Lana Filamana Melet Kalis of Fairpoint, Ohio, beloved Mother, Grams and Nonna, passed peacefully to be with the lord April 24, 2017 at the age of 92. Lana was born September 14, 1924 in Bellaire, Ohio to the late August and Laura Palombi Melet. They were Italian immigrants, and she instilled in her family a great pride in their Italian heritage.
Lana was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Church in Fairpoint, Ohio until its closing in January of 2015. Lana and dear friend Margie Yemich walked to morning mass daily for over 17 years until she was in her late 70s. She often said this helped her live a long life.
Lana lived through the Great Depression and World War II, and was a strong role model for her children and grandchildren. Over the years she worked as a switchboard operator, a hostess for the Holiday Inn and a sales associate for Sears. In her 70s, she started a new job with the Fairpoint Post Office, teaching her family once again that you are never too old to learn and experience new things.
Above all, Lana loved her family and was happiest when she was making homemade spaghetti, pizzelles and wine cookies for family gatherings. She had many friends, some of whom she had known since childhood, and enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She was an active member of St. Joseph’s Women’s Club participating in all its activities.
In addition to her parents, Lana was preceded in death by her husband Chester, her son Chet, sister Ida Tisko, brothers Henry, Albert, Joe and Pat Melet, brother-in-law Andrew “Kush” Kalis and sister and brother-in-law Helen and Vern Sallee.
She leaves behind her loving family, daughters Darlene (Gary) Pempek of Fairpoint, Ohio and Nanette (Robert) Kalis of Athens, Ohio, grandchildren Tiffany (Jeff) Pempek Rahl, Jenna (Brandon) Pempek Pittman, Jed (Marseille) Collins, Katie (JJ) Collins, Brenda (Jeff) Kalis, and Jillian and Alexandra Kalis, great-grandchildren Edison and Theodore Rahl, and Ignatius and Leda Markham Collins. Her beautiful sister Josephine “Gena” Pubal, many special nieces and nephews and her faithful little companion, Bello.
Lana truly lived her life in the kindest way and memories of her will forever be a reminder that kindness is love in action. So in lieu of memorial contributions, the family would request that all those who knew her loving heart will celebrate her life by performing a random act of kindness for a stranger (or animal), because in the end, only kindness matters.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Clairsville with Fr. Thomas Chillog as celebrant. Final arrangements at the conveience of the family.
Arrangements by Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home & Crematory, St. Clairsville.
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