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August 17, 1985 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 38) 38 Years Old
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Melissa Gayle Hardy, 38, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at her home following a
long battle with cancer.
She was born on August 17, 1985, a daughter to Teresa (Wennick) Hardy and the late Stephen
Hardy.Melissa graduated from Girard Alliance Christian Academy in 2004, and she continued
her education at Edinboro University earning a Bachelors in Psychology.
Melissa’s heart and passion was centered around serving others, especially children and adults in
need of support. She was involved in therapeutic support at the Gertrude Barber Center where
her patience was always seen when working with her clients. Melissa’s passion to help was also
found in working with the Erie City Mission, where she assisted those less fortunate.
Melissa, affectionately known by those she coached as “Coach Mel,” was involved in sports
throughout her life. She was an avid basketball, volleyball, and soccer player in both high school
and college. As an adult she coached volleyball, basketball and soccer for many years at Erie
First Christian Academy, and was adored by her players. She was an avid Green Bay Packers
fan, enjoyed musical theater, and loved animals.
She will be greatly missed by her family which includes her mother, Teresa (Wennick) Hardy;
sisters Stephanie Joslin (Todd) and Kelli Hardy.
Friends may call on Friday, December 29, 2023, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Edder Funeral Home,
Inc., 309 Main Street East, Girard and are invited to attend a Service at 7:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Melissa Hardy Memorial Fund, c/o Edder
Funeral Home or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324,New York, NY 10087.