Melissa Garcia

November 6, 1969 - March 22, 2018
Kish Funeral Home
10000 Calumet Ave.
Munster, Indiana 46321
219-924-3333 | Map
Thursday 3/29, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kish Funeral Home
10000 Calumet Ave.
Munster, Indiana 46321
219-924-3333 | Map
Thursday 3/29, 7:00 pm

Melissa Garcia, 48, of Portage, IN passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018. She is survived by her mother, Sandra Garcia; father, Phillip (Patricia) Zaborowski; siblings, Audree (Shawn) Novak, Jennifer (Richard) Moore, Paula (Terry) Specyal, Brian (Ruxandra) Zaborowski and Steven (Ashley) Zaborowski; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may visit with the familyContinue Reading

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Tim Wills left a message on June 29, 2023:
Melissa taught one of my classes at Keller Graduate School of Management. On the first day of class, I described my work background, and Melissa, without hesitation, offered to help me find a better job. She later asked me to share my knowledge with her regarding a work project. I wish to extend my condolences to her family, especially to her father, who I worked with for a few years.
Gail I Creen left a message on April 6, 2018:
Oh Melissa! I'm so sorry to all those who knew and loved Melissa. She was a very special person and I am sure she is still right next to us watching and laughing. Deepest condolences.
Damon left a message on April 2, 2018:
Condolences to Moms, Audree, and John T. – I know Melissa was a special love to you. I only found out yesterday, and this karma-defying moment is heartbreaking. If I had to describe Melissa in five words or less, it would be to say that she was: A strong, motivated, good person. After high school, my tightest years with Melissa were back in the Mansard’s and Schererville apartment days when Melissa and John lived together. If memory serves, this particular incident occurred in the apartment at the Mansard’s apartment. I stayed late into the night countless times and would often crash there. This particular time, I ended up falling asleep on the floor. By morning, I was sleeping on my back. Melissa and John had a cat who was a young adult, but petite. Well, one of this cat’s idiosyncrasies was that, given the opportunity, it would curl up and sleep on your forehead. I was not aware of this until it actually happened. Thanks, guys! To say the least, it’s an uneasy feeling when you tell your head to move but it will not :P. I thought that I was either witnessing my own dream or paralyzed. Groggy, as we are when freshly awakened, it took a few more ineffective commands from me to head until I was aware enough to feel around with my hands, discovering that I had a cat sleeping comfortably on my head - not bothered by my attempts to get up, apparently. We shared a good laugh about that one over breakfast.We had some good times back then. We would swim, grill, snack on the blue couches while watching Comedy Central, take in the occasional movie at her mom’s where I would use one of her hounds as a pillow, and we would sit on the balcony late at night ignoring our past while talking about the future. In the last five years, she has been on my mind and I meant to get in contact with her, but did not. I thought we were only halfway through this ride. Condolences to family and friends. If Kish could leave the following address up, it would be appreciated. I don’t mind this email being published. John, if this information finds its way to you, ring me up when you have it in you: diduhearaboutpluto@gmail.comRIP, Melissa, Damon
Dolly Haluska left a message on March 29, 2018:
Deepest sympathies to Melissa's family at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Corey Hecht left a message on March 29, 2018:
Melissa, you could brighten the room with your laugh and smile. You are missed by so many but we will meet again someday.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Janet Keck left a message on March 29, 2018:
My deepest sympathies to the entire family. May God bless all who loved her as a relative, co-worker, or friend. Gone much too soon. RIP Melissa.
Jessica Buikema left a message on March 28, 2018:
So sad to hear about her passing. She was a great lady with a big heart. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Ancelmo & Belinda Del Muro left a message on March 28, 2018:
We are so saddened by your loss. Our prayers are with you all.
Pat Vukovich left a message on March 28, 2018:
Dear Melissa,I have fond memories of us working together at Graycor in were a professional and a big hearted young lady. You will be missed by many. .
Cheryl Hansen left a message on March 28, 2018:
Sandy and Audree, I'm so sorry for your loss. Melissa was such a kind and generous person whom I'm proud to have known both as an employee and a friend. I'm praying that God will watch over your family and provide comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Ann and Harry Batagianis left a message on March 28, 2018:
Sandy and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Melissa. I remember what a special, happy person she was when I saw her at my mom, Earline's 90th Birthday party. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you and your family go through this sad time. We will be commemorating a mass in Melissa's honor at St. Teresa of Avila Church in Valparaiso. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Ranjan Kini left a message on March 28, 2018:
Sorry to hear the news. Deepest condolences and sympathies to family and friends... enjoyed working with her on Rotary projects ...
Angela left a message on March 28, 2018:
Oh my sweet friend and colleague....I am blessed to have known you and work alongside such a quality person with a pure heart. I am thankful for our time together and I pray you have the peace that only Our Savior can bring. I love you and miss you already. Prayèrs for your family. Love, Angela Moore
Bill Priller left a message on March 28, 2018:
I pray that God will give the family peace and consolation...Melissa was a bright light in a dark world...she will be truly missed!!!
Jim Rainbolt left a message on March 28, 2018:
Melissa, you were a bright and shining light here on earth. You touched so many people in a positive way. You will be missed!
Kimmy (Wilson) Marquez left a message on March 27, 2018:
First of all, please give my dad a great big hug for me!! Thank you for always being so welcoming to me and my family. Love you
Melissa Huffman left a message on March 27, 2018:
Melissa thank you for your friendship and always helping me when I needed you with pictures or anything else. You are one of a kind.
Jay Vigil left a message on March 27, 2018:
I will always remember the fun times we had when you visited in the summers. Telling ghosts stories and running around like maniacs. Rest easy. Gone way too soon. Dance with the angels
terry yated left a message on March 27, 2018:
may God bless an keep you in your time of need may he give you peace with in.hold on 2 God he will see u through.
Wanda C. Scott left a message on March 27, 2018:
The Family of Melissa Garcia,May God comfort you during this difficult time.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Al Konieczka left a message on March 27, 2018:
Melissa, you were a good friend, a colleague and a hard working person. You loved life, loved working with people and I enjoyed working with you over the past 2+ years. I will miss you my friend. I was absolutely shocked and saddened when I head the news. Rest in peace......
Cate and Robert Roberts left a message on March 27, 2018:
Too soon gone. Our sincere condolences to Melissa's family and many friends who loved her.
Kish Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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