Melissa Deanne Lamesch


MOUNT MORRIS – Melissa Deanne Lamesch, 27, lifelong Mt. Morris resident, died unexpectedly in her home Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 with her unborn son. Born May 10, 1993 in Rockford, the daughter of Gustave Lamesch III and Deanna (Shedd) Lamesch.

Melissa was a 2011 graduate of Oregon High School, attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Rock Valley College and Elgin Community College. She was a 2020 graduate of the Swedish-American EMS Paramedic class.

Melissa was employed as an EMT by Trace Ambulance Service in Tinley Park and hosted Trivia Nights for Pub Trivia USA. She was a long-time employee of Sullivan’s Foods. Melissa was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon and Faith Lutheran Church of Forreston. Growing up, she was part of Girl Scout Troop 480, Circle M 4-H; as well as the Oregon High School Student Council, Color guard, and Bowling team.

Melissa is survived by her father, Gustave Lamesch III  of Mt. Morris; mother, Deanna Lamesch of Malta; siblings: Cassie (Justin) Baal of Normal, Karl Lamesch of Malta, Bryan Lamesch of Malta and Julialyn Shedd of Malta; paternal grandmother, Mary Lamesch of Wheaton; maternal grandmother, Diane Shedd of Malta; nephews, Kolbe and Mayson Baal; and niece and goddaughter, Maddison Baal. Preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Gustave Lamesch, Jr and maternal grandfather, Daniel Shedd.

Melissa was obsessed over her cat, Antonio. She was known for her tremendously unique smile, always arriving fashionably late, and her love of eating and napping. Everything was done in her perfectionistic ways and always in true “Melissa Fashion.” She was unapologetically herself.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Oregon and burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery will be held. Visitation is yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for contribution toward the planting a tree in her memory at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle and a donation to Animal House Shelter, where Melissa adopted Antonio.  Also, the family is accepting children’s toy donations in memory of the unborn baby. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon assisted the family with arrangements.