Melanie J. Schmidtka

Melanie J. Schmidtka

Aug 31st, 1969 - Jan 12th, 2022

Biography: Melanie Jean Schmidtka 
ONEIDA-Melanie Jean Schmidtka, 52, Stone Street, passed away Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at Oneida Healthcare shortly after her admission as a medical patient due to an extended illness. 
Born in Oneida, on August 31, 1969, she was the daughter of Donna Pulverenti and Steven Besock.
A lifelong resident of the Oneida area, Mel was a graduate to Oneida High School, Class of 1987. 
Melanie was a member to the Owls Club. She was most recently employed at the ARC. Mel loved caring for others. She also for two decades worked as a bartender to various establishments such as City Lanes, Jacks or Better, The Black Stallion, the Durhamville Veterans Club and Verona VFW, Post # 6811.
In her spare time, she loved listening to music, especially Kiss, watching Twister on replay, whipping up her infamous hot peppers, catching the Dallas Cowboys game. Mel especially loved spending time and having dance parties with her grandchildren…. they were her world. 
Melanie will be remembered as a kind, humble, and down to earth woman. She had a heart of gold. Melanie was the person that would do anything for anybody. She was infamous for asking her house guests if they wanted a sandwich and refused anyone to leave with an empty stomach. But most of all, to anyone that knew her, she was the life of the party. 
Surviving are her mother Donna (Gil Arasim) Besock; her two daughters, Katrina (David) Hyjek of Schenectady and Kourtney (Jason) Colón of Rome; her fiancé Jason Fogg of Oneida; her sisters, Valerie A. Besock of Oneida and Kelsey (Tyler) Reed of Poughkeepsie; her brother, Robbie S. (Caitlin) Besock of Syracuse; her five grandchildren, Sebastian, Maverick, Luciano, Harper and Juliete. She was predeceased by her father Steven L. Besock, grandmothers, Anna Besock and Heloise Pulverenti, grandfather, Dominic Pulverenti, and cousin, Richard Ward. 
Funeral services will be held 6 PM, Friday, January 21st, from the  Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main Street, Oneida, with the Reverend Michael Usborne. officiating. Interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home, 4-6 PM, Friday, prior to the service. 
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Paula J Pulverenti
Jan 15th, 2022 4:58 pm
Mel will miss your smile and humor
Keep them roaring in heaven with your jokes
Missy (Jannone) Weismantle
Jan 15th, 2022 5:56 pm
This breaks my heart! I have not seen Mel or her family in years, but I have many cherished & fun high school memories with Mel. I am laughing & crying thinking about some of our shenanigans. Rest In Peace my long ago friend. Prayers to your family for peace & comfort.
The Arnold Family
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Jan 19th, 2022 2:41 pm
We all love and miss you. Cindy, Scott, Sheri, Robin and Vicky pray for you and hope to see you again some day.
Michael Barcomb
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Jan 20th, 2022 2:47 pm
To Val and all of Mel's family I am just heartbroken and very sad to hear of Mel's passing. Once upon a time I can remember walking down those Oneida High School hallways and just hating life, and then I would see Val or Mel and a handful of others, and their smiles or hello's were what got me through the day. I am grateful that many years later, one night, I was in Beck's while in Oneida and I turned around and there she was, Mel. She looked exactly the same. We hugged, laughed, and had a great time. This should be no shocker to me but, she was friends with my niece. We all hung out a few times, and all we did was laugh til our faces hurt. I am really going to miss her ray of sunshine.

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