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Melissa Jean Howard , Age 39

July 03, 1982 --November 07, 2021

Melissa Jean Howard, age 39, of Baraboo passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 at St. Clare Hospice House. Melissa, daughter of Sheldon Howard and Donna Stein was born July 3, 1982 in Baraboo. She graduated from Verona Area High School in 2001 and continued her education at MATC. Melissa worked as a cashier for many businesses in the Madison area but most recently worked as a cashier at Walmart in Baraboo. At the age of 14, Melissa was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She endured multiple surgeries, each of them left her with more and more deficits. Her biggest hobby was the minute the snow was done flying she would ride her red trike to go shopping or just for exercise. Melissa was very competitive, especially when she was playing board games and cards with her "extended family." She also enjoyed traveling and the Green Bay Packers. One of her greatest accomplishments was participating in a 34-mile bike/trike ride for cancer in Madison and finishing.

Survivors include her loving mother, Donna (Joe, stepfather) Weis of Baraboo; brother, John Howard of Denver; nephew, Kamdyn Howard of Oregon, WI; aunts and uncles, Jeanne (Warren) Sterken of McFarland, Lee (Mary) Howard of Middleton, Jeanie (Jim) Buller of Baraboo, Julie (Paul) Klein of Bloomington, MN; her furry four-legged companion, Precious; and special friend, Sabrina, as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clayton (Helen) Stein and Sheldon (Ruby) Howard; father, Sheldon (Ken) Howard; and her uncle, Joe Howard.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at 12, noon, at Emanuel United Methodist Church with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will take place from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, Melissa's family would greatly appreciate memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Emanuel United Methodist Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to her personal trainer Tenille O'Leary and the team at Pulse Fitness for working with Melissa to help with her strength and balance, Dr. Robert Dempsey and Dr. Steven Howard at UW Hospital, as well as the staff at SSM Home Health United Hospice House in Baraboo for the care and compassion shown to Melissa and her family.


Donna Haigh November 10, 2021

Friend Hitchcock , South Dakota

Sending prayers and love. The loss of a child is something no parent should have to go thru. Hold on to the memories each day .

Penny Quandt November 11, 2021

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

So sorry!!She was a lovely girl our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this most difficult time 😇

Mike & Anne McCauley November 23, 2021

Friends Oconomowoc , Wisconsin

There is nothing we can say to ease the pain, just know you are in our thoughts and hearts. And always remember... YOU ARE LOVED!