Melanie Claire Hopp passed away at her home in Chelsea, MI on April 13, 2019 after thriving in the face of cancer for many years.  She was well-supported in her final days by her loving family, her many friends and Arbor Hospice. Melanie was born in 1957 in Livonia, MI to Elliott and Marjorie Parrish.  She met her husband of 40 years, Wallace Hopp, at Michigan State University.  They married in 1978 and settled in Chicago where they restored an old Victorian house and raised their two children, Elliott (of Auburn Hills) and Clara (of Detroit).  In addition to creating a warm home, Melanie worked as a learning specialist who taught special education students in the Chicago Public Schools and later in Ann Arbor. 

Melanie was also highly active in every community in which she lived.  In Rogers Park, Chicago, she was Local School Council President for her neighborhood elementary school, a Hospice volunteer and organizer of the famous Morse Avenue Fourth of July Parade.  After returning to Michigan, she became a dynamic member of the Chelsea First United Methodist church, an involved volunteer at Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, and an engaged participant in the Chelsea and Ann Arbor communities.  Despite her physical disabilities, Melanie found many ways to perform small acts of kindness for a wide array of people.

In addition to her husband and children, Melanie is survived by her brother Stephen Parrish of Livonia, her mother-in-law Rosemary Hopp of Chelsea, a large number of cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, close friends, and her dog Domino, all of whom she held dear.

A memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, April 27 at the First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St, Chelsea, MI.  The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Cass Community Social Services, 11745 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI 48206. 

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#20 Griffin Wright 2019-04-23 20:11
Melanie was fierce and a force to be reckoned with in the best possible way. While I did not have the fortune of knowing her as long as others, I have many fond memories of being with her and her Hopp family as I became a part of that family. I learned a lot from her and know she has left a lasting impact in many lives, including mine. Melanie, I know you definitely won't just rest up there, so whatever you're up to, may you do so in eternal peace! We all send our love, especially Iain.
#19 Art Hurter 2019-04-23 18:21
Dear Wally: I was sorry to learn of Melanie” passing. I am experiencing something similar with Florence and Alzheimer’s i have some feeling for what you are going through. You both were strong and you will miss her terribly but survive
#18 David Simchi-Levi 2019-04-20 11:41
Wally, we are so sorry for your loss. We were fortunate to have spent some fun time with Melanie when we were at Northwestern. Edith and David
#17 RoseMary Hopp 2019-04-17 09:01
Melanie was the most loving, helpful daughter-in-law one could have. He was so kind and helpful throughout our relationship. She will be missed.
#16 S.K. 2019-04-16 16:09
Melanie will be missed by many. I will miss our weekly chats and her laugh. She is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. She always looked on the bright side of things and always had a smile on her face. I am thankful for the friendship and closeness we developed over time. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. May she Rest In Peace. Heaven had gained a beautiful angel.
#15 Kyle Webber 2019-04-16 15:39
Remembering the time she learned the Hallelujah Chorus - determined to do so before she passed. What a beautiful soul, now free from the bondages of this life. Melanie touched many lives. Sing on, Melanie. You will be missed by so many.
#14 Barry Nelson 2019-04-16 08:56
On behalf of your many colleagues at Northwestern, Wally, our deepest sympathies. We were blessed to know Melanie.
#13 Kim Andrus 2019-04-15 16:13
Wally, I'm so sad for you and your family. I only met Melanie once, but it is clear she was a very loving and giving person who will be dearly missed. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find strength in the many beautiful memories you have shared as a family.
#12 RoseMary Hopp 2019-04-15 08:38
There are not enough words to describe Melanie's out-going generousity in reaching out. I could not have had a better daughter-in-law . Thank you Melanie--you will be missed. RoseMary
#11 Margaret and Glynn 2019-04-14 23:33
Melanie was a wonderful neighbor and friend to us. She came over several times a day to care for our cats when we were on numerous vacations. She studied piano with me and enjoyed her piano. She focused on you in conversation and showed a sincere interest in whatever you shared with her. Her cats and dog adored her, as well as her attentive husband, Wally, and devoted daughter, Clara. We will miss her dearly.

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