The world lost a beloved mom and mama, Florence “Flo” Melfi, on September 26, 2020. Flo courageously battled cancer over the past few months, but it never stopped her from spreading joy to everyone she touched. Flo died at her home, a place filled with cherished memories, surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by Vincent Melfi (husband), Charles Winters, and Billy Pratt (beloved grandson).
Flo lived 83 glorious years, most in the town of West Jefferson, Ohio. It was here where she raised her family. Love of family was at the very heart and soul of who she was. She was the quintessential “stay-at-home-mom” even before the phrase became popular. Widowed with five young children, she devoted all of her energy to the love and support of her family. She knew that the little things mattered and always made sure to be there for all five of her kids. She listened, she advised, she encouraged, but more than anything, she loved unconditionally. If Webster’s included a picture beside the word self-less, it would be one of Flo smiling. As grandchildren and great-grandchildren began to arrive, she took on the title of Mama and her love multiplied many times over. The pride and joy she felt for each of her eleven grandchildren was unmatched. Mama loved them all with everything she had and devoted her life to being there for each and every one of them.
This wonderful woman is survived by her children, Susan (Eric) James, Mike (Tammy) Melfi, Cathy Pratt, Mary (Ron) Roach, Vince (Sarah) Melfi; grandchildren, Jennifer Melfi, Angel (Brittany Razek) Pratt, Ashley Pratt, Candice (Justin) Metzger, Jessica (Adam Blake) James, Emily (Cole) Reynolds, Kyle Roach, Kendra Roach, Charlie Melfi, Anna Melfi; great-grandchildren, Eve Metzger and Lane Metzger; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, all of her special friends, and life-long friends Carol Ferguson and Diane Miller.
Family and friends are welcome to visitation from 4-7 PM on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at the RADER-McDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. MAIN STREET, WEST JEFFERSON, OHIO, 43162, where her Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, October 2, 2020. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Social Distancing will be observed and guests are required to wear a facial covering while at the funeral home.