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“Chuck And Family I am sorry for your Loss. My Prayers Go out to You and Your Family .Tom McDermott Rotterdam, N.Y. ”
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“I only had the pleasure of meeting Melody a handful of times, through a mutual friend Annie Carlino, she always had a smile on her face.May she now...Read More »
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“Dear Chuckie and Valerie, holding all of you in my heart and prayers during this very sad time for all of you. Your mom was a great lady and so...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Debbie Drago - Friend

“Chuck and family, so sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Marla Alan Alex Michael Thompson

“I would like to express my sincere sympathies to Val, Chuck and families.Mel was such a beautiful person and she will be missed so much. My thoughts...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Clancy - Clifton Park, NY

“I knew Mel from working at NYSTRS. Mel always had a smile for me. She was such a kind, thoughtful person and she will be dearly missed by so many....Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Roberta Brock Whiting - Glenmont, NY

“I worked with Mel at NYS Teachers' Retirement System for many years and enjoyed our chats we had together......she was a hard worker and can't...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Donna Keefer - Cohoes, NY

“We are so very sorry about your mom Chuck and Valerie. I remember the many times seeing her when she was picking you both up from Danielles daycare....Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Orlinda Drake - Schenectady, NY

“My heartfelt sympathy to Mel's family, I was so shocked to hear of her passing. Mel was a wonderful person to work with, may precious memories...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: mary bodenstab - Troy, NY

“Chuck and family:We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Eric, Gina and Jon Fajans ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Chuck & family, I'm sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you guys! ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Stacy Rowe - clifton park, NY

“I worked with Mel for a short time before she retired; but I learned in that time that she had big heart, a sharp sense of humor, and a lot of love...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Dave Robertson - Waterford, NY

13 of 18 | Posted by: JOY WOODARD

“We are so Sorry For Your Loss! God Bless You All. Much Love , Uncle Al, Cindy and Greg ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Glenn, Kara, family and friends - So sorry for your loss. Mel will be missed by so many people. Always remember the great times and all her travels...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Marjorie Fargo - Windsor Locks, CT

“Sorry for your loss Mike, Eternal Rest grant unto her Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine on her, may she rest in peace ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Claudia Baczkowski - NY

“To Melody's family, So sorry for your loss. Mel was a very nice person. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.Judee Synakowski- from NYSTRS ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: Judee Synakowski - Coxsackie, NY

“No words can describe my feelings. Hugs to you all. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: Danielle (Nell) Krupski - Cohoes, NY

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SCHENECTADY - Melody A. Bellinger Craft, 56, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday morning, January 20, 2016, with her loving family by her side, after a short courageous battle against cancer.
Mel was born October 7, 1959 in Niskayuna to Lester and Nina Sisson Bellinger. She was a graduate of BH-BL School, and a long time employee for the State of New York. Melody finished her career at NYSTRS, where she met many friends after over 25 years of service. She retired in June 2015, and worked for the family business.
Some of her finest and most treasured memories were of her childhood with her sister and later with her children and of course spending time with her granddaughter, Devyn whom she spoiled. She enjoyed many activities including gardening, crafts, sewing, reading and traveling to places such as Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, and various places in the United States. Her love for her family was undeniable and felt by all that knew her.
She was predeceased in death by her parents and sisters, Sandy Bellinger and Cathy Nelson.
She is survived by her daughter, Valerie (Mike) Flaherty, son, Charles G. Craft; granddaughter, Devyn Flaherty; sister, Karalee & Glenn Nelson; father-in-
law, Charles E. Craft (Patricia Drago); nephews, Russell Nelson, (Chrissy and Billy), Chris Nelson, Curtis Nelson, (Jess, Lidia, Maddie, Quinn and Adam).
Services will be held on Saturday, January 23rd, at 3 pm at the Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home, 501 Union Street, with Deacon Joseph Romand, officiating.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home on Saturday from 1 pm until the service.
Services and calling hours WILL NOT be cancelled on Saturday, due to the pending inclement weather.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation in Melody's memory to: Operation Adopt a Soldier: 4281 Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Capt. John J McKenna IV, Military Courtesy Room, 737 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany NY 12211.