Melanie Marie Zuercher

June 11, 1989 ‒ June 11, 2012

Lexington, Ohio

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy everyday. I Love You!” were the closing words of a letter Melanie Zuercher recently wrote to her daughter Autumn. Melanie liked outdoor activities with her daughter, often taking her fishing or hiking, or teaching her to play softball or ride quads together. Melanie only wanted the very best for her “amazing, beautiful and smart little girl.”

Melanie passed away Monday evening June 11, 2012 in her Lexington area home. She was 23.

Born June 11, 1989 in Mansfield, Melanie was graduated from Lexington High School in 2007, and earned an associates degree in accounting from North Central State College.

Described as a critical thinker, Melanie enjoyed exploring all genres of books. Her journaling and poetry were her creative outlets to spin life’s challenges into affirmations.

Melanie excelled at art: she enjoyed painting, sketching and chalk-drawings. An outdoorsy person, she like hiking, snowboarding and playing softball – and really all sports.

Melanie was a beautiful young woman, with a warm and inviting smile who was strong-willed and determined: if she identified a social wrong, she would change it if she could.

In addition to her daughter Autumn Snow, she is survived by her parents Don & Kecia (Burdine) Zuercher; her sister Valerie Browning of Lexington; her brother Shawn Zuercher of Lexington; grandparents Patricia & Russell Burton of Lexington and Edward & Maureen Zuercher of Orrville; aunts and uncles Colleen & Allen Teague of Orrville, Kathy & Greg Johnson of Jackson, Patty & Tim Quill of Cincinnati, John & Dee Zuercher of Rocky River, Rob & Mary Zuercher of Avon, James Burdine of Lexington, Nancy & Paul Stone of Galion and Tina Beaver of Fredericktown; and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Freemont Burdine and an uncle Freemont Burdine, Jr.

Her family will receive friends Friday, June 15, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Avenue, celebrated by the Very Rev. Father Nelson Beaver.

Contributions in Melanie’s memory, made to her family, may be made at the funeral home.

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