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Melodi  Ann "Mel" Dulyea
  • Athens Area Schools
    4320 K. Drive South
    East Leroy, MI 49051

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“I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. 2nd Thessalonians...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: D T

“We are so sorry to hear of Melodi's passing. Blessings to you all. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Ed and Carol Sybesma - ATHENS, MI

“Melodi was wonderful to work with when it came to my kids. Samuel and Amber had great relationships with Mrs. Dulyea! They were greatly impacted by...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Sharon Klein - Fulton, MI

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of Melodi's dear family. Our hearts are broken over your immense loss. She was a precious soul that brought joy...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to learn of the passing of your Mom. She was a special lady. A friend to staff and students. Someone who will be hard to replace but who...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Clela Bauer - ATHENS, MI

“Tiffany, So sorry to hear about your mom. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Kim/Garrett Lawrence - MI

“She was the best teacher and person she helped my daughter that had learning disabilities excel will always be grateful for her help and kindness she...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Dorothy Shroll - Athens, MI

“Mel was one of the most generous, kind, loving people I have ever known. It was such a privilege to have know her. I will miss you much, friend. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Pam Waldron - East Leroy, MI

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Melodi Ann "Mel" Dulyea, age 62, of Athens passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, November 1, 2020 with her loving family at her side. She was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on January 22, 1958, the daughter of Anthony C. and Carol A. (Hansen) Cushman. Mel graduated from Sault Ste. Marie High School in 1976 and received her Masters in Education from Western Michigan University. A true servant of others, Mel served the Athens school district and community for nearly 25 years and was recognized as the District Teacher of the Year in 2019. Her service included but was not limited to: S.A.D.D. advisor and Trunk-or-Treat coordinator.

Mel married the "Love of Her Life" William J. "Bill" Dulyea in Mason, Michigan on October 24, 1987. She is survived by her husband, Bill; her children, Kari (Nick) Freye of Muskegon, Chris (Jaime) St. Arnauld of Sault Ste. Marie, Tiffany (Michael) Pignataro, Michelle (Matt) Dulyea-Schlies, and Jordanne (Josh) Jacobus, all of Battle Creek; eleven grandchildren, Stephanie, Hunter, Blake, Sam, Zak, Adeline, Grayson, Lucas, Lucy, Natalie, and Lennon; her great-granddaughter, Payton; brothers, Tony (Laura) Cushman and Perry (Pong) Cushman; her sister-in-law, Vonda Cushman; her loving great-aunt, Marion Hansen; and several nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Michael Cushman.

The "Best Grandma", family was everything to Mel and she truly enjoyed every moment she could spend with her children & grandchildren. Mel also enjoyed all types of crafting, which also normally included her family in one way or another as well.

Mel spent the last few weeks exactly the way she wanted. With the TV stuck on True Crimes, crafting with her daughters, cuddling her grandbabies, and daily 3 a.m. coffee time. As Mel would put it, it was the best 5 days of her life, but she wishes she had 9,550,000 more.

Due to current government regulations, Mel's family will receive friends (40 masked visitors at a time) from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, November 5th at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. A private family service will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 6th. The service will be livestreamed and may be viewed by visiting After the Covid Pandemic, the family hopes to hold another celebration of Mel's life in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Athens Area Schools. Personal messages for the family may be placed at