargo and her first job was at Minutte Beauty Shop in the Comstock Hotel (Corner of 8th Street and Center Avenue). Delaine and Vergil married on June 12, 1948 in Viking, MN. Eventually Delaine established her own beauty shop in their home. She served her loyal customers for over 54 years. It was April 20, 2004 before she could be convinced to finally ?close shop?. She kept it open because she so enjoyed the friends that she made over the years. She always had time for others.
She was also a volunteer for the Look Good?Feel Better program of the American Cancer Society, and she was a member of the National Hairdresser?s Association. She played countless events with Vergil as the Country Friends for at least 10 years at nursing homes, retirement homes, various fundraisers, played for shut-ins, and many special events. She played the drums, keyboard and mandolin in addition to singing.
Survivors include her husband, Vergil, Fargo, ND; her children, David Melo (Karen), West Fargo, ND, Darrell Melo (Mary), Perham, MN, Terry Melo, Fargo, ND, Gerry Melo, Fargo, ND; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; her sister, Arloine Finstad (Lawrence), Fairbanks, AK; and several nieces and nephews.
Delaine is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ronald.
Visitation: 5:00-7:00 pm Thursday at Boulger Funeral Home and at Peace Lutheran Church one hour prior to the service.
Prayer Service: 7:00 pm Thursday, May 20, 2004 at Boulger Funeral Home.
Funeral: 11:00 am on Friday, May 21, 2004 at Peace Lutheran Church.
Burial: 3:00 pm Saturday at Viking Cemetery in Viking, MN.
Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Online guestbook at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com